Ilse Huizinga

About Ilse Huizinga

Ilse Huizinga is a jazz vocalist from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Listed in Scott Janow's “The jazz singers, the ultimate guide” as one of the 500 best jazz singers of all times. Besides performing and recording, Ilse coaches jazz singers around the world. If chasing her is a bit too much for you, and you'd still like access to all of her knowledge and experience, check out her Jazz Singers Academy.

Barbra Streisand – how to get the most out of your lyrics

I’m always a bit perplexed when I hear people say they never listen to lyrics. That puzzles me. [...]

Barbra Streisand – how to get the most out of your lyrics

Tuck & Patti – how to find great musicians to work with

Well, hello. Timing is everything, they say. With the radiant jazz couple Tuck & Patti that really [...]

Tuck & Patti – how to find great musicians to work with

Tony Bennett – How to talk to your audience

I’m performing in one of Rome’s cutest jazz clubs in the lovely area Monti, as I find [...]

Tony Bennett – How to talk to your audience

Stacey Kent: how to interpret your lyrics

I’m at a party, being called upon to ‘sing us a song’ by a group of Aussies, [...]

Stacey Kent: how to interpret your lyrics

Shirley Horn: how to take it slow

To many jazz lovers, Shirley Horn is the empress of the slow ballads. Her tempi are always [...]

Shirley Horn: how to take it slow

Sheila Jordan: how to improvise

Sheila Jordan, the Jazz Child, “the Singer with the Million Dollar Ears” – whose impressive mentor and [...]

Sheila Jordan: how to improvise

Sarah Vaughan: how to sing pre-e-e-e-tty

Whenever I listen to Sarah Vaughan, I find myself ‘hooked’ to her enormous palette of vocal colors and [...]

Sarah Vaughan: how to sing pre-e-e-e-tty

Rebecca Parris – how to tell your story

I’m a lucky so and so, Rebecca Parris is in town! She’s performing in one of the cutest [...]

Rebecca Parris – how to tell your story

Peggy Lee: how to sing cool

Singer Peggy Lee was the inspiration for Miss Piggy. Yes, that Muppet Show’s stylish, self-assured pink blonde with [...]

Peggy Lee: how to sing cool

Natalie Cole: how to shine!

Don’t you just love getting caught under the spell of the always energetic, glowing and sparkling Natalie [...]

Natalie Cole: how to shine!

Nancy Wilson: how to sing dynamic

Nancy Wilson enters the stage, graciously walks towards the microphone stand and starts the first lines of [...]

Nancy Wilson: how to sing dynamic

Louis Armstrong: how to study

Do you also find yourself glued behind a computer? Way too often? Just checkin’ mails. Just following the [...]

Louis Armstrong: how to study

Kurt Elling – how to stay in tune

I saw him at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam – he wore very casual mustard yellow pants, and [...]

Kurt Elling – how to stay in tune

Johnny Hartman – how to sing with ease

I’m listening to They Say It’s Wonderful by the hypnotizing Johnny Hartman. It’s late at night. The [...]

Johnny Hartman – how to sing with ease

Jazz quiz for singers 6

Just got back from Rome. Rome, ti voglio bene! Mi mancaaaa! To change the mood I’m in [...]

Jazz quiz for singers 6

Jazz quiz for singers 5

Blue notes, perfect pitch, a prima vista? Throw in some of these terms at your next date. [...]

Jazz quiz for singers 5

Jazz quiz for singers 4

Vamps? Changes? Double time feel? There‘s always a lot of bewilderment when it comes to the jazz [...]

Jazz quiz for singers 4

Jazz quiz for singers 3

1. How do jazz singers count in? A. One – two, you know what to do B. [...]

Jazz quiz for singers 3

Jazz quiz for singers 2

I loved your responses to my first ever jazzzzz quizzzz for singers and I got asked to [...]

Jazz quiz for singers 2

Jazz quiz for singers 1

Every now and then you just feel that need to check up on your knowledge, don’t you agree? [...]

Jazz quiz for singers 1

How To Perform – Let There Be You!

I’m performing with a large orchestra in the famous Kurhaus in Scheveningen. It’s a packed house, I’m dressed [...]

How To Perform – Let There Be You!

How to handle a cold that comes with a sore throat

Achoo! There are quite a lot of things in this world we singers can handle. We can handle [...]

How to handle a cold that comes with a sore throat

How to breathe yourself into peak performance

After I climbed the narrow Amsterdam stairs to the third floor, I have to take off my shoes. [...]

How to breathe yourself into peak performance

How to be a singer: 12 skills you need

I had a dream. I wanted to be a singer. I didn’t tell a single soul. At seventeen, [...]

How to be a singer: 12 skills you need

How to be a perfect singer!

Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? Can I come visit at an unearthly hour and find a spotless [...]

How to be a perfect singer!

Greetje Kauffeld: how to phrase

Ever watched Dutch singer Greetje Kauffeld sing The Hungry Years? To me, it’s the live performance of a [...]

Greetje Kauffeld: how to phrase

Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald – how to perform

If you want to fall in love, if you want to totally and utterly get inspired by two [...]

Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald – how to perform

Ella Fitzgerald: how to master your breathing skills

Ella, to me, is the most complete jazz singer in the world. Still. All her records draw [...]

Ella Fitzgerald: how to master your breathing skills

Doris Day: how to find your style

Doris Day, the girl next door, the animal lover, the multi-talented blonde American beauty, singer, actress, TV host; [...]

Doris Day: how to find your style

Doris Day: how to capture your audience

You may have read my blog on Doris Day, the beautiful blonde, who got all the talents in [...]

Doris Day: how to capture your audience

Donna Summer: how to twang (how to what?)

Are you familiar with the works and empowering thoughts of American Life Coach Tony Robbins? On Facebook [...]

Donna Summer: how to twang (how to what?)

Dianne Reeves: how to expand your vocal style

Dianne Reeves to me is not only one of the world’s most impressive singers, she is also a [...]

Dianne Reeves: how to expand your vocal style

Diana Krall: how to play the piano and sing

I’m six years old and in comes a brown upright piano. Immediately, I’m drawn to the black [...]

Diana Krall: how to play the piano and sing

Deborah Brown: how to get a flexible voice

How I love listening to Deborah Brown! She’s soooo on top of her game. She, to me, [...]

Deborah Brown: how to get a flexible voice

Chet Baker – how to take it easy

It’s autumn. Falling leaves. Gloomy Sundays. Stormy weather. Whenever you feel the need for comfort and soothing [...]

Chet Baker – how to take it easy

Cassandra Wilson: how to sing low

When I first heard Cassandra Wilson sing, it sure broke my patterns of expectation. All of a [...]

Cassandra Wilson: how to sing low

Carmen McRae – how to time

I have a confession to make. If there is one singer that I have a so-called acquired taste [...]

Carmen McRae – how to time

But Grandmother, what big EARS you have.

As singers, we don’t have keys, strings or buttons to produce a tone. We have to hear the [...]

But Grandmother, what big EARS you have.

Billie Holiday : how to choose the right songs

Billie Holiday, or Lady Day, as she was lovingly called by her fellow musicians, is an icon. For [...]

Billie Holiday : how to choose the right songs

Betty Carter: how to sound original

I’m in Montreux with my friends, singers Clare Foster and Twana Rhodes – we’re touring in Switzerland [...]

Betty Carter: how to sound original

Bette Midler: how to WOW your audience

I’m 26 and I love to sing, but I feel a bit uncertain about talking to my [...]

Bette Midler: how to WOW your audience

Anita O’Day: how to phrase like a queen

Anita O’Day is one of the coolest jazz singers I know. She has a way with rhythm [...]

Anita O’Day: how to phrase like a queen

Al Jarreau: the acrobat of scat – How To Scat!

“Does anyone want to go waltzing in the garden?” Yes, please. Of course! Anytime. Even at 8:30 [...]

Al Jarreau: the acrobat of scat – How To Scat!

Abbey Lincoln: how to write your own song.

When I first heard Abbey Lincoln, I was shocked. I was 17, schooled in classical singing, thinking [...]

Abbey Lincoln: how to write your own song.

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