Born: December 14
Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a classical pianist mother and a jazz aficionado father, Andrea Claburn knew what she wanted to do by the age of four. “I started begging my mother to let me to take piano lessons. She would play Chopin and Beethoven, and I would go to the piano when she was done and try to recreate what I’d heard. I wanted to play so badly.” Her mother finally relented when Andrea reached the ripe old age of six. “My mom was very smart. She said, ‘you’re not ready’ when I was in preschool. She was the opposite of a pushy stage mom. By making me wait to study piano, she made it clear that it was a privilege and I should treat it accordingly.” Meanwhile, her father introduced her to his favorite jazz artists: Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, the MJQ, Bill Evans. “I have no memory of not knowing every song on Kind of Blue” she says. “It’s like it was part of my DNA. That album, along with another of my Dad’s favorites, Time Out, were both released in 1959 when he was a young man and everything was possible, and I think they were sort of the soundtrack of his youth – and, consequently, of mine.”
Her family moved to Northern California when she was five, and Andrea was raised in Davis, a university town known for both agriculture and fine art. “Davis had all these apparent contradictions. It was a small town in the middle of Yolo County, but with a pretty sophisticated populace. UCD was known for its agricultural and vet schools, but in the ‘70s and ‘80s the university also had some of the most celebrated artists in the country on faculty, like Robert Arneson and Wayne Thiebaud. Davis was laid-back, but with a lot of creativity and a progressive, experimental vibe that made it an interesting place to grow up.”
San Francisco vocalist Andrea Claburn dropped one of the year’s most impressive debuts with “Nighshade,” a project
that focuses on her finely wrought original songs and arrangements. Surrounded by a world-class cast of players,
including pianist Matt Clark, bassist Sam Bevan, and drummer Alan Hall, she combines rhythmic acuity, prepossessing
warmth and an intrepid spirit on material that would daunt many singers. -Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News
“Thoughtfully conceived and put together… there is just nothing not to admire about this CD.”-Robert Rusch, Cadence
“Andrea Claburn’s richly shaded and nuanced vocals aren’t the only reason this debut is such a grand delight to listen
to… adding five poignant originals to the brew, two of which, the New Orleans drenched “My Favorite Flavor” and the
darkly traditional “The Fall of Man” may very well become standards of their own someday.”-Mike Jurkovic, Elmore
“She applies her sublimely soulful phrasing and rich jazz vocabulary to a set infused with lively swing, hushed
intimacy and all the dynamic emotional signposts in between.”-Jonathan Widran, Music Connection Magazine
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
• Bachelor of Music, California Jazz Conservatory.
• Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley.
• Vocal Faculty, California Jazz Conservatory and Jazzschool Community Music
School, Berkeley, CA.
• Private vocal studio, San Francisco, CA.
Areas of expertise as an educator include:vocal technique; improvisation; performance
and interpretation; charts and arranging; music theory and notation.
Available time slots and hourly rates for private and semi-private lessons available