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Carla Cook is daring. She's a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you'd never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This Detroit native, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you'll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, blues and gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. Her 1999 debut album, It's All About Love, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and won the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. Her subsequent albums have continued to receive critical acclaim. See her perform live when she comes to Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church as part of the Harlem Jazz Series.