New York City, New York, USA

Imagine Ella Fitzgerald riding her bicycle downhill in a ball gown and flip-flops... That's the kind of joy and improvisation we bring to music! Combining jazz and pop, elizabeth! writes songs that tell stories... and delivers them as though speaking only to you!


Vocalist and trombonist elizabeth! (Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen) is a native of Woodstock, Vermont. Since graduating from Harvard in 2000, she has been based in Brooklyn, New York, where she maintains an active touring and recording schedule.

She has played and recorded music with jazz musicians (Matt Wilson, Kenny Wollesen, Chris Potter), indie rockers (St. Vincent, Escort, The Silent League, Jill Sobule), and pop stars (Michael Bolton), and has had the opportunity through music to travel the world.

She has studied with Phil Wilson, Sheila Jordan, JD Walter, Michael Philip Mossman, and Antonio Hart – most through the curriculum at Queens College, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance in 2006.

elizabeth! has led her own groups around the country, including at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also an active teacher and clinician, and a member of the all-female horn section The Sugarhorns. Her latest project, a full-length album of original jazzy pop tunes, is due out in 2011.

She is an endorsing artist for Getzen 3508R Custom trombones, and wears sequins as much as possible!


Brainchildren, 2011
hot & silver, 2008

Set List

Jazzy pop originals:

- Santiago Sunrise
- Three
- On the Ferris Wheel
- Memphis Mix-Up

Mixed with great American Songbook standards:

- L-O-V-E
- Night and Day
- All of Me
- Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
- You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
- Lady Be Good

And more!