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Rachelle Ferrell born May 21, is an American vocalist and musician. In contemporary jazz she is noted for her delivery, control, range, improvisational vocal percussion, scatting ability and access to the whistle register. Ferrell began singing at age six, and developed a six octave range by adulthood. After enrolling in the Berklee College of Music , and graduating a year later, having learned arrangement and developing her abilities in singing and songwriting, she secured a position teaching music for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts alongside Dizzy Gillespie. Ferrell's debut, First Instrument , was released in in Japan, five years prior to its US release.
Rachelle Ferrell is one of the most distinctive voices in jazz. Her 6-octave range and unique vocal phrasing clearly sets her apart from most vocalists. But add to that her instrumental prowess and songwriting capabilities and she is clearly much more than just a great singer. She returns to the Keswick Theatre on March 6. Ferrell started singing as a young child. She had classical training in violin and then piano. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, she had the opportunity to teach alongside Dizzy Gillespie. After about 15 years as a backup singer she launched her solo career.