Interview in English on JAZZESPRESSO Network:
- 1.what made you desire to be a jazz singer ?
I am a classically trained opera singer, so singing Jazz was not my first choice. When I went to college all I knew was that I wanted to learn formal training in music. I had no idea that would be Opera singing. After graduating from University of New Orleans with my Masters in Vocal Performance, I sang for many years with the Opera Chorus in New Orleans. I soon realized that I no longer wanted to be a chorus girl. It was time to reevaluate my musical career. Born and raised in New Orleans, I was surrounded by Jazz. I soon realized that singing Jazz was my next career. It just made sense.
- 2. what is jazz today in your opinion?
My father, Marion Brown was an Alto Saxophonist and Musicologist in the Avant Garde era of Jazz. I have drawn inspiration from his interpretation of Jazz as experimentation mixed with emotion.
- 3.How do you choose the repertoire and the musicians to play with?
I choose my repertoire by what compliments me as a musician. Certain songs work better with certain singers. Sometimes it’s the lyrics. Sometimes it’s the melody. Whatever the song..you must make it your own. I only work with the best Jazz musicians in New Orleans. However, that is not hard to find in a city rich in musical talent.
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