Born: May 26, 1959 Primary Instrument: Vocal
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.”
1990 - Won the Polaroid Award & Soloist Award.
1992 - Won the Breukelen Jazz Award.
1994, her first solo cd: the Kick of the Blues was brought out and later that year she also sang on the Big Band Nijmegen cd: Retrospective.
1994, toured through Bahrain and Kenya.
1997, did a project with the Royal Dutch Airforce Orchestra in Holland, Germany & Spain.
2000, she was a guest on the cd Swing Time! from the band Captains of Mainstream.
2001, guest on the cd Summer Sessions 2001.
2002, guest on the cd A Living Legend from the saxophone legend Harry Verbeke.
2002, a new summer project with the Royal Dutch Airforce Orchestra in The Netherlands.
2003, a new cd was released with Clous van Mechelen playing the saxophone: “Songs for Sale”. Record label: Munich Records, BMCD 341.
2004, a new summer project (Brasilian project) with the Royal Dutch Airforce Orchestra in The Netherlands.
2007, invited to Moscow & Tver, Russia, to sing at the 13th International Vocal Jazz Festival: Jazz Voices.
2009, NEW CD: Just Friends Jammin' Combo: Hans Kwakkernaat, Wiro Mahieu and Ben Schröder. Guests: Clous van Mechelen, Rinus Groeneveld, Frits Kaatee, Saskia Laroo and Michael Gustorff.
In 2009, invited to Moscow & Obninsk, Russia, to sing at the 15th International Vocal Jazz Festival: Jazz Voices.
Would love to make a recording with Blue Note!
Would love to sing with Al Jarreau!
Awards:1990 - 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)
Songs For Sale
Tracks: Once I loved; Frim Fram Sauce; No more blues; I got it bad and that ain’t good; That Old Devil called love; You’d be so nice to come home to; Too close for comfort; Love for sale; Everything happens to me; Night and day; It’s all right with me; On Green Dolphin Street; Lush Life; Can’t we be friends; Too darn hot.
Personnel: Colette Wickenhagen: vocal; Clous van Mechelen: tenor saxophone; Nick van der Bos: grand piano; George van Deijl: double bass; Menno Veenendaal: drums.
As a Leader
The Kick of the Blues
Tracks: Isn’t this a Lovely Day; Billie’s Blues; Love me or leave me; The shadow of your smile; Cheek to cheek; I was born to be blue; Nature Boy; I thought about you; All Blues; Stormy Monday; ‘Round Midnight.
Personnel: Colette Wickenhagen: vocal; Jan Verwey: mouthorgan; Ton van de Geijn: baritone saxophone; Ludo Doomernik: grand piano; Wiro Mahieu: double bass; Pieter Bast: drums.
As A Side Musician
Harry Verbeke / A Living Legend
Menno Veenendaal Produkties BV
Tracks: Red Door; Monte Christo; Cry Me A River; The Drive; But Not For Me; Intermission Walk; Teach Me Tonight; I Love You; Three Little Words.
Personnel: Harry Verbeke: tenor saxophone; Colette Wickenhagen(3+5): vocal; Nathaly Masclé (7): vocal; Cajan Witmer: grand piano; Nick van den Bos (1+7): grand piano; George van Deijl: double bass; Menno Veenendaal: drums.
As A Side Musician
Summer Sessions 2001
Madeline Bell, Colette Wickenhagen, Deborah J.Carter, Joke Bruys, Edwin Rutten, Julia Purimahuwa, Rob van Kreeveld, Leonardo Amuedo, Jan Verwey, Bobby Johnson.
Baileo Music Productions b.v.
Tracks: Where’s The Love; All Of You; Les Grand Musiciens; Mountain Flight; I Love Being Here With You; God Bless The Child; Ontmoeting In De Mist; Tierra Querida; No More Blues; Old Folks; It’s Allright With Me.
Personnel: Rob van Kreeveld: grand piano; Edwin Corzilius: double bass; Frits Landesbergen: drums; Jeroen de Rijk: percussion.
As A Side Musician
Big Band Nijmegen
Tracks: Caught a touch of your love; Don’t get around much anymore; The Island (Comencar de novo); Yardbird suite; Grieve is a killer, I want to be happy; Una mas; Georgia, Baltimore Oreole; Mi Burrito; Easy to love, Mira Mira; Round about Midnight; Bad bad Leroy Brown.
Personnel: Colette Wickenhagen: guest vocalist; Rob Sijben/Twan Ederveen/Karel Theunissen/Stefan Litjens/Rob Strick: saxophone section; Gerard Taat/Peter Smaal/Jan Kornet/Kitty van den Hoogenhof/Kees van der Heiden: trombone section; Rob van Huizen/Bert Duiverman/Stephen Jacobs/Chris Adriaansen: trumpet section; Marcel Beukeboom: grand piano/mouthorgan; Ludo Doomernik: grand piano; Bob Wisselink: double bass; Joris Aarts: guitar; Pieter Wolswijk: drums; Evelyne Frantow: conga/timbales/percussion/vocals; Eugène Flören: conga/percussion.
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