Colette, great Dutch jazz singer, with a warm & sensuous voice.
Review 2005: '… She has a voice like a luxuriously upholstered bridal suite. Pleasant, sumptuous, warm. Complete with exciting nooks and soft carpets in subdued shades. Colette Wickenhagen, one of the shiners of Amersfoort jazz, blossomed into the complete jazz diva with her elastic timbre, almost unlimited technique, playful improvisations, penetrating interpretation of the lyrics and remarkable radiation.
(UTRECHTS NIEUWSBLAD / Jeroen de Valk)
'... Still, while performing she gives a lot more than just a professional show; she gives herself. That enormous physical expressiveness, the willingness to throw herself deeply into a song, the art of swingingly taking in tow a full concert hall, is part of her being. From the top of her head to the tip of her toes she ís music....' (Jan Rensen.)
1990 - Won the Polaroid Award & Soloist Award
1992 - Won the Breukelen Jazz Award
1994 1st solo cd: 'the Kick of the Blues' was brought out and later that year she also sang on the Big Band Nijmegen cd: 'Retrospective'.
1994 toured through Bahrain and Kenya.
1997 2002 & 2004 performed with the Royal Dutch Airforce Orchestra in Holland, Germany & Spain with a jazz project and in Holland + Germany with a Brazilian project.
2000 guest on the cd 'Swing Time!' from the band Captains of Mainstream.
2001 guest on the cd 'Summer Sessions 2001'.
2002 guest on the cd 'A Living Legend' from the saxophone legend Harry Verbeke.
2003 a new solo cd with Clous van Mechelen playing the saxophone: “Songs for Sale”, BMCD 341.
2007 sang in Russia at an International Vocal Jazz Festival “Jazz Voices” in Moscow and Tver.
2009 latest CD Just Friends Jammin’ with Clous van Mechelen, Saskia Laroo, Rinus Groeneveld, Michael Gustorff, Frits Kaatee, Hans Kwakkernaat, Wiro Mahieu and Ben Schröder.
2009 15th International Jazz Festival “Jazz Voices” in Moscow, Russian Federation.