Wendy is a very talented vocal musician. A jazz vocalist at her core, she is admired for her strong sense of timing and phrasing. Her influences are diverse. She has a natural place in the lineage of female jazz vocalists. She also has a knack for covering Pop and Classic Rock favorites that withstand the test of time, as well as R&B, Blues, Motown and Folk. Her influences are vast, spanning from Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, and Rebecca Parris; to Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder; to The Beatles, Billy Joel, and Elton John; to James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, and Bonnie Raitt; to Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, and Led Zeppelin, to so many others too numerous to mention.
A native of Massachusetts, Wendy began singing in various vocal harmony groups at age 13, touring throughout New England and with larger ensembles internationally. She has been a hired studio recording musician. She produced her first CD , “Lover Man” in 2006. As a Jazz soloist, she was jam session host for the the Acton Jazz Cafe for 12 years.
“Wendy makes the club seem like a big stage, and she makes the big stage feel like a one-on-one dialogue. Her voice, a beautiful human instrument, broadly represents jazz past, though it is uncompromising, unique and forward-reaching for the jazz present. Ms. Nottonson whispers, lilts, and roars her way through a diverse set of standards and pop tunes, all the while exchanging improvisational jabs with esteemed top-shelf sidemen.”
Dr. Jonathan Lorentz
NH Jazz Presents