Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright
By Bill Phelps
LIzz Wright
By Bill Phelps
Lizz Wright
By Eric Waters
Lizz Wright
By Bill Phelps
Lizz Wright
By Michael Piazza
Lizz Wright
Lizz Wright
Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright (with James Genus on bass) at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival
By Russ Davis
Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright Sing The Truth at the 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
By Ken Franckling
Lizz Wright at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival
By Jessica Webster Sendra
Lizz Wright in performance at the 2014 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival
By Wilbert Sostre

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One of the most intriguing singers to emerge in recent years, Lizz Wright gives the impression that she can sing anything in any field, from jazz and gospel to R&B and pop. Born in Hahira, Georgia to a father who was a minister and a mother who sang gospel music in church, she played piano and sang in church as a child. In high school she studied choral singing, performing with groups that won national awards. Wright studied voice at Georgia State University in Atlanta and also attended the New School in New York. Back in Atlanta, she gained recognition for her singing with the jazz group In the Spirit. In002 Wright was part of Terence Blanchard’s touring Billie Holiday tribute and her singing resulted in her getting a great deal of attention.

Signed to Verve, she debuted with #Salt# in003 which features her singing both jazz and R&B and contributing some memorable originals. Wright has also recorded with Toots Thielemans, Danilo Perez, Joe Sample and as part of an Ella Fitzgerald tribute. Inspired by Dianne Reeves, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone, Lizz Wright has since recorded #Dreaming Wide Awake# and #The Orchid#, displaying her roots in gospel music while creating new music. Her potential is unlimited no matter what musical direction she eventually chooses for herself.


Articles on Lizz Wright

12/16/15    Features    By Nate Chinen

The Lizz Wright Interview

03/25/15    News    By JazzTimes

Singer Lizz Wright Signs to Concord Music

03/28/14    Photos    By Wilbert Sostre

Photos from the 2014 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest

01/01/12    Concerts    By Emilie Pons

Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright in Newark, N.J.

09/03/11    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Detroit Jazz Festival Day One: A Red Hot Blast of Peace

08/01/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

25th Red Sea International Jazz Festival Coming to Israel

07/31/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock and L.A. Philharmonic to Play Gershwin Program

07/24/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Tanglewood Jazz Festival Tickets on Sale

02/01/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Spoleto Festival Announces Performers for 2010 Event

01/25/10    News    By Lee Mergner

NPR to Release The New Jazz Divas on CD

March 2008    Albums    By A.D. Amorosi

The Orchard
Lizz Wright

07/19/05    Concerts    By Christopher Porter

Umbria Jazz 05

July/August 2005    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Dreaming Wide Awake
Lizz Wright

July/August 2005    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Dreaming Wide Awake
Lizz Wright

July/August 2005    Artist Profiles    By John Murph

Lizz Wright: Worth Her Salt

01/20/04    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Barbados Jazz Festival 2004

January/February 2004    Features    By

Highs and Lows 2003

December 2003    Features    By Lara Pellegrinelli

Singing for Our Supper

July/August 2003    Hearsay    By Christopher Loudon

Lizz Wright

05/17/03    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival 2003




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