ABOUT

Promising young jazz vocalist, 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 takes inspiration from jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. Initially, a classically trained pianist, Rachel fell in love with jazz at the age of 16 through her grandmother, who was a pianist and saxophonist. She is now a professional vocalist and a leader in vocal jazz education, striving to create cutting-edge opportunities and a renewed sense of community and educational opportunities for young vocalists.

 

In partnership with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, 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 weeklong summer camp, Camp Jazz, which will be in its fourth year in the summer of 2022. Rachel is also the curator of educational vocal jazz videos available through the Jazz Academy Teacher's Toolkit (jazzacademyteacherstoolkit.com/vocalmusic), which were created to give music educators effective tools for instilling vocal jazz curriculum into their classroom.

 

As a private vocal instructor, Rachel  has extensive experience teaching both contemporary and classical styles to middle, high school and college-aged students and is currently teaching at the New Song School of the Arts in Argyle, TX.

 

Originally from Columbus, OH, Rachel is currently residing in Denton, TX, where she recently finished her her masters in music in jazz studies at the esteemed University of North Texas under the direction of Jennifer Barnes and Rosana Eckert. There, she sang in the distinguished UNT Jazz Singers and served as a teaching fellow for the vocal jazz area, teaching private lessons and courses in jazz studies. Rachel is currently available for bookings and private teaching in the DFW area.