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Palm Beach Post

To paraphrase the question about directions to New York City landmarks: “How do you get to Birdland? Practice, man, practice.”

Of course it takes practice, but it also takes talent, determination and faith, all of which Palm Beach County songbird Yvette Norwood-Tiger possesses in abundance, as well as a little bit of luck.

Backed by five top-notch sidemen (on piano, sax, trumpet, bass and percussion), she swung through Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”; “Green Dolphin Street,” originally a Polish tune (who knew that?); “La Vie En Rose” and songs of Brazilian, South African and other origins, including, appropriately, George Shearing’s “Lullaby of Birdland.”

The Daily Music Show - Cape Town - South Africa

The romance that jazz brings, Yvette Norwood-Tiger, celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald. engaging, consummate professional and oh ... her side-men, of the best that brought us under the influence. Blake Hellaby on grand piano, Lumanyano Unity Mzion drums, Sean Sanby on upright bass and Marco Maritz on trumpet. The ensemble entranced, romanced and finally mesmerized us ... bewitched, bothered, then bewildered us. I had arrived in 5th heaven, resting place of jazz romantics.

Palm Beach Post


Transplanted Detroit jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger transcends standards from "Summertime" to "Besame Mucho" on her debut CD "whY NoT...Love, Peace, Joy, Jazz," and does that and more with her the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center.

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The performance (Yvette Norwood-Tiger Presents Jazz At Kravis Center) was one that legends are made of and the evening so magical that if you missed it, you missed perfection.


...Members of Celine Dion's family are in the audience and Celine's sister is invited up by Yvette to sing "La Vie En Rose" in French. Her name is Claudette and she can sing. Yvette joins Claudette to sing it in English and the emotion in Yvette’s voice has me and a couple of other "tough" guys with me, tearing up---someone have a tissue?...


Blue Jean Blues - 5/25/15:  Yvette returns to do a request. "La Vie En Rose".  Eric announces it as a Louis Armstrong hit.  It was.  But it was Edith Piaf who made that song famous.  Yvette didn't do it like Louis or Edith.  She did it like Yvette.  Emotional and absolutely perfect.

Asbury Radio


Last Saturday night, which happened also to be First Saturday in Asbury Park, Mattison Park had a great trio, featuring songstress Yvette Norwood-Tiger, billed as a 'Traditional Jazz Vocalist'. Now that might send those who associate jazz with scatting and lots of jarring sounds running for the door, which would be a big mistake. It is so rare to hear her selections -- "Cry Me a River", "God Bless the Child", "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me", "Green Dolphin Street", "They Can't Take that Away from Me"-- because you actually need a real singing voice to do them.  Ms. Norwood-Tiger is the kind of accomplished voice one associates with the classically trained female singers of the 30s and 40s. This woman sings the standards the way they were meant to be sung.

Two River Times


It didn't take long for jazz vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger to develop a following.  After just a few area appearances, the Long Branch resident can count on a large turnout of jazz enthusiasts whenever she's on the bill.  Her recent sold-out gig at El Lobo Negro, Asbury Park's jazz and performance hotspot, generated enthusiastic buzz among musicians and fans alike.  The swingin’ and groovin' singer’s career is on the fast track. Whether she is backed with a full jazz ensemble or with a piano accompanist, she sets an authentic jazzy mood for true jazz listeners.


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