Rebecca Shrimpton vocalist/composer

Vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton is acclaimed for her rare melding of a highly eclectic approach with a sumptuous and agile voice.  

She has appeared and recorded with Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, Oliver Lake, George Russell, Ran Blake, George Lewis, Fred Ho, and blues organist Mike Finnigan (from Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland).  She is vocalist for Boston's 19-piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, with whom she has recorded seven CDs, the most recent, Why Do You Ride?, making DownBeat magazine's Best of 2015 list.  She is also vocalist for OddSong, whose debut recording, Jailhouse Doc with Holes in Her Socks, was on Cadence Jazz magazine's Top Ten CDs of 2016 list.  Rebecca also performs with Norm Zocher's Electric String Band and has been guest artist with the acclaimed early music ensemble, Tapestry.

Rebecca'€™s solo CD, Madman'€™s Moon, with guitarist Eric Hofbauer, garnered international praise, earning a four-star review from the All Music Guide and making two Top Ten CDs of 2005 lists (Jazz Times Magazine and CHUO FM).   The 2009 release, Requited, features songs by internationally best-selling novelist Anita Diamant (The Red Tent) and pianist Bert Seager, along with a brilliant band, including Rick DiMuzio (tenor sax), Jorge Roeder (bass) and Richie Barshay (drums, Herbie Hancock Quartet).

Rebecca composes and arranges music for her own jazz ensembles, but has recently expanded her writing to the theater.  She has been Music Director for three productions by the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, composing original scores, including eight songs using Shakespeare's lyrics
from The Tempest.  Her current project is a musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Performance venues include Manhattan's Cornelia Street Cafe and Somethin' Jazz Club;  Boston's Regattabar, House of Blues, Ryles Jazz Club, The Beehive, Jordan Hall, and Berklee Performance Center; and the exquisite Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA.  She was also featured on two PBS/NPR concert broadcasts and recordings, performing with singer/actor Theodore Bikel.

Rebecca is Associate Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music, Boston.  She has a master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Dominique Eade and John McNeil, and has a bachelor's degree in classical voice.  She has taught voice for nearly 20 years, including New England Conservatory Preparatory, Longy School of Music, and MIT.  Rebecca has CDs on Rounder, Cadence, Accurate, Leo, Red Toucan, Innova, Invisible Music, and Creative Nation Music (CNM) Records.