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.
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“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).
… 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).