Born: January 11, 1978 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Ashley Gonzalez, a fine young jazz vocalist (USA Today), crafts her music with descriptive textures and rich harmonies, taking us to autobiographical landscapes. Her lyrics, and her take on standards, reveal the coexistence of contrasting realities in life and relationships. I hope people are quietly inspired by my music in some internal way, says Ashley.
Ashley was born near Toledo, Ohio in 1978. A challenging childhood formed her creativity and deep introspection. Escaping through the music of Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald, Ashley started piano lessons, theatre productions, and classical vocal training to find her own musical voice. Her natural ability to write songs developed through the influence of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Tori Amos. Broadway musicals and her parent’s extensive collection of jazz standards also played a role....
Awards:2010 Selected resident artist for The Banff Centre Jazz & Creative Music Workshop, Alberta, Canada 2007 - 2009 Manhattan School of Music Scholarship Recipient 2003 Selected artist for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency for Young Jazz Composers, Washington, DC 2002 $1,000 arts grant recipient, District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Please email for more details or view the "lessons" link at my website.