Born and raised in Los Angeles, Traci Wynn derived much of her early musical influence from her stepfather, Sam Cross Jr. Sam played sax with such legends as James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, the Temptations among others. Traci would avidly listen to these artists as members of their bands would visit for impromptu jam sessions. She began playing the clarinet at age 8, then gravitated to the baritone saxophone four years later. Progressing from baritone to alto until she found a true connection with the tenor sax, she played in her high school's jazz band, winning accolades and placed 2nd in the annual Battle of the Bands. It was during this time that her professional music career truly started as founding member of The Family Jewels. The group played with the Bob Hope USO Tour, and shared the stage with many popular bands of the day, including Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Santana, and Abbey Lincoln. In its three-year existence, the Jewels entertained small rooms and then earned listings in such larger venues as The Hollywood Bowl, The Roxy and The Palladium.

In college, Traci continued to study music and played in the Los Angeles City Jazz Band and several other groups which had an enthusiastic following on the local L.A. club scene. Currently residing in the musical hotbed of Atlanta, she has been playing her sax at local clubs, and private venues including Sambuca Jazz Café, Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Restaurant, Pappadeaux, and Goethe Zentrum (German Cultural Center), as well as hosting the “Jazz Communion” a monthly Sunday event (started by Traci) held at homes throughout greater Atlanta, and organized a fundraiser for Doctor’s Without Borders. Additionally, she was featured playing two of her originals on a CD of women composers sponsored by the National Museum Of Women In The Arts and Agnes Scott College.

Traci finds her inspiration in such pioneering artists as Ben Webster, Lester Young, Stan Getz, and John Coltrane. Some of her personal highlights have been venues such as: Farsköl and Tivoli Grana Lund - Stockholm, Sweden; American Bar and Grill - Frankfurt, Germany; World Stage (Billy Higgins' club) – Los Angeles, CA; and The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. Her musical diversity shines whether she is joined with simply a piano or guitar, or performing with a 14 piece jazz orchestra. Her musical styles range from Jazz, Latin (salsa & bossa nova), and R & B, to the contemporary sounds of today.

Watch for this rising star playing jazz the way you like it -
Smooth and Straight Ahead.