Tiffany Austin had sung on three continents—around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in London, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo—before setting music aside upon being accepted in 2009 at the University of California's Boalt School of Law in Berkeley. Yet the itch left by the music bug never went away, and a year into her law studies, she enrolled on a full scholarship at the nearby Jazzschool (now the California Jazz Conservatory), where her refreshingly original singing style attracted the attention of such innovative young San Francisco Bay Area bandleaders as bassist Marcus Shelby and tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley. Although she did earn a Juris Doctorate in 2012, while her peers were taking the bar exam Austin decided instead to devote her life to her first love.
Regarded as one of the fastest rising jazz singers in Northern California with a tradition¬rooted yet thoroughly modern style, Austin is now stepping further forward with her debut CD, Nothing But Soul,on her own Con Alma Music label. The album is the outgrowth of a November 2013 SFJAZZ “Hotplate” concert for which she reimagined compositions by the great American songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. For the recording, which was produced by saxophonist Howard Wiley, Tiffany was joined by bassist Ron Belcher, drummer Sly Randolph, and Glen Pearson, one of the busiest and perhaps most versatile pianists in the Bay Area.
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...An incredibly strong debut, placed in a setting that is straight out of
the gate live and interesting. ...A strong and clear voice, full of
emotion, nuance and heart.
- Jeffrey Wood - Music Producer/Studio Director, Fantasy Studios
Tiffany breathes new life into every song she sings, creating that
delicate balance between a profound respect for tradition and a
fearless sense of soul. ... A brilliant star on the rise.
- Rebeca Mauleón - Pianist/Composer/Author and SFJAZZ Director of
When I first heard Tiffany Austin sing, I was truly stunned by her
grace, sophistication, and talent
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Tiffany Austin teaches private vocal lessons for students of all ages in her
Berkeley CA studio, and at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in
Richmond, CA. In addition to private voice lessons, Tiffany teaches music
theory/ear training, and is a choir leader and lecturer.
Tiffany has taught at series hosted by SFJAZZ, the Healdsburg Jazz
Festival; and at venues including, Stern Grove, SFJAZZ, and Bay Area
schools and juvenile detention centers.