Fay Victor

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Fay Victor
Fay Victor 2016 (Annamarie Ursula) P1210950.jpg
Victor performing in 2016 in Cologne, Germany
Background information
Born (1965-07-26) July 26, 1965 (age 53)[1][2]
Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, lyricist
LabelsESP Disk, Greene Ave Music, Timeless Records, ArtistShare

Fay Victor (July 26, 1965)[1][2] is an American musician, composer, lyricist and educator. Originally a singer in the traditional jazz field, she has been working in jazz, blues, opera, free improvising, avant-garde, modern classical music, and occasional acting since re-settling in New York in 2003.

Early life and career[edit]

Victor was born in Brooklyn, New York City.[3] After spending her early childhood years in New York, Zambia, and Trinidad & Tobago, her mother settled in Long island, NY, where Victor spent her teenage years.[4] After her mother's sudden death,[1] Victor re-discovered music and singing, and after a 3-month stint at a club in Fukui City, Japan with pianist Bertha Hope, she decided to start a career as a jazz singer.[5] In 1996, Victor settled in Amsterdam, The Netherlands[6] and performed and toured through the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Russia, and India.[7] While living in the Netherlands, Victor branched out into blues, songwriting, and forms of improvising outside the standard jazz canon. Victor has lived in NYC since 2003. She has worked with the likes of Randy Weston, Roswell Rudd, Anthony Braxton, Misha Mengelberg, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Wadada Leo Smith, Nicole Mitchell, Marc Ribot, Martine Syms, Daniel Carter, William Parker, Darius Jones, Wolter Wierbos, Ab Baars, Joe Morris, Sam Newsome, Reggie Nicholson.

Victor's work has been reviewed in The New York Times,[8][9] Jazz Times,[10][11] and Down Beat.[12][13][14][15]


Victor has coined the term "freesong" to describe her vocal approach.[1][4] In her jazz repertoire, Victor has specialized in the work of Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and Herbie Nichols.[4][16]


Victor is co-director of the TalkRace forum[17] and is a member of the "We Have Voice" collective.[18][19][20]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

Title Artist Year Label
In My Own Room Fay Victor 1998 Timeless Records[21]
Darker Than Blue Fay Victor 2001 Timeless Records[22]
Should We Do This Again? Fay Victor 1995 Groovie Sound
Lazy Old Sun Fay Victor 2004 Greene Ave Music[23]
Wet Robots SoundNoiseFUNK 2018 ESP Disk[24]
Kaiso Stories Other Dimensions In Music with Fay Victor 2010 Silkheart[25]
Absinthe & Vermouth Fay Victor Ensemble 2013 Greene Ave Music
The FreeSong Suite Fay Victor Ensemble 2009 Greene Ave Music
Cartwheels Through The Cosmos Fay Victor Ensemble 2007 ArtistShare[26]
Bare The Exposed Blues Duo (with Anders Nilsson) 2010 Greene Ave Music[27]
New York/Sankt Johann ReDDeer (with Elisabeth Harnik & Dominic Lash) 2017 Evil Rabbit[28]

As featured artist/sideperson[edit]

Title Artist Year Label
West Coast Blues Gregor Hilden 1998 Acoustic Music Records[29]
Aces of Swing: A Tribute to the Music of John Kirby & Charlie Shavers Robert Veen Sextet 1996 Basta Basta[30]
Trombone For Lovers Roswell Rudd 2013 Sunnyside[31]
Embrace Roswell Rudd 2017 Rare Noise Records[32]
The Invisible Blow Ab Baars Trio + NY guests 2014 Stichting Wig[33]
Trillium E Anthony Braxton 2011 New Braxton House[34]
Glorious Ravage Liza Mezzacappa 2017 New World Records[35]
The Jazz Lounge Trio Meets... Jazz Lounge Trio 2000 Laika Records[36]
Songs of Resistance - 1942-2018 Marc Ribot 2018


  1. ^ a b c d Giving Birth To Sound. Koln, Germany: Buddy's Knife. 2015. pp. 248–253. ISBN 978-3-00-049279-2.
  2. ^ a b Jazz, All About. "Fay Victor @ All About Jazz". All About Jazz Musicians. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Ratliff, Ben (June 10, 2010). "CareFusion, Vision, Undead and Other Jazz Fests". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Fay Victor gives free rein to jazz vocals". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Fay Victor | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Fay Victor Opening New Doors". Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Biography – Fay Victor". fayvictor.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Chinen, Nate (August 27, 2010). "Abbey Lincoln's Style Influences New Set of Recordings". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Ratliff, Ben (October 7, 2009). "New Works by Shrinebuilder, Fay Victor, Coati Mundi, Francesco Cafiso and Junk Culture". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Fay Victor Ensemble: Absinthe & Vermouth". JazzTimes. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Other Dimensions in Music featuring Fay Victor: Kaiso Stories". JazzTimes. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Winter Jazzfest Gilded with Guitarists and Vocalists". Down Beat. January 17, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Roswell Rudd Feted at 82nd Birthday Bash". Down Beat. November 28, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Downbeat 1403 Digital Edition" (PDF). Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "DownBeat Reviews". Down Beat. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sound It Out: "20 Questions" #2 — Fay Victor". Sound It Out!. September 15, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "FAY VICTOR / TYSHAWN SOREY". CACOPHONY. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "we have voice". wehavevoice.org. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Women Fighting Sexism in Jazz Have a Voice. And Now, a Code of Conduct". The New York Times. April 30, 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "A Map to the Line, And How Not To Cross It: A Code Of Conduct For The Performing Arts". NPR. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  21. ^ "Jazz is Timeless Records – Fay Victor – In My Own Room". timelessjazz.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  22. ^ "Jazz is Timeless Records – Fay Victor – Darker Than Blue". timelessjazz.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  23. ^ "Lazy Old Sun, by Fay Victor". Fay Victor. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  24. ^ "ESP-Disk'". espdisk.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  25. ^ "Silkheart Records presents the New American Jazz". silkheart.se. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  26. ^ "Cartwheels Through The Cosmos, by The Fay Victor Ensemble". The Fay Victor Ensemble. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  27. ^ "Bare, by Exposed Blues Duo". Exposed Blues Duo. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  28. ^ "err26: new york – st. johann – reddeer | Evil Rabbit Records". evilrabbitrecords.eu. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  29. ^ "Gregor Hilden Feat. Fay Victor – Westcoast Blues". discogs. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  30. ^ Aces of swing – Robert Veen – Muziekweb (in Dutch), retrieved March 25, 2018
  31. ^ "Trombone For Lovers, by Roswell Rudd". Sunnyside Records. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  32. ^ "RareNoiseRecords – rudd-victor-harris-filiano". RareNoiseRecords. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  33. ^ Kappers, Arjan. "Ab Baars – discography". stichtingwig.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  34. ^ "Trillium E, by Anthony Braxton". New Braxton House. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  35. ^ "New World Records: Album Details". newworldrecords.org. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  36. ^ "cdpressemeets". muenster.org. Retrieved March 25, 2018.

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