Yvette Norwood-Tiger, international jazz vocalist and recording artist, songwriter, vocal coach, Recording Academy (GRAMMY) recording and voting member, and founder/director of the Palm Beach International Jazz Festival (www.pbijf.org), 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 feature music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. Yvette performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations of the great American Songbook, while emphasizing intonation and storytelling. Her vocal styling and texture is often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. In addition to traditional jazz, her repertoire includes gospel, bebop, Latin jazz, classic songs from popular music, and arias of the great composers such as Puccini. She also performs songs in other languages which includes French, Italian, Portuguese, Xhosa, and Spanish. Her mission in music is to uplift, inspire, and heal the heart, mind and spirit of the listener.
She performs internationally and has sat in several times 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 band members of Spyro Gyra – Jay Beckenstein and Tom Schuman. Yvette now resides in south Florida where she performs extensively, including concerts at the Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. She tours worldwide including stops in Europe and South Africa. She frequently makes regular visits to the New York/New Jersey area where she performs to sold out rooms. Yvette is a true vocal natural in any setting from jazz festivals to intimate jazz clubs. She captivates the audience whether she’s singing with an ensemble featuring piano, bass, drums, trumpet, and saxophone; with a piano or guitar accompanist; or with a full orchestra.
Yvette was recently featured in a 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.
Her CDs, are great compilations of popular jazz standards that lends the mind back to the days of the original recordings. Close your eyes while listening to her music and let the sultry sounds of Yvette Norwood-Tiger take you to a place where jazz was the most celebrated American music genre.
According to press clippings from the Two River Times, “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.”
She will be backed by the Scott Gwinnell Quartet