Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to offer you not just one but THREE chances to see jazz vocalist, trombonist, songwriter and teacher extraordinaire elizabeth! in Tamworth in November. elizabeth! will be artist-in-residence at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth from Monday, November 14 to Friday, November 18, working with students on musical improvisation. Community members are invited to a free workshop in vocal improvisation on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 PM at the Cook Library in Tamworth; no prior musical experience is necessary, and donations are welcome. On Friday, November 18, elizabeth! and her band will play a mini-concert at 2:00 PM at the Brett School in conjunction with a sharing of student work from the residency. The grand finale of this inspiring week will be a concert and CD release party on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM at The Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua. elizabeth! will be joined by Fred Haas on piano, David Westphalen (elizabeth!'s father!) on bass, and Tim Gilmore on drums as she celebrates the release of her latest album Brainchildren, of which College Music Journal says, “every moment of this album has something to offer.” You’ll hear elizabeth!’s wide-ranging vocal talents and the shouts and whispers of her trombone as the band offers up everything from jazz standards to elizabeth!’s own jazz/pop hybrids off the new album (listen here). Refreshments and a cash bar will be available, along with a choice of concert and cabaret seating. Tickets for the evening performance are $5 to $30 for adults (Choose Your Own Ticket Price), $0 to $5 for kids to 18. Buy them online through PayPal here, or call 603-323-8104. Help ACT by printing a few copies of this poster, and hanging them in your favorite hangouts around the area!
Vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter elizabeth! is a fun and interactive performer and educator who connects with audiences through the thrill of improvisation and personal, accessible musical stories. Like Nat “King” Cole and Ella Fitzgerald before her, she’s a playful storyteller with a twinkle in her eye that comes through in her music. In her jazzy pop tunes inspired by travels around the world, elizabeth! also harnesses the power of pregnant moments, carefully phrasing her vocals to give each word its own special place.
elizabeth! has toured with pop stars like Michael Bolton, jazz musicians like Matt Wilson, and indie rockers like St. Vincent. Her own band’s live performances are organic and full of play, as she’s not afraid to take risks on-stage “all in the name of having fun and connecting with people. We have a great time when we play this music, and it’s unique every time because we really listen to each other and react in real time.” A jazz waltz like “CB Radio” becomes a Latin-influenced rhumba one night, and a pointy, minimalist jaunt the next, keeping audience members involved and interested. “Sometimes we even take suggestions for style!”
Honing her craft since the age of seven, elizabeth! has studied piano, trombone, and voice as well as arranging and composition. She played in the jazz band while studying neuroscience at Harvard, and has a Master’s Degree in jazz from New York City’s Queens College, but her initial love of music came from her parents in rural Vermont. “My dad is a musician, so I grew up listening to live jazz – going backstage, lugging gear, learning the ins and outs,” she said. “And my mom had great taste, playing Motown and folk music at home.” This combination of musical genres can be heard in the music elizabeth! plays today, and in the way she approaches performance: lyrical like a pop song, but with a background twist of jazz. Counting Sheila Jordan and Phil Wilson as influential teachers, elizabeth! also admits to loving Whitney Houston.
In 2008, she released her debut EP of jazz standards, hot & silver, turning classic American songbook tunes like “L-O-V-E” and “Night and Day” into her own creations. eJazzNews called it “a classy entrance into the world of jazz.” The Palo Alto Daily News said “her silky, sultry, elegant vocals enliven standards …elizabeth! gives each tune a few tasty new twists.”
Also a dynamic teacher and clinician, elizabeth! believes everyone can be musical. Using improvisation as a guiding tool, she works with students of all ages, building confidence and developing imagination. She teaches in various situations, from one-on-one performance coaching, to workshops for fifth graders on improvisation in daily life, to lecturing 800 rowdy inner city high school students. She also directs the summer Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts.
elizabeth! has performed across the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. Notable venues include: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Chicago Theater, Sasquatch Music Festival, Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, PBS’s Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize broadcast honoring Tina Fey, Bowery Ballroom, Jazz Standard, and Switzerland’s Willisau Jazz Festival. She recently sang at the Yaroslavl Jazz Festival in Russia, and last year spent time teaching trombone in Quito, Ecuador.
elizabeth! continues Arts Council of Tamworth’s 2011-2012 season of performances, artist residencies, community workshops and more. By offering both afternoon and evening performances, ACT hopes to make uplifting creative experiences available to community members of all ages, regardless of situation. Tamworth Caregivers has partnered with ACT to provide transportation to homebound clients who wish to attend the afternoon performance. Contact Tamworth Caregivers at 603-323-7697 for information. Homeschoolers wishing to participate in the artist residency can call Brett at 323-7271 for schedule information.
If you’d like a meal in town before the show, The Other Store in Tamworth will be offering a local foods supper. Call 603-323-8872 for menu and reservations.
Thanks to Media Sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, The Mountain Ear, and 93.5 WMWV | Magic 104FM. Thanks to BEAM Construction, Inc. and Ambrose Brothers, Inc. for their support. Arts Council of Tamworth is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts. elizabeth!’s residency is also made possible with support from the K. A. Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA, Walmart, and the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts.