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Andréa Wood

Andréa Wood is living proof that music was meant to evolve. As a vocalist, she has been praised by JazzTimes Magazine for her “astonishing vocal range effective in conveying the emotions of a song.” As a composer and arranger, she mines even deeper ore with a signature sound that is at once cerebral and accessible. On all fronts, she draws on jazz, soul, and Brazilian influences, balancing innovative songwriting with respect for the standards through which she learned her craft.

Born and raised in the heart of Washington, D.C., where she attended the prestigious Duke Ellington School of Arts, she grew up in a musical household. Learning piano from her mother starting at age 5, she developed a love for soul and R&B singers. Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and a host of classical composers were among her early favorites. It was while studying classical voice in high school, in fact, that an astute jazz teacher took her under his wing, thus opening a whole new world. Classical training, she recalls, required her to be in character, but in jazz she could put her own spin on things. She welcomed the greats like Miles Davis and Bill Evans, but also gravitated toward immortal balladeers Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, and, later on, Betty Carter. Spending too much time, however, cataloging influences may leave you with little to go on: Andréa is her own singer, through and through.

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“The Duke Ellington School of the Arts graduate moves fearlessly up and down octaves, all the while maintaining a distinct sense of purpose. She can explore the upper register in a beguiling waft, or plunge into the basement with buoyant, swelling articulation.” -CapitalBop

“Wood’s moderate vibrato at the end of each line and astonishing vocal range inject her phrasing with a dramatic effect, quite effective in coveying the emotions of a song.” -JazzTimes

“At her core is a certain poised softness that elevates her to glide over the material, without ever losing contact with it.” -Washington City Paper

“She has the voice and the feeling for this very important work…

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Vocalist

Location

New York, NY

Willing to teach

Beginners

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