A jazz vocalist at her core, Wendy has a natural place in the lineage of female jazz vocalists. With a wide range of influences from Ella Fitzgerald to Carmen McRae to Rebecca Parris.
Wendy also covers Pop and Classic Rock, R&B, Blues, Motown and Folk, influenced by Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, and Led Zeppelin.
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
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