Friday, August 1, 2008

ELIXIR presents jazz vocalist & trombonist elizabeth! Friday, August 8th


ELIXIR at The Freight House presents




 – Friday, August 8th


ELIXIR at The Freight House, the Upper Valley’s premier destination for fine dining and live music, proudly presents the return of one of New York City’s fastest rising stars – elizabeth! – an amazingly talented jazz vocalist and trombonist who performs with FRED HAAS on piano and her father, DAVID WESTPHALEN, on bass on Friday, August 8, 2008, from 7:30 to 10:30pm.  Call ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations.  There is no cover charge for the music.


Vocalist and trombonist elizabeth! is one of the most in-demand bandleaders and side musicians in New York City. Her working band performs her sultry arrangements of jazz standards as well as her catchy original tunes, and her new recording, “hot & silver,” shows off her beautiful phrasing and sensitivity.  Her musicianship and enthusiasm (and dance moves) have made her a popular choice for tours and recordings with artists in genres ranging from country to indie rock to hip-hop.  In April she performed with her own quintet at New York’s Jazz @ Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.  She has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Lincoln Center, and on “Good Morning America” with the Metro Mass Gospel Choir and has toured with St. Vincent, opening for The Arcade Fire.  elizabeth! has performed with the Rebirth and Dirty Dozen Brass Bands at the Blue Note, Wetlands, B.B. King's, and the Knitting Factory, and has done radio commercial work and recording with countless artists, including The Mooney Suzuki, Chris Potter, and Money Mark of the Beastie Boys.


Before dropping her last name for a mark of punctuation (!), Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen grew up in a very musical family in Woodstock, Vermont, garnering accolades in both music and theater. While at Harvard University, she studied cognitive neuroscience and psychology and immersed herself in the Boston music scene. She played lead trombone with the Harvard Jazz Band, under the direction of Tom Everett, and performed with many of the top names in jazz; a particularly special concert featured Randy Weston and Elizabeth’s recreation of Melba Liston's “My Reverie.” Other activities included touring with the nutty Hasty Pudding Theatricals, directing the jazz department and spinning records at WHRB, and playing a weekly gig with a drag queen.  (So much for the typical ivory tower education!) She has studied with Phil Wilson, Sheila Jordan, JD Walter, Michael Philip Mossman, and Antonio Hart - mostly through the curriculum at Queens College, where she earned a Master's Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance in 2006.


elizabeth! is based in Brooklyn and maintains an active touring and recording schedule. For more information, visit:


Located at The Freight House, 188 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT (802-281-7009), ELIXIR Restaurant and Lounge presents eclectic fare and small plates and features special martinis, local beers, an international wine list and live music nightly.  Eat, laugh & drink. 



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