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Yvette Norwood-Tiger, À LA ELLA!

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Yvette Norwood-Tiger

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome international jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger and her Ella Fitzgerald Tribute, À LA ELLA to the wonderful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary!

The concert features Yvette Norwood-Tiger on Vocals, Donnie Harrell on Piano, Mauricio de Souza on Drums, John Lenis on Contrabass, and Alan Chaubert on Trumpet.

Yvette Norwood-Tiger (“First Lady of Jazz South Florida”) and her jazz ensemble honors Ella Fitzgerald’s memory with Ella’s vocal styling while emphasizing intonation and storytelling in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald. Yvette bears a striking resemblance to Ella Fitzgerald and possess’ Ella’s vocal texture as well.

Yvette Norwood-Tiger has performed worldwide and most recently at a famous and historic jazz venue where Ella Fitzgerald once sung – the Cotton Club in Harlem, NY.

Yvette Norwood-Tiger performs her tribute concert, A`la Ella!, to sold out, standing room only audiences whom wish to recapture the experience of listening to wonderful American Songbook music from great composers including Duke Ellington, The Gershwins, and Cole Porter.

Sit back and enjoy timeless standards such as In A Mellow Tone, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Too Darn Hot, A- Tisket, A-Tasket, Night in Tunisia and many, many more tunes that were once graced by the beautiful voice of Ella Fitzgerald.

Allow the sultry sounds of the voice of Yvette Norwood-Tiger to take you back to a place where jazz was the most celebrated American music genre and performed by the great Ella Fitzgerald!

Yvette Norwood-Tiger (yvettenorwoodtiger.com/), vocalist, songwriter, vocal coach, recording artist and The Recording Academy (GRAMMY) voting member, 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 CDs, A’LA ELLA! and whY NoT… Love, Peace, Joy, Jazz, features music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. Yvette’s general repertoire includes jazz standards, bebop, and Latin jazz. She performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations of the great American Songbook, while emphasizing intonation and storytelling. Her vocal styling and texture is often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

She performs internationally 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 Latin music artist, Tito Puente, Jr., the late saxophonist David Fathead Newman, family members of Celine Dion, and band members of Spyro Gyra – Jay Beckenstein and Tom Schuman. Yvette resides in south Florida where she performs extensively, including performances at the Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Boca Black Box and the Cultural Council of Arts Palm Beach County. Yvette has performed SOLD OUT/Standing Room Only concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, the Muizenberg Jazz Festival in Cape Town South Africa, as well as at one of the top jazz venues in Berlin, Germany (B-Flat Jazz Club). She also performed at Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) in Brussels, Belgium in addition to various venues in New Jersey, New York and Florida the United States. Yvette recently performed a sold out, standing room only concert event at Royal Albert Hall (her second concert at Royal Albert Hall in less than nine months) titled “WORLD TOUR OF JAZZ”, which she performs jazz songs written by composers from around the world. Yvette’s recently released CD, A’LA ELLA! is a celebration of the life and works of Ella Fitzgerald and is played on radio stations around the world and was on JazzWeek jazz charts for 6 straight weeks. Yvette is also touring North America, Europe and South Africa to celebrate Ella’s wonderful contribution to jazz music.

Donnie Harrell
Donnie Harrell

Donnie Harrell, pianist. (No bio available.)


John Lenis
John Lenis

John Lenis is a bassist and educator based in Jersey City. Respected as a sensitive and skilled accompanist, he has been performing and recording with artists throughout the area and around the world for 20 years. In 2009, he joined the Nobuki Takamen Group, touring Japan extensively and appearing at Montreal, Calgary, and numerous other festivals. Lenis crafts a highly thematic and expressive improv … again stands out with his penetrating intonation and assured technique, both utilized to convey a most lucid, topical message.

Alan Chaubert
Alan Chaubert

Alan Chaubert was born in Switzerland and started playing the trumpet at 12 in his hometown’s brass band. By the age of 17 he started to play professionally with different local bands and classical orchestras. Also, at the same time he started to study the piano and teach music in private schools. In 1985 he received a Degree with honors in performance and teaching from the Geneva Conservatory. His love for jazz led him to go study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 1986 to 1991 (After receiving a 2-year full Scholarship from Switzerland) he decides to explore the world of jazz and studied at Berklee where he perfected his studies on jazz improvisation and commercial arranging (Diploma Commercial Arranging 1990). During that time Alan exposed himself to a wide variety of styles from classical, church music, funk bands, blues, jazz to salsa. He was member for 4 years of one Boston’s Hottest R&B Band” High Function”. Back in Switzerland he became band leader and started a long collaboration with a great Jazz, R&B singer Yvonne Taylor as accompanist and musical director. Alan produced 4 CD’s of Yvonne Taylor. He has also organized for 4 successful European Gospel tours. During this period Alan taught at Montreux Jazz Conservatory and plaid with local jazz bands and big bands. Some of the guest soloists were Toots Thielemans, Fred Hersh, Phil Woods and Philip Bailey. In 1997 he moved back to USA and live since next to New York city and since performed extensively in and around NYC as sidemen or with his band.

Mauricio de Souza
Mauricio de Souza

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. His good taste and finesse have allowed him to play in numerous settings with various accomplished musicians. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. He has also studied with Ney Rosauro and distinguished all-round percussion teacher Glenn Weber. Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. Within a few months, he began performing with numerous rock cover bands in his hometown. Always interested in evolving as a musician, he joined the youth percussion group at Brasília’s “Teatro Nacional” (National Theater, home of Brasília’s Symphony Orchestra). De Souza’s constant interest in elaborate music eventually brought him to Jazz. While a junior in high school, he spent his summer vacation studying with Joe Morello in New Jersey. Upon graduating, de Souza returned to the US to continue his studies with Mr. Morello and attend college. Since settling in Northern New Jersey in 2004, de Souza has been very active in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. He has performed at some of the finest jazz venues and festivals (mostly as a band leader) with his two groups: Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz) and Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz). In New York, de Souza has been heard at Blue Note (with his group, Bossa Brasil®), performed monthly at Garage Jazz Club for years, and has appeared at Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Lenox Lounge, Saint Peter’s Church, Kitano Hotel, Bar Next Door, Whitney Museum, New York Polish Consulate, Cutting Room, Via Brasil, SOB’s, New York Athletic Club, and Bubby’s (Brooklyn) among many others.

Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary and throughout the Trenton/Princeton area is featured on trenton.jazznearyou.com. Download their app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire!

New Jersey Jazz Society
New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

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**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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April 21, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map