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Biography

Original jazz in a traditional style is what defines jazz singer/songwriter Thisbe Vos.

Born in The Netherlands, the Dutch singer began her musical adventure as a teenager, when she joined the UK's No 1 Swing Band "The Jives Aces" for several tours of Europe and North America. Visiting over 80 cities in over 20 countries before the age of 21, it was during those tours that she decided to start writing original songs in the styles of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Looking to record a classic yet contemporary-sounding album featuring a mix of jazz standards and her own originals, she set out for Los Angeles in 2008. She found a musical mentor in veteran bassist Henry Franklin, who provided her first introductions into the Los Angeles jazz scene.

Eight years later, she has released three albums on her personal record label, Prime Productions, and has built a respectable following of jazz lovers worldwide.

Her sophomore album “Under Your Spell”, released in 2013, received airplay on over 230 jazz radio stations in the US and Canada, and spent over 15 weeks on top of the US Cable TV Jazz Chart. It was also licensed for commercial use in restaurants and hotels in the US and abroad.

In August 2014, she was one of 20 finalists selected out of 2500 bands as part of an artist competition organized by WeDemand.com, a website that allows fans to ”demand“ concerts by their favorite artists in their city. She placed second.

In the same month, she was nominated by the International Music & Entertainment Association as Jazz Artist of the Year, and her original jazz song “Shanghai Blues“ won the category Jazz Song of the Year.

In November 2015, she released a crowdfunded Christmas album, "A Jazzy Christmas", a collection of swingy Christmas classics and four originals. The album won the IMEA's Holiday Album of the Year award and was well received by jazz radio stations, receiving airplay on many terrestrial stations and on the Sirius XM RealJazz channel.

In May 2016, her original song "Under Your Spell" was included in the season finale of ABC's "The Catch."

Thisbe states that her inspiration comes from classic jazz singers, among whom most importantly Ella Fitzgerald, and from her extensive travels. As a songwriter, she is influenced by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Through her writing of jazz originals, she hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the future repertoire of classic-sounding vocal jazz and swing.

She makes live appearances in the greater Los Angeles area, including at the Cicada Club in downtown and the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach.



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