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Yvette Norwood-Tiger

Award-wining international jazz vocalist, recording artist, songwriter, Recording Academy (GRAMMY) voting member, and founder/director of the Palm Beach International Jazz Festival (www.pbijf.org) is a Detroit, Michigan native who hails from a family of musicians, including a father who played guitar and a mother who played drums.   In addition to original jazz compositions, her CDs feature music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and others. Yvette’s last released CD, LOVE IS, stayed on JAZZWEEK'S charts for over twelve weeks.  

Yvette's newest, soon to be released CD, AUTUMN SUN, is a grand tribute to the forefathers of bebop, including Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and others.

Yvette performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations, while emphasizing intonation and storytelling.   Her vocal styling and texture are often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.  In addition to jazz standards, her repertoire includes the Great American Songbook, standards, bebop, and Latin jazz.  She also performs songs in other languages.

 After going through extensive treatment and a tedious recovery from a benign brain tumor in 2012, Yvette’s mission has evolved into not only entertaining her audience, but uplifting, inspiring, and encouraging them as well. 

Yvette performs internationally at historic jazz venues and has sat in several times with jazz orchestra The Cotton Club All Stars at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, NY.  She has also sat in with the late saxophonist David Fathead Newman, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, family members of Celine Dion, Tito Puente, Jr., and Jay Beckenstein and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Many musicians, worldwide, find it an honor and joy to perform with Yvette. 

Yvette resides in south Florida where she performs extensively, including performances at the Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. Yvette performs in the UK, South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Cuba, and Italy, as well as various venues in New Jersey, New York , Florida and Michigan.

Yvette is a recipient of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County 2022 Artist Innovation Fellowship Program Awards.  Yvette was also nominated for the South Florida Indie Awards 2022 - Best Jazz Vocalist. 

In 2021, Yvette was interviewed and featured in the PBS South Florida "On The Town - Black Voices" segment.  She was also featured in a short film titled "Art Meets Jazz on J Street".  A film produced and directed by south Florida film maker, James Venable.  Art Meets Jazz on J Street is the winner of the 2018 Wavelengths Awards.  

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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

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Sweet Serenity Records


A'La Ella

Self Produced



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