Ms. Blu's Bio
Ms. Blu is a prolific singer and songwriter who puts “storytelling” into her music. At twelve Ms.Blu (aka Audra Berger) was a music and nightclub prodigy. She and her Blusical City™ are brands that exemplify who she is, what color her magic is and where she comes from. Ms. Blu has the ability to transform any music, from old standards to twelve-bar blues, into something powerfully new. Ms. Blu is the Blues ... Jazz … Old School … Socially Conscious Songs into magical entertainment.
Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Ms. Blu made her singing debut at the age of eleven, at the same community center where Richard Pryor got his start a few years earlier. In 1964, Ms. Blu had the pleasure of working on an original song recorded at Chess Studio in Chicago, where the studio musicians were Donny Hathaway on piano, Willie Weeks on bass and Phil Upchurch on guitar. In ’68, at the age of eighteen, Ms. Blu opened for Marvin Gaye at the Aragon Ball Room in Chicago.
Three of Ms. Blu’s original songs, “Today,” “Healthcare Poorhouse Blues” and “Soulmate,” were engineered and arranged by Elliot Schiener and Rob Mounsey. Joe D’Ambrosio of Joe D’Ambrosio Management provided Ms. Blu™ with their services. Elliot Scheiner is a seven-time Grammy winning engineer. Rob Mounsey is a composer, music arranger, record producer and musician with two Emmy awards.
“Today (Can You Spare Some Change)”© was inspired by the pathos of a middle-class woman Ms. Blu saw begging on the subway and by the message of change of our first African-American President.
“Healthcare Poorhouse Blues”© was written to bring humor and awareness to the seriousness and conflict of the healthcare crisis in the United States.
“Soulmate”© is a personal account of the events that led to Ms. Blu’s marriage to her husband of 26 years, David Berger.
On Thursday, March 28, at Jazz at Kitano, on 38th and Park Ave, NYC, Ms. Blu, along with the Blusical™ City Quartet, will be doing two sets, 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM. She will be telling her stories through her songs.
David Caldwell-Mason - Piano
Steve Wood - Bass
Andrew Gould - Sax
Kolja Gjoni- Drums