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Country: United States
Based In: San Francisco, California
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A passionate vocalist, Rebekah Victoria’s quest to keep jazz alive for upcoming generations, and her quest to make the music her own.
Rebekah Victoria –SET LIST (* - head charts)
1. Instrumental TBD ALL Solos: TBD
3. What a Difference a Day Makes-C
4. East of the Sun-Eb
5. I Get a Kick Out of You-Bb
6. Speak Low-C
8. Almost Like Being in Love-Eb*
10. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love-C
12. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore-Ab ...
1. Instrumental TBD
2. Cheek to Cheek-G
3. Summer Samba-C*
4. Teach Me Tonight-G
6. But Beautiful-Db
7. I’m Beginning to See the Light-C
8. One Note Samba -F
9. I’ve Got the World on a String-Ab
10. Come Fly with Me-G
1. Instrumental TBD
2. Girl from Ipanema-F
3. Old Devil Moon-C
4. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered-F
5. Just Friends-Eb
6. Our Day will Come-Eb
7. It Don’t Mean a Thing-F major
9. I Wish You Love-Bb
10. Route 66-C
11. Taking a Chance on Love-G*
“…Victoria applies a fresh patina to old chestnuts. Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald come to mind on her version of ‘After You’ve Gone,’ but her swing here is vintage ’20s, thanks to trombonist Wayne Wallace—who arranged the music on Songs. And Mary Fettig’s clarinet has just the right tone and flavor for that dynamic period… What is consistently true about Victoria is her musicality.” – Herb Boyd, DownBeat
A seasoned vocalist, Rebekah Victoria grew up in a musical household in Northern California and caught the performing bug early. She studied piano and had classical ... voice training, but found it “way too structured.” Rebekah Victoria experimented with other types of music, including Broadway-style singing, but eventually realized, “Jazz, to me, is home. It can be what you want it to be, and I want to swing. It’s my passion.”
Among her influences, Rebekah Victoria cites Sarah Vaughan, for her huge range, classical sound, and drive to try new things; Ella Fitzgerald, “because she’s the best”; and Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett for their legacies and phrasing.
A natural crowd-pleaser, Rebekah Victoria loves performing, reading the audience, and thriving on the immediacy of its feedback. “I’m not out there, not in your face,” she explains. “I like to see people enjoy the music and relax—I enjoy their joy and feel my own!” However, she points out that she’s equally at home in the recording studio, where she can focus on the music, collaborate with the band, and really get into a zone on each piece, as proved by her performance on #OldFashionedTwitterTwit, her first release.
JazzKwest got its moniker from Rebekah Victoria’s quest to keep jazz alive for upcoming generations, and her quest to make the music her own. “It has to be me, it has to fit with what feels right, with the way its organically grown for me,” the vocalist points out. The spelling, “kwest,” is derived from the “k” in the singer’s own name, Rebekah; she adopted the nonstandard spelling after encountering it in the Bible as a little girl.
While the retirement of her key collaborator in Jazzkwest presented a challenge, Victoria soon had a tete-a-tete with San Francisco jazz maven Sheryl Lynn Thomas—who connected her with Wayne Wallace, beginning the two-year task of creating Songs of the Decades on Patois Records, her second release.
I have 30 plus years as a professional singer. I have been in shows, musicals and have performed Cabaret shows highlighting Broadway songs, I have even sung and danced with a Greek band many moons ago. Currently, I perform for Weddings, Parties, Corporate and Charity events. I perform at Clubs and Festivals.
I have a large repertoire and do mostly jazz but also sing the songs that are requested and appropriate for each venue. I have a stellar jazz band based in San Francisco Bay Area. I am flexible to perform as a duo with a pianist or guitarist , trio, quartet, etc., up to a full big ... band and orchestra. I am a lead singer but blend well in an ensemble, as well. I do live streaming performances and studio sessions.
My songs and albums have been featured on National and International Radio and all platforms of Social Media; Spotify, YouTube, Apple music, Soundcloud, Pandora, Amazon music, Deezer, Shazam. I have been reviewed by Downbeat, Jazztimes, Jazz Weekly, Jazziz and many online music journals and magazines. I have close to 5,000 followers on Facebook, Instagram and continue to build my loyal fans and following.
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