Carol Ettman

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b. 20 June 1943, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Ettman’s early professional career was spent mainly in St. Louis, singing with various jazz groups, including one in which David Sanborn also played. Among several…
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b. 20 June 1943, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Ettman’s early professional career was spent mainly in St. Louis, singing with various jazz groups, including one in which David Sanborn also played. Among several big bands with which she appeared were those led by Russ David, George Hudson, George Johnson, Ted Weems, and Oliver Nelson. Her gigs with the latter gave her important exposure and were a significant breakthrough. Ettman sang and played piano in a number of lounge acts and jazz groups and was vocalist with the Frank Smith trio in Kansas City, Missouri. She has appeared at jazz clubs, particularly throughout the Midwest and in the Pacific north west; and also at numerous jazz festivals. She has also played on hotel and casino circuits. Active in jazz education, Ettman has taught Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the University of Nevada at Reno, as well as conducting clinics and master classes. She has administered the Reno Jazz Society and presented many major concerts in Reno and Portland, Oregon. Additionally, she has adjudicated several vocal jazz competitions. She has also sung and spoken many voice-overs for national advertisers. In the early 00s, she conducted vocal jazz clinics and master classes, and worked in teaching. Most of these activities took place in Florida, which is also where Ettman performed with various jazz groups.