Recognized “one of the most promising young jazz vocalists of her generation,” Rachel Azbell seeks to put her own stamp on the standards while paying homage to the inspiring women that have come before her. Her classic, sultry tone is particularly inspired by jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson. Initially a classically trained pianist, she is now a professional vocalist and a leader in vocal jazz education, striving to create opportunities and a sense of community for young vocalists.
In partnership with Jazz Arts Group, Rachel piloted the Columbus Youth Jazz Vocal Lab, a tuition-free program for middle and high school vocalists to explore their solo jazz voice and expanded upon this curriculum to include a week-long summer camp, the Jazz Academy Vocal Workshop. As a private vocal instructor, she has extensive experience teaching both contemporary and classical styles to middle, high school and college-aged students.
Rachel recently graduated with a master’s of music in jazz studies from the esteemed University of North Texas, under the direction of Jennifer Barnes and Rosana Eckert. There, she served as a teaching fellow for the vocal jazz area where she directed West End and Third Street vocal jazz ensembles, taught private lessons, and instructed a vocal jazz studies course for non-majors. To learn more about Rachel’s upcoming performances, listen to her music or learn more about voice lessons, please visit her website at rachelazbell.com.