Born: March 1, 1965 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Jazz pianist and vocalist Anne Farnsworth lives in Los Angeles where she divides her time between performing, teaching, and journalism. She has toured extensively in the States and abroad both as a sideman and leader of her own trios and quartets.
A 2012 Fulbright Scholar, Anne has taught at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia, the University of Southern California, Occidental College and Idyllwild Arts Academy, an arts-focused boarding high school. She is an international clinician and the author of JAZZ VOCAL TECHNIQUES (JazzMediaPress 2003).
Her columns, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in Windplayer, Billboard Live, Jazz Notes, Tone Audio, All About Jazz - Los Angeles and RealTalkLA. She writes a biweekly column for Concord Music Group. Her original recordings can be heard on the FX series, The Shield. At home in Los Angeles, she is an active participant in the club and theater scenes, serving as musical director for plays and revues and performing with her quartet. SATURDAY MORNING, her previous release, is available on Cdbaby.com, Itunes and Amazon. Her latest recording, SEALED WITH A KISS, is distributed by Naxos and is available for sale at the standard outlets in both regular and high def formats.
A collection of '60s rock tunes arranged for jazz quartet, it features bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Ndugu Chancler. Johnson and Chancler have been powering rhythm sections together since their days playing with Weather Report and Santana.
Awards:2012 Fulbright Scholar Award
Linda Yohn, Music Director
WEMU, Ypsilanti, MI
Los Angeles singer and pianist Anne Farnsworth's calling cards are standards and modern pop - combining tasteful improvisation with lyrical imagination and a pinch of humor...
La Stampa, Turin, Italy
“Saturday Morning is the kind of release that is best described as ‘timeless’. She can sing and she can play. If you love vocal Jazz you’ll love Saturday Morning.”
Appearing on Clearwater Beach for the first time, Anne Farnsworth is a welcome addition to the Jazz scene. Anne's vocal range and unique stylings are absolutely gorgeous. This review marks the first time Anne has been written about in the area but will by now means be the last.
With a profound knowledge of the history of jazz and the American songbook, Anne interprets standards with witty elegance and genuine sociablility. With her improvisational flair and lyric imagination, she evokes the models of humor and swing, Blossom Dearie and Annie Ross.
In a coy solo on Body and Soul, she recalled Billie Holiday. Scatting impressively on Twisted, she gave this chestnut the offbeat elegance of a Blossom Dearie.
“We have been giving it airplay for some time — listeners are enjoying the tracks...”
Eric Cohen, Music Director
WAER FM, Syracuse, NY
“I'm very impressed with SATURDAY MORNING. A thoroughly fine disc.”
Rich Tozier, Music Director
Maine Public Radio
'60's Pop and Rock tunes arranged for jazz quartet? Sign me up!
Christopher Levine Eclecticblogs.com
Love what you've done with the music. I’m spotlighting Sealed With A Kiss everyday this week. You deserve every bit of attention… it's that good.
James Janisse kebnradio.com
LOS ANGELES, CA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
BM, New England Conservatory MM, University of Southern California 2012 Fulbright Scholar Awardee Studio Teaching rates - $125/hr
Master classes, clinics and adjutication in Jazz piano and voice.