Whitney Marchelle

Whitney Marchelle

American singer and songwriter in jazz, blues and pop styles
Date of Birth: 23.03.1960
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Whitney Marchell
  2. Early Life
  3. Music Career
  4. Teaching and Other Pursuits
  5. 'What Jazz Is'
  6. Awards and Recognitions
  7. Performance Venues and Festivals

Biography of Whitney Marchell

Early Life

Whitney Marchell is an American jazz, blues, and pop singer and songwriter. She was born on March 23, 1960 in Iowa. Marchell grew up listening to classic songs by Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Miles Davis, and continues to draw inspiration from these great masters.

Whitney Marchelle

Music Career

Marchell's music incorporates Indian, Irish, and African ethnic motifs, instantly captivating listeners. Her soft intonations on the jazz album 'Me, Marsalis & Monk' showcase her compositional skills and extraordinary creative potential. The album was recorded in three states - Pennsylvania, New York, and Georgia - and features Grammy-winning musicians such as bassists Reginald Veal and Neal Caine, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeters Clark Terry and Don Diego, saxophonist Pheeroan Aklaff, guitarist Eric DeFade, trumpeter Eddie Davis, drummer Sylvia Cuenca, flutist Kofi Burbridge, Grammy-winning saxophonist and arranger Walter Blanding Jr., pianists Dan Nimmer and Barry Sames.

Whitney Marchelle

Teaching and Other Pursuits

In addition to her performances, Marchell teaches jazz vocals and the fundamentals of jazz theory at various educational institutions, including the Berklee College of Music in Japan, Wellington School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Eastman School of Music in New York, and more. She has also written poetry and has appeared as a theatrical and television actress. However, her true passion lies in singing.

'What Jazz Is'

Marchell is the author of the song 'What Jazz Is,' which incorporates more than 30 specialized terms and expressions from the jazz musical vocabulary. The recording of the song was assisted by her longtime friends, with whom she has performed and recorded numerous times. Among them are Walter Blanding Jr., Sylvia Cuenca, Eric DeFade, son of renowned Texas jazz musician Eddie DeFade, and others. This song serves as an educational tool in music schools around the world.

Awards and Recognitions

Marchell has been honored with several awards, including the Eddie Durham Vocal Jazz Performance Award for Best Jazz Vocalist, the Nashville Hall of Fame Award, the Business Professional's Verbal Communication Award, and the National Songwriters Award.

Performance Venues and Festivals

Marchell has performed at renowned venues such as NY Blue Note, Flushing Town Hall, Harry's Bar in Singapore, Drake University Big Band, Fox Theater, Louis Armstrong House, Tonight Show, Nashville Network, Illiki Hawaii Hotel, Oil Can Harry's in Canada, Cotton Club, Church Hill Grounds in Georgia, Orlibtz in Philly. She has also participated in festivals such as the Atlanta Jazz Festivals, Black Arts Festival, Jazz In July, New Orleans Madris, Art Deco Festival, Budweiser Blues Festival, Balloon Festival Sentosa Island, and the Eddie Durham Festival.