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  • Tiffany Austin (2018)

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    Singer, lyricist—and lawyer—Tiffany Austin was born and raised in South Los Angeles in a house filled with music. She loved Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, and her Louisiana-Creole grandmother introduced her to jazz, real soul music, and blues from the Earth.

    Tiffany watched with interest as her older brother began to make a name for himself in music as a rapper. He didn't have to have a day job, but sustained himself through music. Perhaps, against all the odds, it was possible?

    At Cal State Northridge, Tiffany majored in creative writing, and studied classical voice. She spent a year studying in the UK, where she moonlighted by sitting in on jazz sessions. After graduation in 2004, she headed off to Japan for a year to sing soul, pop and gospel music That one year turned into five, and might be continuing today had it not been terminated by her getting a scholarship to U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall school of Law.

    Tiffany found her first year at Boalt hard, so much did she miss the music. She started performing with Marcus Shelby and Howard Wiley. Together they put together he debut recording, "Nothing But Soul". Critics couldn't stop talking about it: Kevin Whitehead on "Fresh Air" said "keep your ears on her".

    Tiffany's latest album, "Unbroken", is a powerful sacred and secular testament to the African-American experience right now, with some wonderful lyric writing and arranging by Tiffany herself, too.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ella Fitzgerald Compact Jazz A Night in Tunisia Verve
    # 2 Bessie Smith Bessie: The Anthology Send Me to the 'lectric Chair Not Now Music
    # 3 Nina Simone I Put a Spell on You Ne Me Quitte Pas Philips
    # 4 Pharoah Sanders Journey to the One You've Got to Have Freedom Evidence
    # 5 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah-Um Better Get It in Your Soul Columbia
    # 6 Herbie Hancock Ken Burns Jazz Actual Proof Columbia Legacy
    # 7 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Lonely Woman Atlantic
    # 8 Nina Simone Pastel Blues/Let It All Out Sinnerman Mercury
    Book Robin D.G. Kelley, "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original"
    Luxury Item "Music: I would have to have my phone so that I could play any music on Spotify."
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