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Trained as a dancer, singer, actress & entertainer in the UK 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”.

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Review 2009: “Colette 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 sings perfectly in tune and uses an impressive range, but still manages to sound warm and relaxed. Her behavior 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.” (Jeroen de Valk, 2009, NL).

Review 2005: ”… She has a voice like a luxuriously upholstered bridal suite. Pleasant, sumptuous, warm. Complete with exciting nooks and soft carpets in subdued shades. Colette Wickenhagen, one of the shiners of Amersfoort jazz, blossomed into the complete jazz diva with her elastic timbre, almost unlimited technique, playful improvisations, penetrating interpretation of the lyrics and remarkable radiation....” (Jeroen de Valk/NL).

Review 1994: ”..

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A Night In Tunesia

A Night In Tunesia

Colette Wickenhagen
Just Friend's Jammin'

On Green Dolphin Street

On Green Dolphin Street

Colette Wickenhagen
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