Tiffany Austin's "Unbroken" Receives Four-Star Downbeat Magazine Review

Tiffany Austin's "Unbroken" Receives Four-Star Review in Downbeat Magazine's June edition. The album will be released on June 1st, 2018.

"...West Coast vocal jazz gets no better than Tiffany Austin."
-Ron Hart, Downbeat Magazine
June 2018

June 7th - Birdland NYC
June 29th - Stanford Jazz Festival, CA
July 5th - Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz, CA
August 11 - SFJAZZ, CA

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Tiffany Austin to Sing Title Role of Opera Parallèle's ‘Harriet’s Spirit’

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Opera Parallèle is slated to showcase an essential world premiere when it showcases “Harriet’s Spirit,” an opera centered on the life of abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman.

The opera, composed by jazz artist and composer Marcus Shelby and written by librettist Roma Olvera, will take place on Jan. 18 and 20 as part of the company’s famed  Hands-On Opera Program.

The work’s creative team will include conductor Luçik Aprahämian, stage director Erin Neff, stage manager Lucy Coarsey and production designer Rachael Heiman. Among the performers will be jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin as Harriet Tubman and soprano Christabel Nunoo as Modesty.

Per a press release, the opera’s synopsis is as follows, “Modesty is a middle-school-aged girl enduring adversity and bullying at school. Inspired by the biography of Harriet Tubman that she is reading, she begins to get the guidance and strength from a legendary African American treasure as a sort of spirit guide. Based on a dramatic historical event from Harriet Tubman’s service during the Civil War, Modesty and Harriet contemplate the value of fear and love’s ultimate role in giving meaning and direction to our lives.”

#opera #jazz #harriettubman


Tiffany Austin Named a Finalist in the 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition

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The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, also known as the SASSY Awards, has announced the five jazz singers who will perform for the top prize honor on Sunday, November 12.

Tiffany Austin (Berkeley, California) is one of five finalists in this year's competition.  The finalists were selected via public voting online, selecting them from more than 600 submissions.

The five finalists will perform before a panel of judges on the final day of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival  at 3 p.m. in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. 

The grand prize winner will be offered an exclusive recording contract with Concord Records and a $5,000 cash prize. The second-place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the third-place winner will be awarded $500.

Tickets to the live final are available at:

#jazz #njpac #TDMoodyJazz @njpac


Tiffany Austin To Open For Christian McBride at Walt Disney Concert Hall for KJAZZ Radio Benefit

The Tiffany Austin Quintet will open for GRAMMY®-award winning Christian McBride and his New Jawn Quartet at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) on June 24th, 2017 at 8pm. This special evening will benefit KJazz 88.1 FM.


Tiffany Austin has been named in Music Connection's Top 25 New Music Critiques of 2016. The list is available in the magazine's December 2016 Special Year-End Issue:


This month, the Museum of Jazz and Art spotlights vocalist Tiffany Austin. Learn more about her thoughts on musical idioms,  growing up in Watts, CA, and how her experience with law school and jazz fold into one another:

#bayarea #jazz 



Vocalist Tiffany Austin Announces Summer Shows in New York, San Francisco, San Jose

Raves began pouring in upon the release of jazz singer Tiffany Austin's debut CD, Nothing But Soul, on her own Con Alma Music label last summer. Yoshi Kato gave the disc four stars in his glowing DownBeat review. Kevin Whitehead called her "a vocalist to keep an ear on" during his radio review for NPR's Fresh Air. "She's magnetic on stage, always finding fresh insights on the American songbook, and yet always in touch with the singers and traditions who've come before," Cy Musiker commented on KQED-TV in San Francisco.

Offers for performances at prestigious venues quickly followed. They included a sold-out CD release concert at SFJAZZ in San Francisco in June, a date with drummer Tommy Campbell at New York City's Blue Note in August, three nights in October with John Handy at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the saxophonist's triumphant 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival set, and a sold-out January show at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco.

The Los Angeles-born, Berkeley, California-based singer's 2016 summer schedule begins on July 9 with Campbell's Vocal-Eyes Band at Smalls in New York's Greenwich Village. The sextet, comprising vocalists Austin and Marcelino Feliciano, pianist Helio Alves, guitarist Ben Sher, bassist Kenny Davis, and Campbell, will perform compositions by Ray Anderson, Al Gafa, Horace Silver, and others, including many by the leader, whom she first met in Tokyo ten years ago.

"It's more rhythmically and melodically complex than your typical vocal material," she says of Campbell's original music. The sextet plans to record an album two days later in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Austin will return to the Bay Area for shows with her band on July 14 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco and on August 13 at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. The band will consist of trombonist Mitch Butler, pianist Adam Shulman, bassist David Ewell, and drummer Sly Randolph. The repertoire will consist of songs from Nothing But Soul, many of them written by Hoagy Carmichael, as well as new compositions by the singer herself and material she's collecting for a future show related to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

"It's a contemplation of what the Harlem Renaissance would sound and feel like if it were set in the present time," Austin explains. She had earlier been in residency through San Francisco's Red Poppy Art House and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music for her project based on the music of Amede Ardoin, the legendary Louisiana Creole accordionist of the 1920 and '30s whose innovative style had a profound impact on the development of both Cajun and zydeco music.

Before she made her first CD last year, Austin had sung on three continents -- around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in London, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo. She set music aside, however, upon being accepted in 2009 at the University of California's Boalt School of Law in Berkeley. Yet her passion for music never went away, and a year into her law studies, she enrolled on a full scholarship at the nearby Jazzschool (now the California Jazz Conservatory), where her refreshingly original singing style attracted the attention of such young Bay Area bandleaders as bassist Marcus Shelby and tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley. Although she did earn a Juris Docorate in 2012, while her peers were all taking the bar exam she decided instead to devoted her life to her first love.

By the beginning of 2016, Austin had become so busy with her singing career that she had to start passing on some potential engagements. "I'm focusing on finding new musical opportunities that challenge and inspire me," she says.


Thanks and love to Cy Musiker and David Wiegand of KQED Arts for sharing their Bay Area favorites, including a glowing review of Tiffany Austin's work:

"Tiffany Austin is one of the Bay Area’s great jazz singers. No. She’s one of the country’s best jazz singers. She’s magnetic on stage, always finding fresh insights on the American songbook, and yet always in touch with the singers and traditions who’ve come before."  - Cy Musiker

Tiffany Austin's "Nothing But Soul" Reviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air"

In a glowing review of Tiffany Austin's "Nothing But Soul" album, NPR critic Kevin Whitehead calls Austin "a singer to keep an ear on." Listen to the entire review here:


Tiffany is headed to New York for some new adventures in music!

Tiffany Austin Quartet -  Friday, August 7, 2015 

@ Why Not Jazz Room - 8:30- 10pm ($15)

14 Christopher Street (between 6th and 7th Aves) NY, NY


Tommy Campbell -drums & small percussion


Alex Blake -  acoustic bass


Ray Gallon - piano




Guest Vocalist with Tommy Campbell's "Vocal Eyes" Band - Sunday, August 9, 2015

@ The Blue Note, NYC - 10:30am  12:30pm


About Tommy Campbell's "Vocal-Eyes" Band:   Dizzy Gillespie, legendary band leader, mentor, and colleague of Tommy Campbell, was a key influence in bringing this vocal band project together. This vocal band’s concept stems from years of touring and recording with Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Sonny Rollins and the Manhattan Transfer.

Tiffany Austin - Vocals 
Marcelino Feliciano - Vocals 
Helio Alves - Piano 
Harvie S - Acoustic Bass 
Tommy Campbell - Drums & Small Percussion


The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News recently published feature articles about yours truly, Tiffany Austin. Find out more about the new album, "Nothing But Soul", why she chose music over law, and other things Tiff. :) Also, see you at SFJAZZ Center this Friday, June 12th, for my Album Release Concert! 

San Francisco Chronicle Article:

San Jose Mercury News Article:

Tickets to Tiff's Concert: