Vocalist Tiffany Austin’s tradition-rooted yet totally modern style has established her as one of the fastest rising jazz stars in Northern California. Before earning a law degree at U.C. Berkeley, she’d performed on three continents—around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in England, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo. However, instead of taking the bar exam, she decided instead to devote her life to her first love—music.
Drawing upon influences such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, Tiffany also infuses songs with her own signature style that is precise, intelligent, and soulful. Her nuanced delivery has caught the attention of eminent artists, whom she has joined onstage: vibraphonist Roy Ayers at Motion Blue (Japan), drummer Tommy Campbell at the Blue Note (NYC), and saxophonist John Handy for a three-night engagement at Dizzy’s (NYC) commemorating his 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival performance.
Austin’s much-anticipated debut recording Nothing But Soul, has received a warm reception from audiences and critics alike, including a four-star DownBeat Magazine review, radio features on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and KQED’s “Forum”, and inclusion on DownBeat Magazine’s Top Jazz Releases of 2015 list. She has also been featured in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury, and Oakland Magazine. She is currently a resident at the Presidio, San Francisco via the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music developing her Creole music project.
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