Andrienne Wilson was born in Berkeley,
California. Her far-reaching musical education started at the age of four
as her vaudevillian grandmother taught her how to read music, play piano,
and sing the vaudeville act. Andrienne started playing the flute at nine,
writing songs at twelve, and taking voice lessons at thirteen. She started
singing professionally at eighteen in clubs around San Francisco, Reno
and Lake Tahoe, and never looked back.
Ms. Wilson's college education included
tours as a vocalist with big bands and the Soundsation '77 jazz choir,
adding a performance tour of Europe and the Montreux Jazz Festival to
her resume. During her college career, Joe Williams became a mentor, giving
her arrangements to augment her repertoire, and he remained an important
influence until his recent passing.
A lifetime in music has enabled her to
span disciplines from theater, to jazz, to acting, to improvisation, including
composing, performing and/or recording with Diane Schuur, George Cables,
Mulgrew Miller, Stephen Scott, John Hicks, Bobby Watson, Tommy Campbell,
Alex Blake, Victor Jones, Arthur Blythe, Patience Higgins, Stanton Davis
Jr., Norman Hedman's TROPIQUE, and Chico Freeman.
In 1992, Andrienne became the musical director of the Seattle-based MOAZZ
Modern Jazz Dance Ensemble. The company specialized in unusual combinations
of simultaneous music and dance development. The experimental nature of
the company led to her growth as an improviser and poet.
In 1997, Ms. Wilson, with the help of the Berman Music Foundation, stepped
onto the international scene as a bandleader after years as a sideman,
arranger and composer. Her release, Shes Dangerous, on Arabesque
Records received critical acclaim, and kept her on the road with some
of todays top artists.
When she is home, Ms. Wilson is active in the Northwest music scene through
her extensive teaching and vocal coaching in theater and jazz workshops.
Much of her time is spent with young songwriters, preparing the next wave
of originality. Andrienne starred in the V-Day 2000, Seattle production
of Eve Einsler's work, The Vagina Monologues. The production included
musical performances and some additional material of performance pieces
written by Ms. Wilson.
Andriennes next CD, Angel of Mercy, reunites the wonderful
musicians who blazed trails with her on the last release. George Cables,
Tommy Campbell and Alex Blake are artistic partners who love each others
playing, and take off on a fresh outlook from a composer who makes no
assumptions. The blend is, quite simply, one of the best bands in jazz
Please call 206-443-4221 for reservations.