Elizabeth! (Dotson-Westphalen!) Releases Jazz Pop CD Today

elizabeth! is WUHS Grad Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen now Jazz Vocalist and Trombonist out with a new CD entitled “Brainchildren”

WEB Update: You can hear elizabeth! in Lebanon, New Hampshire at Salt Hill Pub on Saturday, November 12th from 9pm-Midnight

Vermonters and New Hampshire-ites, come on out to celebrate the release of my new record, “Brainchildren”! Full food and drink menu available. With Fred Haas on piano, David Westphalen on bass, and Tim Gilmore on drums!
Jazz vocalist and trombonist Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen is out with a new CD today entitled “Brainchildren”.  
 She  now goes professionally  by the stage name “elizabeth!” but Woodstock, Vermont  knows her by her full name, a name equated locally with locally talented musicians including her parents.
Elizabeth! graduated from Woodstock Union High School in  1996 and was in the high school jazz band and chorus. She also took many theater classes with Mrs. (Harriet) Worrell.
She considers herself a “Yoh Master”, a reference to the “Yoh Theater Players”, a Woodstock Union High School group specializing in drama.
Here is  the text of  the CD press release (links to her music at the end of the release):  
elizabeth!  has performed and toured with pop stars like Michael Bolton, jazz musicians like Matt Wilson, and indie rockers like St. Vincent, recorded Brainchildren (Canopy Jazz) in Brooklyn, NY in a single day.

Inspired by travels around the world, the album outlines similarities found in our experiences no matter where we live. “Three” tells the story of a couple deciding to have a child, “Bicycle” reminds a child to enjoy his innocence while it lasts, and “Melting Snow” describes the feeling of rebirth after tragedy. Several songs relate tales of love gained or lost, and the album is rounded out with instrumentals inspired by insomnia, tacos, and a skipping stroll in Memphis.

Brainchildren features Rob Jost (Saturday Night Live, Bjork) on bass and Robert Di Pietro (Norah Jones, Josh Rouse) on drums and special guests include Kiku Collins (Beyonce), Jon Natchez (Beirut), and Mark Erelli (Josh Ritter).

Brainchildren follows elizabeth!’s 2008 release hot & silver, an EP of jazz standards in which she turned classic American songbook tunes like “L-O-V-E” and “Night and Day” into her own creations.

eJazzNews called it “a classy entrance into the world of jazz.”

The Palo Alto Daily News said “her silky, sultry, elegant vocals enliven standards …elizabeth! gives each tune a few tasty new twists.”

elizabeth! has performed across the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. Notable venues include: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Chicago Theater, Sasquatch Music Festival, Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, PBS’s Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize broadcast honoring Tina Fey, Bowery Ballroom, Jazz Standard, and Switzerland’s Willisau Jazz Festival. She recently sang at the Yaroslavl Jazz Festival in Russia, and last year spent time teaching trombone in Quito, Ecuador.

She will tour the East and West Coast this fall in support of Brainchildren.

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