Family Matinee: Tiffany Austin | SFJAZZ
Family Matinee: Tiffany Austin
SFJAZZ is proud to celebrate the centennial of one of the greatest voices in jazz and First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald! Born in 1917, Ella’s powerful tone, impeccable phrasing and uncanny scatting made her one of the most beloved vocalists in American music history. Since her seminal days with the Chick Webb Orchestra before launching her stunning solo career, Lady Ella immortalized jazz and popular song like no one else. From her exquisite rendition of “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” to her many collaborations with jazz giants, Fitzgerald was among the heralded jazz singers to canonize the Great American Songbook and successfully cross over to the non-jazz audience. For our Family Matinee in honor of Women’s History Month, Bay Area soulful songstress Tiffany Austin celebrates the legacy of one of the most iconic figures in American music.
Vocalist Tiffany Austin’s tradition-rooted yet totally modern style has established her as one of the fastest rising jazz stars in Northern California. Before earning a law degree at U.C. Berkeley, she’d performed on three continents—around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in England, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo. However, instead of taking the bar exam, she decided instead to devote her life to her first love—music.
Austin’s music and voice draw upon influences such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, yet she also infuses songs with her own signature style that is precise, intelligent, and soulful. Her emotional and nuanced delivery has caught the attention of eminent artists, whom she has joined onstage: vibraphonist Roy Ayers at Motion Blue (Japan), drummer Tommy Campbell at the Blue Note (NYC), and saxophonist John Handy for a three-night engagement at Dizzy’s (NYC) commemorating his 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival performance.
This celebration is generously supported by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.