Trudy Lile – jazz vocalist, jazz flutist, performer, educator, composer


Trudy Lile

Her vocal style has been described as: “beautifully chosen songs and a wonderfully fearless performer” - John Hoffman, trumpet (Woody Herman Band) .

“Trudy’s outstanding flute playing had the crowd wanting more” - The Auckland Jazz and Blues Club’s Winter Concert Series at The Auckland Art Gallery.

Trudy Lile Quartet @ CJC 2014 - review by John Fenton

"Trudy Lile is always in demand whether it’s cruise liner gigs, winery gigs or bar and club gigs.  Last night she was at the CJC with Kevin Field on piano, Cameron McArthur on bass and Ron Samsom drums.   This particular quartet is a regular lineup for Lile and it is hardly surprising.  Musicians like this are a gift to a leader, as each of them has pulling power, but they operate as a high functioning unit when together.   Lile is also an energetic and engaging performer and the enthusiasm she radiates is always evident in her music.

As a singer/flutist Lile often favours standards or latin material, as these suit voice and flute so well.   She still surprises though with appealing lessor known tunes or sometimes popular tunes which lend themselves to wider explorations under her coaxing.  She is keen on finding new standards from the latter and we often hear material from sources not usually tapped by improvising musicians.   This use of popular material is becoming more commonplace and another recent example of this was Benny Lackner opening with a number from the latest Bowie album.   Lile also brought some interesting new compositions to the gig.     

The clubs audience numbers could have been better during the last month, perhaps they were saving for the festival,  but Lile being a true professional worked the room and fed off the interaction.   She has an abundance of charm, humorous banter and above all musicality.   The band responded to her lead with enthusiasm, amping up their performances to match hers.   Kevin Field is the sort of pianist who understands the accompanists role, comping sparingly at times and launching into heart stopping solos at others with McArthur and Samsom responding to each nuance."  


Trudy Lile @CJC 2013 - review by John Fenton

“Trudy Lile has unerring radar when it comes to locating tunes from the lessor known jazz lexicon. Tunes that she skilfully transforms into glowing vibrant flute friendly arrangements. Her choice of ‘Steppin Out’ is a good example. Kurt Elling recently sung this wonderful (but difficult) Joe Jackson tune on his ‘At The Gate’ album. Not only was it a great choice and well executed but her new lineup rose to the occasion; giving her all the support she needed and more.

Trudy Lile last performed at the CJC about 8 months ago and she had a different line-up then. Last Wednesday she had assembled a particularly solid rhythm section in Alan Brown (piano), Cameron McArthur (bass) and Ron Samsom (drums). Trudy is often adventurous in her choice of material, mixing reworked standards, originals and virtually unknown tunes scavenged from interesting nooks and crannies. On Wednesday she held to this course and it paid off. This band was the perfect foil for Trudy and she took full advantage of it.”


Mojave – Ristretto “… one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.”
- - New Zealand Musician Magazine 2004

“Pete McGregor Music (Entertainment Agents) regularly employ Trudy Lile and Mojave. Feedback from our clients after performances has always been very favourable, because Mojave use flexible band sizes from duo to quintet they are able to adapt to many client scenarios. Trudy is a vibrant and interesting entertainer who throws herself into each performance, this enjoyment is infectious and a great crowd pleaser. She is also a very professional bandleader in her contact with our clients and handling their specific requirements. I have no hesitation in recommending Trudy Lile and Mojave.”
--Pete McGregor

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