Born: May 26, 1959
Trained as a dancer, singer, actress & entertainer in England and the Netherlands.
Born in a family of music lovers, Colette was brought up with jazz, as her father played and loved it! That love continues into the next generation. Colette has sung many different styles of music as she worked as an entertainer for many years, but singing jazz is like “coming home” to Colette. “One of the greatest gifts my father gave me was his enthusiasm, dedication to and love for music, in particular jazz music. I inherited that love and am forever grateful. We used to listen to Benny Webster, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, the Bosswell Sisters, Miles Davis and many others and went through all the emotions those fabulous musicians led us through. Once I started singing jazz I found that I just love singing those old wonderful songs with their timeless lyrics.”...
Awards1990 - Won the Polaroid Award & Soloist Award, NL. 1992 - Won the Breukelen Jazz Award, NL.
Review: ... Still, while performing she gives a lot more than just a professional show; she gives herself. That enormous physical expressiveness, the willingness to throw herself deeply into a song, the art of swingingly taking in tow a full concert hall, is part of her being. From the top of her head to the tip of her toes she is music.... (Jan Rensen/NL).
Review 2007: .... It is difficult to start talking about someone on an artistic journey, who, I think, reaches clear perfection. I speak in this review of COLETTE WICKENHAGEN. The sound of her voice reminds me of those unforgettable Negro female voices from the foundation of the vocal jazz and, in addition, she develops it with an impressive feel for swing, characteristic for this music of marginal origin, to such a degree of freedom, that her choice for this form of expression commands respect. Colette, in this CD, chose standards that allow her to exhibit that freedom so that, paradoxically, it really touches us. I state: Colette is a great one. She deserves to be classified among the select group of Best Jazz Singers in this present time. I recommend you to enjoy, especially as an appetizer, “Frim Fram Sauce”, “Night and Day”, and “Can’t we be friends”. Unforgettable. Make sure you get it, the best present you can buy for someone else or for yourself.... (Marcelo Tchechenistky/Brasil).
Review 2009: ...and then this CD Just Friends Jammin', I'm not going to analize. Just experience and enjoy, on my way to work, going home, at night having dinner, later on the couch, while peeling the potatoes, before going to bed, in bed whilst having sunday morning breakfast, these are only a few suggestions. Because this is not just jazz alone, this is “ENTERTAINMENT !” In short, we get up with it and go to bed with it... (Bob van Eekhout, NL)
Review 2009: Colette Wickenhagen doesn’t like to show off, and doesn’t need to do so either. But she just can’t help sounding like a complete jazz singer. She is able to deliver a text in a meaningful way, making every word count; when she sings about ‘chills on my spine’ (in her memorable rendition of ‘How Long Has This Been Going On’) you just have to believe her. But she can also scat in the right way: daring, harmonically advanced, not just some silly ‘shoo-be-doo-be’. She sings perfectly in tune and uses an impressive range, but still manages to sound warm and relaxed. Her behaviour is like Duke Ellington’s singer Ivie Anderson: a glamorous showgirl onstage, dancing and flirting, but very down to earth and ‘one of the boys’ backstage. This is the best record Colette ever made. A modern classic. (Jeroen de Valk, NL)
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