Award-winning jazz vocalist, recording and international touring artist, songwriter, the Recording Academy voting member, and founder/director of the Palm Beach International Jazz Festival (www.pbijf.org), Yvette Norwood-Tiger, is a Detroit, Michigan native who hails from a family of musicians. Yvette performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations, while emphasizing intonation and storytelling. Her vocal styling and texture are often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. In addition to jazz standards, her repertoire includes the Great American Songbook, standards, bebop, and Latin jazz. She also performs jazz songs in other languages.
In addition to her original jazz compositions, her recordings feature music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and others. Yvette’s CD, LOVE IS, stayed on JAZZWEEK'S charts for over sixteen weeks. Yvette's newest CD, AUTUMN SUN, is a grand tribute to the forefathers of bebop, including Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and others.
Yvette resides in south Florida where she performs extensively, including performances at the Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. Yvette performs in Europe, South Africa, South America, the UK, the Caribbean, as well as various venues in the US including Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Michigan. Yvette has performed internationally at historic jazz venues and has sat in several times with jazz orchestra The Cotton Club All Stars at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, NY. She has also sat in with the late saxophonist David Fathead Newman, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, family members of Celine Dion, Tito Puente, Jr., and Jay Beckenstein and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra.
Yvette is a recipient of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County 2022 Artist Innovation Fellowship Program Awards. Yvette was also nominated for the South Florida Indie Awards 2022 - Best Jazz Vocalist. In 2021, Yvette was interviewed and featured in the PBS South Florida "On The Town - Black Voices" segment. She was also featured in a short film titled “Art Meets Jazz on J Street”, a film produced and directed by south Florida film maker, James Venable. Art Meets Jazz on J Street is the winner of the 2018 Wavelengths Awards.
Yvette is a true vocal natural in any setting from jazz festivals to intimate jazz clubs. She captivates the audience whether she’s singing with an ensemble featuring piano, bass, drums, trumpet, and saxophone; with a piano or guitar accompanist; or with a full orchestra. Yvette's mission in music is to uplift, inspire, and entertain her audience through song, lyrics, and storytelling of her personal journey.
According to press clippings from the Two River Times, "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."
Recipient - Cultural Council for Palm Beach County 2022 Artist Innovation Fellowship Program Award
Nominated for South Florida Indie Awards 2022 - Best Jazz Vocalist
The Recording Academy (GRAMMY) - Voting Member
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) - Member
Cultural Council for Palm Beach County - Performing Member
Women in Jazz South Florida - Member/Past President
PAST CONCERT PERFORMANCES (Partial list):
PERFORMANCES – Partial list
Arts Garage – Delray Beach, Florida – 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
B-Flat Acoustic Music + Jazz Club, Berlin, Germany – 2017
Birdland Jazz Club, New York, New York – 2019
Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club, Detroit, Michigan – 2018, 2019, 2020
Elegance Café Jazz Club – Rome, Italy – 2019, 2022
Raymond F. Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, Florida – 2016
Martin County Art Festival, Martin County, FL – 2022
Miami International Jazz Festival, Miami, Florida – 2018
Muizenberg Jazz Festival, Muizenberg, South Africa – 2017
Music Hall (Aretha Franklin’s) Jazz Café, Detroit, Michigan – 2016
Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida – 2019
Palais Des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium – 2017
Palazzo de Pesce, Moli di Bari, Italy – 2022
Palm Beach International Jazz Festival – 2019-2023
PBS Interview – Black Voices, July 1, 2021
Pecoranera Jazz Club, Naples, Italy – 2022
Royal Albert Hall, London, England UK – 2017, 2018, 2019
Skylab, Colliano, Italy – 2019
The Historic Hampton House, Miami, Florida – 2019
The Jazzy Rainbow, Durban, South Africa – 2017
Various venues throughout New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Florida, Europe (2004-2023)