Adrienne West – guest vocalist

A native New Yorker, Adrienne West began classical voice and piano study at age nine. She later began to combine some of the jazz she loved listening to at home with her classical studies. Now an internationally respected vocalist and actress, she performs in concerts, jazz festivals and clubs, as well as on TV and radio extensively throughout Europe and Africa in various formations from duo to big band. In addition to her performing, she also directs Master classes and Workshops for vocalists.

She continues to perform alongside some of the world’s most prominent musicians including: Johnny Griffin, Buddy Tate, Jerome Richardson, Marshall Royal, Scott Hamilton, George Robert, Al Cohn, Arnett Cobb, Harold Ashby, Bill Saxton, Teddy Edwards, Clark Terry, Joe Newman, Benny Bailey, Slide Hampton, Harry Sweets Edison, Wild Bill Davis, Kenny Burrell and Billy Cobham. She has also performed and recorded with Radio Big Band in Koln, Hamburg, Frankfurt and other big bands in Europe.

She appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and subsequently toured Europe for five years. Adrienne makes her home in Amsterdam together with her husband, David Cameron, Choreographer/Director. Together they have written and produced ‘Royal Court’ A Theatrical ‘Jazz Tribute to Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole’ which was in production and on tour for the 2003/04 Netherlands theatre season. Another very special project conceived and performed by Adrienne and David is entitled, ‘Evolution’ which is an historical spiritual journey (from slavery to present day) through rhythms, spirituals, gospels (old and new), jazz, rap, the voice and dance.

In addition to performing, Adrienne conducts Master Class Workshops ‘Making The  Connection’ Vocal Jazz (technique & performance); The Jazz Vocalist in Musical Theatre and The Classical Voice in Musical Theatre. She has conducted these workshops in Bern, Salzburg, Austria and, Cape Town and at the Enschede Conservatory.

Adrienne has performed live with old friends Rob Agerbeek and Domagoy Ralasic  and recently as guest vocalist together with the RTDP for the recording of  the new album ‘bout Time!

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