Wesla Whitfield (voice) inhabits an indeterminate zone where jazz and cabaret meet. Trained in classical music and opera, she has spent her career breathing life into the body of Broadway tunes, movie songs, and Hit Parade numbers known collectively as The Great American Songbook. Though based in San Francisco, Whitfield now spends much of her time in New York, working such noted rooms as the Algonquin Oak Room, Jazz Standard, and Le Jazz Au Bar, and she performs frequently at Town Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Accompanied by jazz greats Mike Greensill and John Wiitala, Whitfield’s sixteenth recording, In My Life on HighNote records, was released in January of this year and is being hailed as her finest to date. Broadcast and print media that have highlighted her life and work include All Things Considered, People magazine, CBS Sunday Morning, and The New York Times Magazine.

[from program for September 26, 2005 concert]