Lila Ammons has forged a path in music that at once honors tradition and her own expressive impulses. Beginning her vocal career in opera houses and concert halls in the United States and in Europe, she later returned to her familial roots in jazz and the Classic Blues/Boogie Woogie tradition (she is the niece of tenor sax titan Gene “Jug” Ammons and the granddaughter of the great boogie woogie pianist, Albert Ammons).
For the past 8 years, she has gained popular and critical acclaim touring Europe and Brazil with German pianist Axel Zwingenberger, and as feature vocalist with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie Quartet with Zwingenberger and Charlie Watts. Ammons has won fans of Bossa, Swing, Bebop to Blues performing at some of the Midwest’s and Europe's largest Blues, Boogie Woogie, and Jazz Fests.
Though she continues touring, Ammons has returned to performing Stateside with the Lila Ammons Trio, and The Lila Ammons Jazz Quartet in her home-base of the Twin Cities. Through recordings and live performances alike, Ammons continues to attract new audiences with her wide variety of nuanced vocal jazz narratives, a respect for traditional Classic Blues idioms, and an unpredictability that delights.
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