Yvette Norwood-Tiger is an international jazz vocalist, recording artist, songwriter, The Recording Academy (GRAMMY) voting member, and founder/director of the Palm Beach International Jazz Festival. She is a Detroit, Michigan native who hails from a family of musicians, including a father who played guitar and a mother who played drums. Her CDs, A'LA ELLA! and whY NoT... Love, Peace, Joy, Jazz, features music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. Yvette’s newly released CD, LOVE IS, is a wonderful compilation of great jazz standards and original songs and music. Her general repertoire includes jazz standards, bebop, and Latin jazz. She performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations of the Great American Songbook, while emphasizing intonation and storytelling. Yvette performs jazz songs in six languages including English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Xhosa. Her vocal styling and texture is often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
She performs internationally at historic jazz venues and has sat in with jazz orchestra The Cotton Club All Stars at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, NY. She has also sat in with Latin music artist, Tito Puente, Jr., the late saxophonist David Fathead Newman, family members of Celine Dion, and Jay Beckenstein and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Yvette resides in south Florida where she performs extensively, including performances at the Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the Arts Garage, and the Cultural Council of the Arts of Palm Beach County. Yvette performs sold out/standing room only concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, the Muizenberg Jazz Festival in Cape Town South Africa, as well as at one of the top jazz venues in Berlin, Germany (B-Flat Jazz Club). She performs at Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) in Brussels, Belgium in addition to various venues in New Jersey, New York (Birdland), Florida and Michigan (Cliff Bell’s). Yvette recently performed sold out/standing room only concerts at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, Florida and at Royal Albert Hall (her second concert at Royal Albert Hall in less than nine months) titled “WORLD TOUR OF JAZZ”, which she performs jazz songs written by composers from around the world. Her recent performance at the historic jazz club Cliff Bell’s in Detroit was also a sold out/standing room only event. Yvette’s CD, A’LA ELLA! is a celebration of the life and works of Ella Fitzgerald and is played on radio stations around the world and was on JazzWeek jazz charts for 6 straight weeks. Yvette was recently featured in short film titled "Art Meets Jazz on J Street". A film produced and directed by south Florida film maker, James Venable. Art Meets Jazz on J Street was presented at the Boynton Beach Short Film Festival and at the Northeast Film Festival in Teaneck, NJ, and is the winner of the 2018 Wavelengths Awards. “The swingin’ and groovin' singer’s career is on the fast track. Whether she is backed with a full jazz ensemble or with a piano accompanist, she sets an authentic jazzy mood for true jazz listeners.”- Phil Dorian, Two River Times (Rumson, New Jersey).
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT JAZZ STAR GUEST ARTIST - BENJAMIN COLIN
Born in 2007, Benjamin Collin has been playing trombone since 2016. He credits his serious interest in vintage jazz after hearing Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” in his fourth grade classroom. He immerses himself every single day into jazz and he continues to play the trombone to keep the great sounds of vintage jazz alive. Jazz on J Street has played a major role in his development ever since he was invited on stage in June 2018 where, at only 11 years old, he caught the eye and ear of many. His invaluable experiences there have led to several other performances in and around South Florida, including with his very own Babyblu Jazz Band. In May 2019, Benjamin was honored to be the only young musician chosen in Palm Beach County to receive an Alex Tribute Trombone. Only 50 children were chosen in the South Florida area to receive this trombone in honor of 14 year old Alex Schachter who played trombone and was lost at the Stoneman-Douglas incident in Parkland in February 2018. Benjamin plays his tribute trombone proudly to keep Alex’s spirit as well as vintage jazz alive. Benjamin can be found on Facebook at Benjamin Collin Music.