biography

Amanda Addleman is a San Francisco-based vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, and educator.

Addleman’s musical approach is one well-steeped in a reverence for the traditions of great jazz singers and instrumentalists of the last century. Yet her sound represents an informed departure from the tropes and fixations of earlier generations of improvisational musicians. In fusing the spirit of contemporary folk, rock, and pop composition and performance stylings, Addleman’s style blossoms with a freedom from genre restraint, while maintaining a consistent and cohesive sound that still maintains an obvious reverence for those who came before.

Addleman earned a B.M. at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, followed by continued studies with opera singer and vocal educator Lee Strawn, and renowned jazz vocalist and educator Tierney Sutton. In her own educational work, Addleman maintains a full private studio roster, heads the Sir Francis Drake High School vocal department, and teaches a regular schedule at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. It is her mission to both share her perspective on the music through performance and to educate and expose musicians of all levels and backgrounds to the tradition, so that the art form may continue to evolve and thrive. 

 

The band

Formed in 2009, the Amanda Addleman Band has set out to change the landscape of the modern jazz band.  From its inception, the group has fused aesthetics from different genres woven together through the language of the jazz tradition. Their virtuosic, yet dynamic improvising and unique voice has won acclaim all over the Bay Area.

The Amanda Addleman Band is: 

Lee Dynes - guitar

Ryan Lukas - bass

Ben Lauffer - drums

 from left: Lukas, Dynes, Addleman, Lauffer

from left: Lukas, Dynes, Addleman, Lauffer