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'Howlin' at the Highlands' to feature vocalist with Streisand/Midler sound

The jazz concert at the Highlands Center for Natural History on Saturday, Aug. 9,  will feature Cami Thompson, accompanied by Mike Vax and the Jazz Summit All-Stars Band. (Courtesy photo)

The jazz concert at the Highlands Center for Natural History on Saturday, Aug. 9, will feature Cami Thompson, accompanied by Mike Vax and the Jazz Summit All-Stars Band. (Courtesy photo)

Cami Thompson will be making her first appearance at the Highlands Center for Natural History on Saturday, Aug. 9, in a summer concert under the stars.

The "Howlin' at the Highlands' concert is sponsored by the Prescott Jazz Summit and will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Jazz Summit All Stars, directed by Mike Vax, will provide instrumental accompaniment.

Thompson has gained a worldwide reputation among reviewers for entertaining audiences with her four-octave voice and style that have been called a "delightful mix of Ella Fitzgerald and Bette Midler." She is often compared to voices like Cleo Laine, Natalie Cole, Barbara Streisand, Barbara Cook and Sarah Vaughan.

However, her own style has gathered fans across Europe and Asia, in nightclubs, concerts, festivals and theaters. She has written 120 songs, and her range of experiences includes opera, jazz, classical piano, musical theater and dance. Thompson fronts her own musical ensembles varying in size from a three-piece band to an 18-member big band.

Thompson has appeared as an opening act for the Manhattan Transfer, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Diana Reeves, Lou Rawls, Art Blakely, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, Ernestine Anderson and others. She has six albums to her credit.

Raised in a musical family, Thompson started singing at age 2, piano lessons at age 6 and sang with her sisters throughout their childhood at church and civic events. She has formal training from the University of Nevada - Reno, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and the University of London. Thompson now resides in San Francisco though she travels often back to her hometown of Las Vegas.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Jazz Summit's website, www.prescottjazz.com, or by calling Kristy at 928-277-1576. Tickets are also available at the Highlands Center by calling 928-776-9550.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott.