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Bobbi Wilsyn
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Bobbi Wilsyn

Bobbi Wilsyn

Senior Lecturer

Coordinator of Vocal Performance and Choral Ensembles
Email: bwilsyn@colum.edu

Bobbi Wilsyn has sung on stages from Las Vegas to Atlantic City and at local and international jazz festivals from Illinois to Italy. Wilsyn’s theatre studies at California State Los Angeles prepared her for roles in the musicals Beehive, Sophisticated Ladies, and It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues to name a few. She has directed Columbia College Chicago’s musical productions of Duke Ellington’s, Black, Brown and Beige, and The Ugly Duckling and was the Musical/Choral Director for the Columbia College Theatre department’s productions of Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Godspell.  Most recently, Wilsyn was the Artistic Director and featured vocalist in I’ll Take You There: Homage to Blues and Gospel which was produced by the Music Department.

Under the direction of its most recent artistic directors, Jon Faddis and Dana Hall, Wilsyn has been featured with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble continuing a relationship started by the ensemble’s late founder, William Russo.  She has performed with such jazz greats as Ramsey Lewis, Eldee Young, Von Freeman, James Moody, Buddy DeFranco, Johnny Griffin, Corky Siegel, Joe Levano, and Johnny Frigo. She has sung her original compositions with the multi-media performance ensemble, Cerqua-Riviera Dance Theater and the all-female jazz combo, SHE.

Bobbi Wilsyn joins jazz singer, Kurt Elling, on the romantic ballad, “Midnight in Bahia” with the Orbert Davis Quintet on the CD, Priority.  The CJE CD recordings, Kenton Ala Russo and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and Thommy Gunther’s Taste of Chicago, recorded live at the Tubingen Jazz Fest in Germany, and Bobbi Wilsyn’s own CD, It’s About Time, demonstrate Wilsyn’s multi-faceted song stylizations. Her CD features some of Chicago’s own great jazz musicians, pianist Miguel de la Cerna; bassist Jim Cox; guitarists Curtis Robinson and the late Frank Dawson; drummer Frank Parker Jr.; and saxophonist Pat Mallinger.

Wilsyn’s one-woman shows span the gamut from tributes to famous ladies of jazz to musical theater cabaret.  Appreciative audiences abroad have applauded Wilsyn's most recent performances with Symphonic Jazz International in collaboration with conductor, Richard Dunscomb, and pianist/arranger, Thomas Gunther.

For more information: www.Bobbiwilsyn.com

Photo credit: Renee Gooch