Madeline Eastman has built her reputation as a bold and original interpreter of the jazz canon. Eastman, according to a broad consensus in the jazz press, belongs to that select group of living singers who are actual jazz musicians as well. Renowned for her wit and unpredictable stream-of-conciseness musical point of view, the LA Times called her “a consummate, inventive, endlessly entertaining artist at work.” Downbeat Magazine said “she is one of the most technically accomplished and soulful vocalists in jazz.”
She has repeatedy been voted “Rising Star” Female Jazz Vocalist in DownBeat International Critics Poll (four times), and has been voted one of the Top Female Jazz Vocalists in DownBeat International Readers Poll. She has produced and recorded eight critically acclaimed CDs featuring such luminaries as Tony Williams, Cedar Walton, Phil Woods and Kenny Barron. Barron also joined Madeline on her upcoming album “The Abstract Truth” recorded in Amsterdam with the famed 50-piece Metropole Orchestra. Madeline has been Artistic Director for Jazz Camp West for 24 years.
She developed and directs the Vocal Department for Stanford Jazz Institute since it’s inception 23 years ago, she designed a similar program in Glasgow, Scotland. Mad developed and directs her own program the VoiceShop Retreats (since 1995) and developed her one-on-one mentor program, Artist2Artist. Madeline’s past teachings include a two-year stint as Artist in Residence for Berkeley’s California Jazz Institute (formerly the Jazz School), an eight-year residencey with the Brubeck Jazz Colony, twelve years as the sole vocal clinician for The Monterey Jazz Festivals Traveling Clinicians Program and has taught and lectured all over the world including Finland, Scotland, Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and more.