thùy linh ~ aka TL

thank you for swinging by!
singing jazz since 1990, i'm self-taught and drawn to jazz in college by the classic voices of ella fitzgerald, sarah vaughan, billie holiday, nat king cole and louis armstrong.

standing a petite 4' 11", i feel so tall when my strong and smooth voice raises eyebrows and smiles across the room. the low pitch often glides warmly between lyrical sensuality and pensive nostalgia. i credit my love of singing to the many melodious songs heard growing up in my homeland vietnam. mine is often described as a unique style: an exotic sound weaved to a most unusual personal history for a singer of american jazz.

in november 2013, composer Nguyễn Dự and I created Jazz is You! Jazz Là Em! with the mission to bring jazz into the heart of the ethnic communities and make it accessible. this is a volunteer collaboration of community musicians and patrons with a dream to educate and expose our communities to this great American art form. our programs aim to introduce to the community most current and up-and-coming talents throughout the greater bay area. venues include ethnic hubs where the community likes to gather regularly: coffee lovers, phoenix art center, Viet TET New Year Festivals and blue note lounge. Jazz is You! Jazz Là Em! recently hosted a few jazz jams that drew standing room crowds of at least 150 guests. this tremendous turn-out and on weeknights proves that the community is thirsty for new musical sounds beyond the traditional Vietnamese music, both pop and folk. currently, Jazz is You! Jazz Là Em! has pilot jams at the blue note lounge in Milpitas from april to june 2014, second and fourth sundays of the month: april 13 & 27, may 1