Rochelle "Little Betty" Thompson 
with the Jon Weiss Trio
Dindi No Name Blues Crazy He Calls Me
Arrangements by Rochelle Thompson
Email Rochelle:  Sassybizr@aol.com 
    Bookings: Hand And Glove Management
or call @ (646) 620-1673


KEEPING JAZZ ALIVE!
 

Rochelle Thompson has been the Opening Act for Joe Williams, The Chamber Brothers, Richie Havens, Sweet Honey In the Rock, Kenny Rankin, David Sanborn, Abbey Lincoln, and Leon Thomas! She has performed in "Sty Of The Blind Pig," "The Crucible," "Show Boat," "The Me Nobody Knows, "Inner City," "Steel/City," and "The Good Ship Credit!" Ms. Thompson served as Jazz Editor for "Pittsburgh Music Makers," writing a column entitled, "Take The A Train!" She co-founded "The Harlem Renaissance Jazz Festival," and created "the little jazz festival that could!" for Children. Rochelle sent their poetry to The White House via "BopPie Quarterly," and it was acknowledged. She helped land mark Lady Day's Booth at "The Lenox Lounge" and performed "Love Notes To Betty! The Betty Carter Tribute!" She helped landmark John Coltrane's home in Dix Hills.
 
Ms. Thompson has performed in China, Switzerland, France, and Australia.

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What They Are Saying About Ms Thompson's Daughter

 

 
"When I came from Pittsburgh to New York City, I was known as "Little Betty." This was further substantiated when I did "Love Notes To Betty! The Betty Carter Tribute!" for four (4) years and also arranging Ms. Carter's music to my voice. This year has been an amazing year, I've worked on Barack Obama's Campaign for President and worked on housing legislation for New Yorkers!"
"The place is called 22 West*. It is a restaurant/club located on 135th Street in Harlem.  Jazz singer Rochelle Thompson says, "It's the legendary place where Malcolm X used to dine in Harlem when he was alive!  And, Malcolm also loved jazz."

Thompson's  magnetic personality generates joy and happiness, which becomes so contagious that it draws the listener into her sphere.  And when she is singing, her proud ancestral jazz culture emerges, expressing her self-love of Harlem and Black folks."         Amsterdam News, NY

* (22 West a Harlem landmark has closed it's doors as of 2003)

     

Rochelle is a Jazz singer and story teller combined into one. 
When she's singing her jazz stories, the spirit of the jazz ancestors seem to rise up and take residence within her.

   

 
During any of her performances Rochelle delivers uniquely felt, yet true to era style renditions of a number of legendary jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald (with unique scatting) or,  Dinah Washington's, "This Bitter Earth," with mellow deep feelings and rumbling tones that seems to vibrate from within the listener.
   

A story teller at heart, Rochelle performs with exquisiteness expressions from the American Song Book.  Obviously, one can see and hear that she really knows the language of song.

Whether it's Rochelle's arrangement of the standard "That's All," or an elegant sculpture of Billie Holiday's  "God Bless the Child," it is as if the spirits of these legendary ancestors are actually right there inside of her.

  

Generations - Christmas in Shanghai

 

"God has blessed our people with such a gift that we must recognize and express our African folklore."

"People like Zora Neale Hurston, Josephine Baker,  and Al Jarreau are my spiritual teachers - they led me to my very own musical  signature."

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