The Celia Faye Collective

The Celia Faye Collective


Jazz and Blues with a Southern Twist


"Nice voice, "girlish" & all-grown-up simultanoeusly."
-Mark Keresman, SF Weekly

You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl. Just ask anyone she meets. Celia, a vocalist and saxophone player of 18+ years found her voice in jazz and blues at a young age. A diverse and dynamic front woman, Celia Faye leads audiences on a journey through her very own soul. Celia's sound represents her life's experiences- Southern roots of deep blues and jazz- a Midwestern tour of Chicago Blues and Jazz legends, a take on popular music like no other.

“I didn’t discover my passion for the blues until after I left the south. Living in the Midwest gave me some perspective about where I came from and who I am. The blues instantly became a natural means of expression.”

Celia Faye performs regularly in Milwaukee and Madison's surrounding communities with her trio "The Celia Faye Collective" which features Ryan Meisel on tenor and James Galasinski on Bass. Celia looks to perform in more festivals and larger music venues in the months to come. She was recently featured in the fourth anniversary show of Milwaukee's Chick Singer Night at Caroline's Jazz and Blues.

Celia is also an active music educator, sharing the gift of music with students of all ages.

Recent Accomplishments:
Featured in Milwaukee's Chick Singer Night, Feb 2009.

In May of 2008 Celia received her Masters degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University.

Awarded Outstanding Soloist, 2008 UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

"Tenorist Celia Whiren shines, her deep-toned muscular horn getting in touch with her inner Dexter Gordon..."

"Celia Whiren, also a fine mainstream hard-bopper, has a most distinctive sound on tenor -- while influences of Rollins, Ammons, Getz, and Dewey Redman can be heard/felt, she's woven and subsumed these influences completely into her own style."


"Motion" Ryan Meisel Collective
"Method to the Madness" Method to the Madness Creative Music Ensemble
Celia Faye and the Blues Highway

Set List

On sax and/or vocals:
Original Compositions and arrangements of listed tunes
The Days of Wine and Roses
Bemsha Swing,
Recorda Me;
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,
The Jobim Songbook,
Autumn Leaves,
Billies Bounce,
Trane's Slo Blues,
Red Clay,
Witch Hunt,
Body and Soul,
You Don't Know What Love Is,
Just Squeeze Me,
West Coast Blues,
In a sentimental mood,
my one and only love,
wee dot

Blues Band:

Love Me Like a Man,
Voodoo Woman,
Wang Dang Doodle,
Backwater Blues,
Rock Me Right,
It Hurt So Bad,
I'm A Woman