New York vocalist and composer Ashley Pezzotti discovered her love for music when her Dominican father would sing her classic Spanish songs to sleep. She began taking voice lessons at only 4 years old, and in 2018 she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music with a full tuition scholarship. In the spring of 2019, Ashley participated in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program where she was gained invaluable mentorship by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jason Moran and Marcus Printup. She is also a 2021 alumni of Dee Dee Bridgewater's Woodshed Network program.
At the young age of 26 years old, Ashley has performed with renowned artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Joey Alexander, Dave Holland, Jon Secada, and country star Keith Urban. She has also performed as a leader at prestigious venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club, Blue Note Jazz Club, The Jazz Showcase, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Her 2019 encouragingly titled album “We've Only Just Begun” features an array of original compositions inspired by the Great American Songbook. She is accompanied by renowned musicians such as Emmet Cohen on piano, Alex Weitz on tenor sax, Kyle Poole on drums and Bob Bruya on bass. Ashley is featured on Wynton Marsalis' 2020 album release on Blue Engine Records, The Ever Fonky Lowdown, along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The album is a sweeping Marsalis suite that captures the artist's insight on culture and society.
“The narrative of life, love and promise conjure the sensibilities of a bygone era, something particularly impressive for a 23-year-old vocalist [...] A sound band, promising voice, excellent song selection and writing mark Pezzotti as a performer to watch.” —DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
“Pezzotti is exquisite, caressing and stretching the lyric in the manner of the masters.” —ALL ABOUT JAZZ Read full article
“Ashley Pezzotti is a 'singers singer'. Not only does she deliver timeless melodies (Standards and her original compositions), she has also mastered the art of 'scat singing' and can hold her own with any horn player.”
—MARCUS PRINTUP, JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
“With a driving band in step behind her, this set of originals show why she’s been such a comet, rubbing elbows with the best and taking home recognition in her wake. ” —MIDWEST RECORD
“...That's Pezzotti's one-two punch, that she wrote many of these songs and made them sound just like those jazz standards. In a way, she tricked me, and I'm impressed.” —THE VINYL ANARCHIST
“Her intonation, the clarity of her phrasing, her vocal dynamics, and her timing are impeccable, and she is also a wonderful songwriter inspired by the American Songbook…” —JAZZ&BLUES REPORT
“She is a gem with a maturity seldom found in 23 year olds.”
—RUSTY RUST, KAMU TEXAS
“With such a great style and voice, I feel certain we'll hear a great deal more from her during the coming years.”
—DAVE ROGERS, WTJU VIRGINIA
“...Pezzotti may be young, but she sings like an old soul, a musical melding of Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day, with a little Claudia Acuna thrown in.”
“Just One of Those Things takes scatting at a bebop pace to levels of invention and intricacy only horn players can create. This blazing sound is her signature, her flourish of originality. It only takes hearing a phrase or two to know this is a Pezzotti.”
—LET THE SHOW BEGIN