Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
West, Adrienne, vocalist, actress, lyricist, educator; b. Brooklyn, NY, 17 November 1951. Her mother is Henrietta West (Beckham), b. 1927. Her father is Oscar West, b. 1922.Her brother is Ronald E. West, b. 1948. She moved to Hollis in Queens NY in 1960. Her parents divorced in 1980. Adrienne began classical voice and piano at age nine. During her teenage years, she felt the need to combine some of the jazz variations she had loved listening to on records with her classical background.
She performs in concerts, jazz festivals and clubs, as well as on TV and radio extensively throughout Europe and Africa (in various musical formations from duo to big band). As a member of the Alvin Queen Sextet, Adrienne travelled widely throughout Africa performing both in concerts and directing masterclass workshops in voice. She performs with some of the world's most prominent musicians including: Johnny Griffin, Buddy Tate, Jerome Richardson, Marshall Royal, Scott Hamilton, George Robert, Al Cohn, Guy Lafitte, Arnett Cobb, Harold Ashby, Bill Saxton, Teddy Edwards, Clark Terry, Joe Newman, Benny Bailey, Slide Hampton, Bart van Lier, Benny Powell, Ellen Helmus, Lou Blackburn, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Dado Moroni, Reggie Royal, John Bunch, Jack v. Poll, James Williams, Dolf de Vries, Rob van Kreeveld, Cliff Smalls, Wild Bill Davis, Lonnie Smith, NathanPage, Niels Pedersen, Ira Coleman, Red Mitchell, Peter Washington, Rosario Bonaccorso, Jimmy Woode, John Clayton, Reggie Johnson, Wilbur Little, Chubby Jackson, Ben Riley, Duffy Jackson, Alvin Queen, Ed Thigpen, Billy Cobham, John Engels, Oliver Jackson, Vernell Fournier, Leonardo Amuedo and Jerry van Rooyen. She has also performed and recorded with the WDR Radio Big Band Koln, the Hessischer Rundfunk Big Band Frankfurt, the NDR Radio Big Band Hamburg, and others.
After five years of appearing on Broadway and in European and World touring companies of the Tony Award winning "Ain't Misbehavin'", Adrienne decided to make Amsterdam her home where she lives with her husband. She keeps a busy schedule touring, recording, writing music and along with her husband creating theatre projects. Adrienne and her husband David Cameron have written and produced "Royal Court" - A Theatrical Jazz Tribute to "Duke" Ellington and Nat "King" Cole as well as "Evolution", a vocal and dance celebration of spirituals, hymns and gospel music.
She completed a two year European musical theatre tour entitled "George Gershwin: The Musical Gala" as a featured soloist. She also performed the role of Bessie Smith in "Mahalia" (a musical theatre tribute to Mahalia Jackson). She was a member for many years of the "Four Ladies Of Swing", a concert jazz program. In October 2000, she was invited to perform at the first "Davidoff International Vocal Jazz Festival" in Cape Town, South Africa.
Adrienne was a guest artist at the televised evangelical "Family Day" conference in August 2000, attended by an estimated 16,000 people in The Netherlands. In 2001, Adrienne was the soloist in Louis Andriessen's modern classical composition "M is for Man, Music, Mozart" (The M Project ).
In addition to her performance schedule, Adrienne conducts Masterclasses for Jazz Vocalists who want to make the vocal connection to Musical Theatre and for Classical students who want to make the vocal connection to Musical Theatre. To date, she has conducted these Masterclasses at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland, at the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and at the Conservatorium Enschede in Holland where she currently teaches Jazz Vocal and Musical Theatre Vocal and Music from the Church.
Adrienne presently lives in Amsterdam the Netherlands with her husband American born David Cameron, singer/actor and choreographer/director in musical theater.
Time Will Tell (1987); Dear Nat (1994); Live At The Bird's Eye Jazz Club (2001); The View (2002)
The John Clayton Big Band: Tribute (1985); Dado Moroni Trio: Insights (1995); George Gershwin: The Musical Gala (Cast Recording) (1996)
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