Nancy Wright is a saxophonist and employment and labor law attorney. She has performed with many top blues artists, including Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Lowell Fulsom, and Son Seals. In addition to her solo work, Wright is also on the Ivy Hill artist team. In addition, Wright is a member of the American Red Cross.
Nancy Wright is a saxophonist
Saxophonist Nancy Wright is an in-demand and highly regarded musician. Her big-toned tenor sax has been hailed by major music critics. Wright’s career began in the San Francisco Bay area with her band, the Hot Links, where she played with Swamp Boogie Queen Katie Webster. The pair recorded an album on Arhoolie Records. Wright toured with B.B. King and received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1994.
A veteran sideman of the Blues scene, Wright has released several recordings over the years, including her latest blues/roots CD, “Putting Down Roots.” She has performed with Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, and Paul Revelli, and has recorded three solo albums.
Wright has also toured with a number of top musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, and Lonnie Mack. She also leads her own jazz trio. Her new CD, “Moanin’,” was produced by Tony Monaco. It features jazz, blues, ballroom, soul, and original compositions.
Wright began playing music as a child. Her parents encouraged her to study music, and she was one of only five children to ever stop playing an instrument. Wright’s style fits with her saxophone philosophy: blues is a “feeling” music and technique can be secondary.
She is an employment and labor law, attorney
Nancy Wright provides comprehensive legal services in employment and labor law. She represents a diverse clientele in matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour issues. Her practice also covers FMLA, ERISA, and contracts. She has a particular focus on protecting the rights of the working population.
Nancy serves as an in-house counsel for a variety of businesses and organizations. She regularly represents large and small corporations and nonprofits in employment-related litigation. She has significant trial experience. She has tried hundreds of employment, labor, premises, and professional liability cases. She also spent seven years as a plaintiff’s attorney, allowing her to provide a unique perspective and a keen eye for potential weaknesses in her client’s defense.
Wright is also a frequent speaker and author. Her first book, “The Workplace Transformed,” outlines the recent changes in the workplace fueled by the global pandemic and provides practical solutions to help organizations thrive in the new environment. Wright is an employment and labor law litigator, mediator, and workplace investigator. Her work has been recognized by numerous legal publications and awards, including inclusion in Best Lawyers and Women in Law.
She is a member of the Ivy Hill artist team
Nancy Wright is a member of the Ivy Hill artist team. She is known for her original music in the roots and blues and has released two CDs. Her latest CD, “Putting Down Roots,” features twelve original songs that straddle the blues, R&B, New Orleans, funk, and gospel genres. The CD was also named one of the Top 20 Blues Albums of 2017.
Wright has toured extensively and is in demand as a saxophonist. Her big-toned tenor has earned her the praise of major music critics. During her time with Lonnie Mack, one of the founding fathers of the blues-rock genre, she gained mentorship from the legendary guitarist. In addition, Wright has toured with Grammy-award-winning guitarist John Lee Hooker and performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn.
She is a member of the American Red Cross
As a member of the Marine Corps Marathon team, Nancy Wright is proud to run for the organization and honor the men and women who have served our country in the military. She has run the Marine Corps Marathon six times and finds it an appropriate way to honor those who have served our country. Although she likes running by herself, she likes being around other like-minded people who are in similar situations.
Nancy and her husband Pete Ross have owned a construction business in the area since 1977. She is active in the community and has been a member of the Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club since 1987. In college, she studied health at California State University, Long Beach. After graduating, she moved to her current hometown, where she met Pete. The couple raised their two children here.
Mary Wright served as secretary of the Greater New Castle Chamber of Commerce for eight years. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, building homes in various states. She and her husband retired to Salisbury, Maryland, where they became active in the community and in her community. Mary Wright was active in her church and in many other organizations, including PEO Sisterhood, the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Volunteers Plus, and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council. She and her husband Bill also enjoyed travel and traveled the world.
Previously, VanJelgerhuis worked as the chief of human resources for the Indianapolis EMS Department. She provided leadership guidance to over 300 employees in this organization, including those who serve the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
She is a playwright
Nancy Wright began her career in music as a classically trained bassoon player who later began studying the saxophone. While still in college, she joined an acoustic jam between the theater and music buildings. Wright’s interest in music grew and she soon began to play the blues. While working at a local nightclub, she was often invited to join a band led by John Lee Hooker.
Wright’s musical talents are well known. Her work is performed by professional musicians. She recorded several albums under various names including Dick Facebat and Nancy Wright. She worked with a group of musicians that had worked with Santana, Cray, Bishop, and other notable artists. Wright enjoyed working with seasoned musicians and gave the musicians plenty of room to shine.
Wright has written several award-winning plays for children and teens. One of her most famous works is “Izzy’s Fire” about a poor Catholic farm family who risked their lives to save thirteen Lithuanian Jews during the Holocaust. Three of the family members were later named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research in Jerusalem.
Wright was born in Wauwatosa, WI, and later moved to Houston, TX, where she graduated from Galena Park High School in 1950. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rice University. She also excelled in tennis and was a champion at Scrabble.