Alexis Cole

Jazz/Cabaret/Standards singer

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Award winning jazz vocalist, with a dozen albums to her credit, loves to bring composers songs to life.

The daughter of a passionate composer and an occasional writer herself, award winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole loves the satisfaction of bringing people's songs to life.

Called "one of the great voices of today," by Jonathan Schwartz, Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day. She's performed with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic at venues from Avery Fisher Hall to Kennedy Center. She records for Motéma Music, Chesky Records, and Venus Records. Her dozen recordings, which feature musical luminaries such as Fred Hersch, Eric Alexander, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Matt Wilson, have received high praise. Cole is the recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award, and was a winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions. Alexis is an alumnus of University of Miami, William Paterson University and Queens College. She also trained in Indian Classical singing at the Jazz India Vocal Institute in Mumbai. She has taught at Berklee and City College and currently heads the Jazz Voice Program at SUNY Purchase. 

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7 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Brice D.
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    The second time I work with Alexis and always the same pleasure!!! Very professional, very quick revisions, LOVE working with her :)

  2. Review by Brice Davoli
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    Alexis is an amazing singer, and an amazing professional.

    She perfectly understood my music, I'm really happy with our collaboration, a real top singer!

    I highly recommend you to hire her :)

  3. Review by PUNCH A.
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    Alexis has a lovely voice and she is great to work with. She was very patient and gave us a lot of material to work from.
    For this one we had to sing 50's style and she totally nailed.
    Super talented and a very kind person.

  4. Review by Roger Schore
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    As a practicing lyricist along with being an inordinate admirer of jazz vocalists, I place
    Alexis in that select circle of singers whose talent goes beyond the “okay” and “good”
    labels. She’s an outstanding vocalist, blessed with a very attractive sound and an
    exceptional ear. Adept at the piano and having the skills to sing anything from jazz
    to Paul Simon, her musical instincts are infallible. Alexis a major talent.

  5. Review by Aaron Lington
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    I have worked live with Alexis a number of times on the West Coast and also in NYC. She is a consummate professional, possessing a wonderful voice and artistry. I love the inflections she is able to produce with her voice; she really can bring a lyric alive. My absolute highest recommendation without reservation.

  6. Review by david finck
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    I believe that the most important quality that a singer must have is ‘a sense of balance’; the ability to never sacrifice the music for the lyrics or vice versa. Additionally, a singer must have character and personality while at the same time never making herself more important than the song she is singing. I have found Alexis Cole to be one of these rare vocalists. I have hired Alexis to sing my original songs on my last two CDs and her tracks have gotten wonderful reviews and airplay. She offers a great sound, great rhythm, and a natural sense of musical and lyrical phrases.

  7. Review by Arranger for Hire
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    Alexis is one of the greats, really easy to work with from a producer's point of view, communicative, responsive, and quick turn top-quality work.
    She's new to SoundBetter - our working relationship dates back prior to her appearance here - she'll be a great asset to the SoundBetter community.

Interview with Alexis Cole

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I had a gig at Smoke Jazz Club in NYC, and my friend from CA, bari sax player Aaron Lington was on the gig. I let Aaron do one of his originals in the middle of the set. A lyricist friend of mine was at the show and asked Aaron if he could write lyrics to the song. They collaborated, and asked me to sing the finished piece. That song - The Bad With the Good is on my website at www.alexiscole.com/music I'm so proud that I fostered that collaboration and was able to bring the song to fruition.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I've been working with producer Jon Burr on the repertoire of a wonderful female writer's songs to her family. They're lovely and I'm so inspired!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Producer Jon Burr is great at taking your melody and making it into a full production.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: We'll work on the track until you're in love with it.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Making people happy, and helping bring people's creative vision to life. I believe we're all innately creative, and a lot of the semi pro and amateur writers I work with are brilliant and haven't had the opportunities that professional artists get. I love to give their work professional quality.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Yes.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: Haha, many people when you tell them you're a singer, they say, no, I mean, what do you Do? I've been a professional singer for 25 years, and I'm so lucky and happy that this can be my work.

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Fall in love with her voice

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: mortar, pestle, flint, ukulele, and a wonderbag. I'm very practical :)

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I went to college for music, then worked a few day jobs and music teaching while I ramped up my performance career. I did a few contracts in a quartet on a cruise ship, then in a lounge in Japan, then I joined a big band in the Army for 7 years. Now, I'm the head of the Jazz Vocal program at SUNY Purchase College in NY, and I've been touring and recording exclusively for almost 20 years.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Classic Jazz Vocals

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: I'm dying to work with my father, pianist and composer Mark Finkin. We're working on a project of cataloging his songs to get ready for some comprehensive recordings. Although working at a very high level, he had a day job until his retirement a few years ago, so we're really trying to get his music to the front burner and produce all his songs.

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: Songs can be pitched in a slightly lower key for recording than for performance. I like to record things in a key a whole or half step down from where I would generally want to perform it, because there's no live band to cut over, and I'm able to get a smokier more intimate sound in a lower key.

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: Great American Songbook style songs

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Lyric interpretation, and good pitch. I studied Indian Classical singing, and learned a little about microtonal singing, which made me very aware of my pitch at every moment.

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: A lifetime of experience and experiences.

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: Learn the song, ask the composer or producer questions, track, ask for feedback, track again til everyone's happy.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I prefer to put tracks in my headphones and record directly to my Zoom Q8 stereo xy mic. The quality is great. I can also go in to my laptop with the Apogee Duet and my Shure KSM 9.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: I'm so inspired when I think of how Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra brought so many songs to life. They were getting hundreds of new songs a year to learn and record, and they didn't have the luxury of the technology we have now.

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: My clients usually write songs or lyrics. They give me a lead sheet and I learn the song and record the vocal over a track that they've prepared. I can also play a scratch piano part for them.

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Alexis Cole, Blues for All Us

I was the composer and vocalist in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Judy Collins
  • Diana Krall
Gear Highlights
  • Zoom Q8 Stereo Capsule mic tracking up to 96kHz/24bit
  • Shure KSM 9 mic with Apogee Duet
  • Sibelius
  • Finale
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  • When in isolation...make a booth!Mar 28, 2020

    Like many touring musicians, I'm home, with all my shows cancelled. Luckily I'm able to continue my teaching online, and my spring shows have been rescheduled. A producer friend asked me to do a few tracks for him. He told me about this site, and I'm happy to be part of this wonderful place where dreams come true! I know how satisfying it is to have your music brought to life. #silverlinings