From: CA, United States
Original jazz in a traditional style is what defines jazz singer/songwriter Thisbe Vos.
Her music aims to be sophisticated and classic – an interesting blend of the traditional and the contemporary.
Born in The Netherlands, the Dutch singer began her musical adventure as a teenager, when she joined the UK’s No 1 Swing Band The Jives Aces for several tours of Europe and North America. Visiting over 30 cities in 20+ countries before the age of 21, it was during those tours that her desire to write original songs in the old styles of the 1930s, 40s and 50s was sparked.
Looking to record a classic yet contemporary-sounding album featuring a mix of jazz standards and her own jazz originals, she set out for Los Angeles in 2008 in search of musicians who would complement her vocals on this project in both fast and slow-swinging tempos. She found a musical mentor in veteran bassist Henry Franklin, who provided her first introductions into the Los Angeles jazz scene.
Six years later, she has released two albums on her personal record label, Prime Productions, and has built a respectable niche online following of jazz lovers worldwide.
Her crowdfunded sophomore album “Under Your Spell”, released in 2013, received airplay on over 230 jazz radio stations in the US and Canada, and was licensed for commercial use in restaurants and hotels worldwide.
In August 2014, she was one of 20 finalists selected out of 2500 bands as part of WeDemand.com’s artist competition, where she placed second.
In the same month, she was nominated by the International Music & Entertainment Association as Jazz Artist of the Year, and her original song “Shanghai Blues” received a nomination for Jazz Song of the Year. At the awards ceremony in October 2014, she took home the Jazz Song of the Year award.
In October 2014, she crowdfunded a Christmas album which was released to fans in December of that year, and will be officially released in November 2015.
Thisbe states that her inspiration comes from classic jazz singers, among whom most importantly Ella Fitzgerald, and from her extensive travels. As a songwriter, she is influenced by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Through her writing of jazz originals, she hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the future repertoire of the vocal jazz genre.
She makes live appearances in select venues in the greater Los Angeles area, including the Cicada Club in downtown and the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach.