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Nina Moffitt '09, voice


Nina Moffitt of Brooklyn, New York, is primarily a jazz vocalist who uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. Moffitt began to integrate diverse musical influences at an early age through collaborations with her father, pianist Peter Moffitt, and through learning the music of such legends as Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter, and Joni Mitchell.

Moffitt attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts, where she studied classical, gospel, and jazz voice, and new music composition. In 2005, she was granted an honorary mention from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in the category of jazz voice. She sang with the All City Jazz Band at Lincoln Center, and performed with singer-songwriter Josh Groban at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and on ABC's Good Morning America.

Moffitt received her degree with honors in cultural and linguistic anthropology at Oberlin College, where she also studied music at the conservatory with Wendell Logan, Paul Samuels, Marcus Belgrave, Peter Dominguez, Robert Ferrazza, and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Manz.

In January 2010, her group, the Nina Moffitt Quintet, released a short album entitled Where I Have Been, independently produced by Alexander Overington '11, and featuring arrangements of music by Ravi Coltrane, George and Ira Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn, and singer-songwriter-harpist Joanna Newsom. Moffitt currently resides in New York City, where she performs with her group, featuring Kyle Wilson, Rafiq Bhatia '10, Jackson Hill '10, and Kassa Overall '05.

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