Rachel Caswell

Jazz vocalist Rachel Caswell is known for her improvisational prowess, her pinpoint accuracy of pitch and rhythm, and her depth of delivery and interpretation of popular song. Her most recent recording, We’re All in the Dance (2018), features some of New York’s top performers including Dave Stryker, Fabian Almazan, Linda May Han Oh, Johnathan Blake, and Sara Caswell. Mark Sullivan of All About Jazz writes, “This is a great band….Caswell is the star, but she’s no diva. She is much better than that: a jazz musician in the company of other jazz musicians.” Her CD All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker & Jeremy Allen (2015) elicited the following response from jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan: “Rachel is a wonderful singer with a deep feeling and a fantastic improvisational talent complemented by a lovely rich sound.” And in response to Rachel’s debut CD Some Other Time (2003) with Lynne Arriale, Kelly Sill, Steve Davis, and her sister, violinist Sara Caswell, internationally renowned jazz pedagogue David Baker said, “Rachel Caswell is that rara avis who is truly a jazz vocalist. Her intonation is impeccable, her diction precise, her jazz sensibilities above reproach, and she swings like mad!”

Rachel has performed at colleges, festivals, and a variety of venues nationwide. In addition to her solo work, she and her sister Sara co-lead the Caswell Sisters Quintet and have made such notable appearances as a weeklong After-Hours engagement at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and an enthusiastically received set on the opening night concert of the 2010 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in St. Louis. Their debut Caswell Sisters album Alive in the Singing Air featuring jazz pianist Fred Hersch was released in early 2013 and has garnered numerous rave reviews. Other notables with whom Rachel has performed include The Glenn Miller Orchestra, John Blake, Jr., Ingrid Jensen, the Billy Taylor Trio, and Curtis Fuller.

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“Rachel is a classic jazz singer, with a voice that is velvet and powerful, as happy providing scat as she is just rolling around the lyrics….Jazz singing rarely gets any better than this.” – Kev Rowland, Jazz Music Archives

“Rachel’s flawless tone, creative phrasing and interest in exploring many different genres make her a vocalist with unlimited potential. She excels in finding uncharted paths into well-known songs and has considerable chops as a scat singer.” – Ken Dryden, Hot House Jazz Magazine

“All I Know, is that Rachel Caswell is a tremendous musician who sings beautifully….Her tone is gorgeous and her pitch is, simply, sensational!” – Rufus Reid, Jazz Bassist/Composer

“Rachel is a wonderful singer with a deep feeling and a fantastic improvisational talent complemented by a lovely rich sound.” – Sheila Jordan, Jazz Vocalist

“Rachel’s [scat solos] are expansive, inventive and pitch-perfect treats….The emotional honesty of Rachel’s singing always makes a direct connection.” – Peter Hum, Jazzblog.ca, Ottawa Citizen

“Rachel’s voice is clear and slips seemingly effortlessly from lyrics to scat.” – Martin Z

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We're All in the Dance

We're All in the Dance

Turtle Ridge Records
2018

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All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker & Jeremy Allen

All I Know: Duets...

Turtle Ridge Records
2015

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Some Other Time

Some Other Time

Self Produced
2003

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