Aziza is a composer, pianist, poet, vocalist, arranger and music educator. Aziza was born and raised in new york city. She started playing piano at 8 years of age and began composing music while attending The High School Of Music and Art and The Manhattan School Of Music. She has a master's degree in music education and a bacherlor's degree in theory. She taught in the new york city public schools system for approximately 16 years as a licensed music teacher. Alicia Keys was her vocal jazz improvisation and theory student for 3 years at The Professional Performing Arts School in new york city . In June 1997, Aziza received The Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award from President Bill Clinton.
Her most popularly recorded song to date is La Costa. Natalie Cole sung and recorded it during the time when Aziza,( who was then known as Linda Williams) was her music director and pianist. Other recordings of La Costa have been done by Ahmad Jamal, Jorge Dalto, Phil Upchurch, Franciso Agua bella and many others. Aziza recorded 2 very different versions of it on her Jazzsoetry vol.1 cd.
She has collaborated and written recorded lyric versions of tunes by Ahmad Jamal( Whisperings, My latin, Picture Perfect, It's Only a flower), Ray Bryant( One Fine Day, which is the lyric version of Cubano Chant)and the late Tommy Turrentine( Big Brown Eyes). Cecil Bridgewater and Vanessa Rubin recorded a beautiful ballad written by Aziza called If My Heart Could Speak to You. Aziza's music has been sampled by artists in the U.K and Japan. Elevate Our Minds and Capricorn Rising are still very popular overseas.
Aziza has mined the depths of black music to come up with a sound that is sophisticated, melodic and funky as hell.... Kenny Barron, jazz pianist and composer.
What can be said about such a musical work of sheer genius. Aziza, in her latest work titled, Jazzsoetry demonstrates her musical mastery in her use of harmonious melodies and spell bounding rhythms.This is definitely one that should be in the IPOD...Andrea M. Moore, Executive Director, SmoothAtlanta.com
Aziza's lush new CD release,Jazzsoetry, combines all of the essential elements that comprise musical excellence: gorgeous performance, hip production, soaring melody and sophisticated songcraft
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Master Degree in Music Education and Bachelor Degree from The Manhattan School Of Music.
Schools of Employment:
The Professional Performing Arts School
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
The Abrons Arts Center/Henry St. Music Settlement
92nd St. Y
West Angeles Christian Academy