Born in Queens, 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 classical 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.
At the young age of 24 years old, Ashley has performed with renowned artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dave Holland, Jon Secada, and country star Keith Urban. In the spring of 2019, Ashley participated in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program where she was mentored by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jason Moran, Casey Benjamin, Marcus Printup, and Peter Martin and performed her original compositions at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Her 2019 critically acclaimed debut album “We've Only Just Begun” features an array of original compositions inspired by the Great American Songbook. Ashley also showcases her superb ability to tell a story through some of the great jazz standards featured on the album. The album features a world class band including Emmet Cohen on piano, Alex Weitz on tenor saxophone, Bob Bruya on bass, and Kyle Poole on drums. The release was accompanied by a national tour including performances at Birdland Jazz Club, The Velvet Note, The Nash, The Jazz Showcase, and Dizzy's Club at Jazz At Lincoln Center.
Ashley is featured on Wynton Marsalis' latest 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