Yvette Norwood-Tiger, vocalist, songwriter, and vocal coach, is a Detroit, Michigan native who hails from a family of musicians, including a father who played guitar and a mother who played drums. Her current CD, whY NoT... Love, Peace, Joy, Jazz features music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. Yvette performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations of the great American Songbook, while emphasizing intonation and storytelling. Her repertoire also includes traditional gospel, Latin jazz, classic songs from popular music, and arias of the great composers such as Puccini. She also performs songs in other languages which includes French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Her mission in music is to uplift, inspire, and heal the heart, mind and soul.
Yvette, who performs internationally, is a true vocal natural in any setting from large music festivals to intimate jazz clubs and she captivates the audience whether she’s singing with her ensemble featuring piano, bass, drums and sax or with a full orchestra.
Her CD, titled Why Not...Love, Peace, Joy, Jazz is a great compilation of popular jazz standards that lends the mind back to the days of the original recordings. Close your eyes while listening to her CD and let the sultry sounds of Yvette Norwood-Tiger take you to a place where jazz was the most celebrated American music genre.
Last Saturday night, which happened also to be First Saturday in Asbury Park, Mattison Park had a great trio, featuring songstress Yvette Norwood-Tiger, billed as a 'Traditional Jazz Vocalist'. Now that might send those who associate jazz with scatting and lots of jarring sounds running for the door, which would be a big mistake. It is so rare to hear her selections — "Cry Me a River", "God Bless the Child", "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me", "Green Dolphin Street", "They Can't Take that Away from Me"— because you actually need a real singing voice to do them. Ms. Norwood-Tiger is the kind of accomplished voice one associates with the classically trained female singers of the 30s and 40s. This woman sings the standards the way they were meant to be sung.