Kristen Lee Hubbard practically grew up on stage, performing in theater, dance and musical groups. Early on, her parents taught her an invaluable lesson: how to sing on key. Kristen lived all over the place before landing in Murfreesboro to be close to her family. In Murfreesboro, Kristen met Roland Gresham, a life-changing experience; he introduced Kristen to the titillating world of jazz music and after singing with Gresham for nearly two years, she formed her own band of explorers and is now the lead chanteuse of Kristen's Sultry Jazz Ensemble. Catch Kristen and her Ensemble during their weekly shows at The Boro Bar & Grille in Murfreesboro every Wednesday at 9:30 pm or tonight at The Boro at 5 pm. Here Kristen talks about her love for cheese, belly dancers, and where she thinks George Bush should be.
1. What's your proudest moment in music? One Friday, after our happy hour show at The Boro, a gentleman stopped me on my way out the door. He said to me, "Wow, I really enjoyed your show. I didn't think I liked this kind of music, but you guys made me feel really good!" That was just the greatest compliment anyone can give an artist.
2. What's your most humbling moment in music? Hmmmm... Performance is pretty much always humbling to me. I find renunciation of the ego to be of utmost importance for full expression.
3. If you could perform with anyone (past or present,) who would it be? You know, I want to perform with everyone. Street musicians, belly dancers, the Brodsky Quartet, Nina Simone... give 'em all my number.
4. What's the first concert you ever went to? My parents used to take us to concerts at church when I was a child. Once, one of the artists stayed in our house. I thought that was the coolest, hanging out with a traveling musician at my own house!
5. What's the last local music event you went to? A couple of weeks ago, I went to The Muse to see the Juan Prophet Organization open for Sleepytime Gorrilla Museum. The music all night was pumped with creative energy, it was intoxicating. I danced myself silly.
6. What's your favorite cheesy song? Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy... o.k., I guess The Cars falls into this category. Probably "Just What I Needed," but gosh, so much cheesy music is fun, don't you think?
7. What's the last album you bought? I recently bought Sheila Chandra's Roots and Wings retrospective. This woman does amazing things with her voice. I am continually inspired by her diverse applications.
8. If you could be anyone else for 24 hours, who would it be and why? I would be President George W. Bush. Man, they'd be in for it on Capitol Hill with me around for 24 hours. And probably, he'd be committed to an asylum shortly thereafter.
9. How do you keep your weekly performances fresh? Kristen's Sultry Jazz Ensemble, a.k.a. the Savant Guarde, plays jazz standards and other tasty tunes "in the spirit of the moment," that is to say, we improvise on a theme, changing up bits and pieces as we go along. This seems to keep us and our guests amused, it is always fresh if you just let it happen. Not necessarily always pretty, but certainly fresh.