New York City based singer and actress Amanda Ferguson was first exposed to jazz standards after listening to early Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett albums from her parents record collections.  Years later she was asked to be the lead vocalist for the award winning jazz band at Foxboro High School in Massachusetts, and was introduced to and influenced by such greats as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, and Diane Schuur to name a few.  After graduating with a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and performing in many musical productions and music venues throughout the New York and the New England area,  she found herself yearning to explore the timeless beauty of The Great American Songbook.  She teamed up with acclaimed jazz pianist Joshua Richman and started to cultivate a repertoire of her favorite standards, as well rearranging some more contemporary songs  to reflect the style and nuance of the jazz era.  She has recently performed at such venues as Joe’s Pub, Cornelia Street Cafe, and Bostonia Public House.  She is honored and delighted to make her Minton’s debut!