Isabel Crespo is a skilled vocalist well versed in genres ranging from Brazilian music to Chansons, from Boleros to the Great American Songbook, and much more. She is a graduate of UNT’s renowned Jazz Studies program, and she is committed to the highest level of musicianship. Her flawless interpretation of multilingual vocals, unwavering sense of swing, and captivating lyric delivery are a must-have for your next event.
Please feel free to ask about any specific requests!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 15 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Isabel Crespo a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator currently living in Denton, TX. She spends her time performing, leading ensembles of varying genres and sizes, teaching, and collaborating with artists both nationally and internationally.
Crespo began her formal musical training at Costa Rica’s prestigious Castella Conservatory, where she had the opportunity to study art, traditional theater, and vocal performance. During her time at Castella Conservatory, she had the privilege of collaborating with dancers, performing operettas and lieder, and sharing with students of many different artistic disciples. She later continued her studies at the University of North Texas. Crespo was awarded a music scholarship to study Jazz Voice, she studied under the direction of Rosana Eckert and Jennifer Barnes, and she had the opportunity to perform with the Downbeat-award winning UNT Jazz Singers. She also performed traditional Brazilian music and Afrocuban music (as both a percussionist and vocalist), the music of Frank Zappa, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, the music of Bill Evans, and many different compositions by friends and faculty members. During her time at UNT, she also had the privilege of working with notable artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Arthur Barrow, Jo Lawry, Lauren Kinhan, Janis Siegel, Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, Jay Clayton, and Danilo Perez.
In her compositions she blends modern jazz harmony, poetic lyrics, and melodies reminiscent of classical counterpoint to create a unique and honest sound. She leads an original music quintet called For Now, and they will be recording their first album in 2017. In the Spring of 2016, Crespo independently released a song-cycle entitled Enough Silence that she composed, arranged, produced, and sang on. It featured an original music ensemble that she lead and wrote for, whose instrumentation was: two voices, saxophone, trombone, guitar, keys, bass, and drums. In 2015, Crespo organized and performed with a collaborative project called Grown Curious that combined live performances of compositions by peers and improvisational contemporary dance for an interactive performance. In addition to writing and performing with her group, For Now, she currently leads and arranges for Passarinho (a Brazilian music group) and Both of Us (an original jazz duo,) and she is often called upon to perform others' compositions.
As well as being a prolific songwriter and composer, Crespo is a strong collaborator. She has performed, co-written, and recorded with groups of varying genres such as modern jazz, jazz choir, progressive rock, Brazilian music, Afro-Cuban music, folk, classical, avant-garde, contemporary classical, Argentinian rock, traditional Peruvian music, salsa, R&B, fusion, and hip-hop. Some of the projects that she is currently involved in as a sideman are: Family Tree (original jazz fusion), Los Mosaicos (Peruvian Chicha), Patos Poderosos (Peruvian Chicha), and Body English (neo-soul/hip-hop).
Crespo plans to continue writing, performing, and recording, as well as exploring new genres, new mediums, and interdisciplinary projects with like-minded peers.
Recent review: Very good trio On time Neat appearance
Recent review: We invited The More Love Band to perform at our 7th annual fund raiser for the Blankets and Bears…
Recent review: Such awesome communication and wonderful talent. They are so thoughtful about music content and…
Recent review: Arrived on time (early) and was set up and singing without any assistance from us. The guests…