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JazzFidelity.com: Interview with Thisbe Vos

JazzFidelity: As a teenager, you were performing with the number one swing band in the U.K., the Jive Aces. What was that like?

Thisbe Vos: That was great fun. I met them when I was seventeen and they were playing in Amsterdam. I loved what they were doing right away and when they asked me to join them on their tour, I could not say no. We ended up touring all over Europe and all over the US. I got to go on national radio and television with them and play in a whole lot of swing clubs. I also did a lot of promotional work for them – it was not always singing. A lot of people asked me at the time if I was the girlfriend of one of the guys in the band, but I wasn't. They were more like brothers, and they took good care of me. We had a lot of fun together.

Jazz Fidelity: Is it true you moved to Los Angeles just to make this album? Did you have musicians in mind you wanted to work with?

Thisbe Vos: I did. After a musical hiatus, I was back in Holland and I had been having this “dream” for a while – that I wanted to record some very specific songs in a very specific style on a solo album, so I would have something that I could give out to people and say “this is me”. Basically a more mellow jazz style, like that of Ella Fitzgerald, and I felt that I needed a very specific type of “traditional” jazz musician. I came to the conclusion that I would probably have to go to America to find that sort of musician. So I ended up moving to Los Angeles.

Jazz Fidelity: I read that you basically found on the internet where Henry Franklin, acoustic bass, was performing and went to see him about working on this album. Obviously that meeting went well. Describe it for us...

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PianoLang: Exclusive Fan Club Interview with Jazz Singer Thisbe Vos

Stefan Lang: Hi Thisbe, representing the Renee Olstead Fan Club, I’m very happy that you give us the opportunity to talk to another young singer who fell in love with Jazz, which is a rather unusual music genre for young people. When, why and how did that happen?

Thisbe Vos: You know, I grew up in Holland, and there wasn’t much jazz on the radio stations that I listened to, which was mainly oldies stations going back to the fifties. I really came across jazz by accident, like in commercials on TV, but as soon as I heard it I thought to myself “wow, this is great”, and I would try to find out more about the songs and the singers. I also started learning about jazz a little more in high school, because there was a school orchestra and there was another girl who would sing old standards on talent nights, etc. But as soon as I heard it, I knew that it was for me. I was a “jazz girl” from then on.

Stefan: Renee’s career began when she was very young, she was only 11 years old; as a Texan on her first two albums she sang country music, later she changed to Jazz. What kind of music did you start with?

Thisbe: When I was a kid, I would always sing along at home with the radio. When I was four, it was a Dutch pop singer, when I was seven it was Madonna – and I also really liked Michael Jackson. When I was seven I also took part in a Dutch singing competition for children, singing childrens’ songs. I think I was about eleven or twelve when I discovered jazz. Since then, that was pretty much my thing. I did a little bit of jazz singing in high school and when I was seventeen, I went on tour with British swing band “The Jive Aces”...

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Interview on WJUB

Radio interview on WJUB with Greg Van Beek of “Nostalgia Radio Time”