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      The highlights of Banu's career so far have been appearing on Garrison Keillor’s award winning NPR series, A Prairie Home Companion, bringing in the millennium as the only guest artist of the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, singing at the 2001 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with he... read more

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      Feb 22 Buffas Bar and Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana
      Mar 23 Buffas Bar and Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana
      May 3 Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots New Orleans, Louisiana
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      The highlights of Banu's career so far have been appearing on Garrison Keillor’s award winning NPR series, A Prairie Home Companion, bringing in the millennium as the only guest artist of the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, singing at the 2001 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with her special guest Fayard Nicholas of the famed dance duo the Nicholas Brothers, and singing with Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Bowl.


      Banu was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Hollywood, Florida. She studied dance from the age of three and started voice training with an opera singer at nine. She graduated college with a degree in music and theater, and landed her first professional dancing jobs while still in her teens. One of those jobs was "hoofing" and singing at Jackie Gleason's "Joe the Bartender's " at the Hilton hotel on Miami Beach. At Gleason's she worked opposite the great Dixieland trumpeter Phil Napoleon and got her first steady dose of traditional jazz.


      Banu moved to New York and worked on the road for the next three years, then settled in California to sing and dance with a show at Disneyland called the "Class of '27," which performed four shows a night like the acts on the old vaudeville circuits. Banu used her free days to choreograph Broadway musicals for a summer arts program. She was drawn to New Orleans in 1973, formed her own band in 1981, and captured a wide audience as part of a PBS TV series "Dixieland Jazz From New Orleans" which aired worldwide. A subsequent PBS appearance, taped at the St. Louis Ragfest, received a local Emmy. Joan Lunden featured Banu and her band on her syndicated TV show Everyday. Banu was also the vocalist for the first season of PBS' Great Chefs of New Orleans. In 1988 Banu and her band added performances with symphony 'Pops' to their other concerts around the world including a sold out performance in Oslo with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.


      In 1986, Banu toured Europe with the late cornetist, Wild Bill Davison. She has continuously performed abroad with her band in Germany, England, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and with a contingent of her band in Australia. In 1995, Banu traveled with her pianist/musical director David Boeddinghaus, for a week of performances in Vienna including a gala appearance at the Palais Auersperg. In July 1996 Banu toured Japan as the featured vocalist with The World's Greatest Jazz Band. She sang in New York City with Dick Hyman at Jazz in July in 1991 and 1995. She was the featured vocalist on many Riverwalk, Live From the Landing radio shows and has been featured on a number of their recordings including the Battle of Bands and Hot Jazz For A Cole Yule. Banu and her band appeared on Garrison Keillor’s award winning NPR series, A Prairie Home Companion, and brought the millennium in as the only guest artist of the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Banu is also highlighted in the first chapter of Charles Kuralt's America.

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