One night only at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz
Danish jazz vocalist and composer Sinne Eeg (pronounced See–nah ēē) is among the top vocalists to come out of Northern Europe. Three of her albums won for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the Danish Music Awards in 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2015. She is the only vocalist to receive the Ben Webster Prize (named for American jazz icon Ben Webster) in its thirty-year history. Influenced by Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Betty Carter, Sinne’s subtle, yet distinctive, tone and expressive phrasing has grown a loyal international fan base from her tours in Europe, China, and Japan. She is just now attracting the attention of American audiences with her amazing artistry. Her latest recordings are the award-winning Face the Music and the more recent Eeg-Fonnesbaek.
Born in Denmark in 1977, Sinne Eeg was surrounded by music in her early years. Everyone in her family played an instrument or sang. By the time she was in high school, Eeg had decided that music would be her career path. She studied at a music preparatory school before pursuing advanced courses at the esteemed Danish Music Conservatory. After graduating in 2003, she went on to study with voice coach Janet Lawson in New York. Returning to Europe, Sinne’s intensive training paid off as she quickly rose to the top of the Scandinavian jazz scene, going on to tour in Europe and parts of Asia with great success.
Over the past decade of her career, Eeg has been awarded several honors, including the Prix du Jazz from France’s Academie du Jazz, and four Danish Music Awards for Best Vocal Jazz Album: Waiting For Dawn (2007), Don’t Be So Blue (2010), Face The Music (2014), and for last year’s Eeg-Fonnesbaek, a duo collaboration with acoustic bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek, which received an impressive four-star review from All About Jazz.com. Fonnesbaek, one of Europe’s top musicians, is also from Denmark. His professional credits include performing and recording with a long list of top players, such as American jazz pianists Aaron Parks and Christian Sands. Vocal-bass duos are rare, but have a rich history. It has been the preferred format of vocal legend Sheila Jordon, with bassist Harvie Swartz, and Nancy King with Oregon bassist Glen Moore. The Ben Webster Foundation, in awarding Eeg the 2014 Ben Webster Prize, described her as “a true jazz singer, who both shows sensitivity, improvisational skills, maturity, broad range and timing in her singing.”