Ann Whittington Quintet, Thursday, February 11, 2013

Ann Whittington Quintet

Thursday, February 11
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… ethereal vocal magic…” – Monterey Herald

Ann Whittington never stops refining and redefining her musical vision. The singer/songwriter’s warm and welcoming voice has been serenading Bay Area music fans over the years with an ever-evolving style of storytelling through song. Whittington has always enlisted the best of Santa Cruz jazz talent for her eclectic projects and her current group is no exception, featuring a first-string veteran lineup of Phil Smith,on tenor saxophone and flute, Gino Raugi on guitar, Bill Bosch on bass, Olaf Schiapicasse on drums, and Jim Greiner on percussion. has recorded two CDs, Symphony of Stars and The Great Dreamer, featuring her original compositions. She also appears on Santa Cruz Jazz, Vol. 1 and 2, a joint venture of local talent by the Santa Cruz Jazz Society.

Whittington was born in Liverpool, England. Her mother was Irish, and her father, originally from West Virginia, was an American. Drawn to music at a young age, Whittington’s early influences were mainly Irish folk and American country music, but her desire to explore other musical forms spurred her interest in jazz. She says, “The fact that I stumbled into the jazz realm is not that far-fetched, I recognized in the jazz singer an archetype of the story teller, and this resonated with me.” She learned by doing, acquiring performing experience by sitting-in with groups around Santa Cruz, including Don McCaslin’s Warmth, one of the resident jazz groups at the old Cooper House.

As a mainstay on the Santa Cruz music scene, with over three decades of experience, Whittington has built a loyal following through collaborations with other musicians and as a solo performer. In her own words, she describes her approach to songwriting this way, “I begin my creative process by opening myself up to the unknown. I find some vehicle in which to begin this journey into improvisation, otherwise known as free-association. This seed or starting point can begin with writing, movement, rhythm, lyric, or sound, and then it takes off.” As her audiences can attest, Ann Whittington continues to grow as an artist, finding new avenues of expression and inspiration through music.

Ann Whittington Quintet

DATE: Thursday, February 11, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $12/Adv $15/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

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