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


A NZSM Masters graduate, Trudy Lile is a talented and versatile musician and has been a much loved artist teacher at NZSM Albany Campus, with a diverse background that includes the competitive world of orchestral classical flute, and performances and recordings in a variety of genres, from jazz, Latin, to world music.

She performs and teaches all aspects of jazz, popular and classical music, making good use of her wide range of musical skills, as a soloist, band leader, side-person, section player, vocalist, pianist, arranger and effective communicator. Highly regarded as an educator, Trudy has five times been awarded Lecturer of the Year by the NZSM Albany Campus students.

Trudy is a jazz flutist and vocalist based in Auckland, New Zealand, who has been seen entertaining audiences around New Zealand at jazz festivals form Whangarei to Queenstown since 2000. Highlights include a sell out concert at The National Jazz Festival in Tauranga 2007, as well as popular performances in 2012 at the Mission Bay Festival, Waiheke Jazz Festival 2011, Taste Auckland 2010/2011, the Oratia Jungle Festival 2011and the Titirangi Festival 2019/2011, Bloom Festival 2012, and her debut performance at an Australian jazz festival at Magnetic Island in north Queensland, in August 2011 and 2012.

She graduated with MMus from New Zealand School of Music in 2009, where she now teaches. In 2012 Trudy appeared at a concert performance at the invitation of renowned US saxophonists Bennie Maupin, (Herbie Hancock - Headhunters) and Dick Oatts (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), as well as a performance for his Excellency The Archbishop of Canterbury, and being flown to the Caribbean to perform on the exclusive luxury ship, The World.

As well as being musical director and vocalist with The Sisters of Swing, a tribute to the Andrews Sisters, Trudy has also recorded and performed as featured soloist with the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, The Rodger Fox Big Band, Rodger Fox’s Funkbone Experience,  The Jazz Divas, Black Sand Diva, Andy Atwill, Jon Sanders, Whirimako Black (2009 Jazz album of the Year), Ishtar, Teremoana Rapley/King Kapisi, Dave Gibson, Many Hands (tour of Korea 2000), and most recently appeared on the soundtrack of New Zealand film, Mt Zion 2013. In 2008 she was toured with The New Zealand School of Music Big Band on the Miles Ahead tour and was part of the sold out Chick Corea Tribute Concert at The National Jazz Festival in Tauranga 2009, and the Made in NZ concert in 2010 (both of which were recorded by Concert FM).

Trudy has a busy teaching schedule at New Zealand School of Music Albany campus, and was the first jazz flutist in New Zealand to complete her Masters of Music in jazz performance.

Trudy has released two albums. Ristretto (July 2004) was described by New Zealand Musician Magazine “one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.” Well Dressed Standards (2009) is available on iTunes, Digirama, and, and has been on the playlist of Air New Zealand International flights.

Trudy is well known for her passionate performances, and well-arranged expansive repertoire. The music features great vocal arrangements and songs from the American Songbook, by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, along with exciting original compositions with infectious jazz grooves. Trudy is influenced by vocal greats Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, and contemporary artists such as Dianne Reeves, Anne-Hampton-Calloway, Gretchen Parlato and Rachael Price.

Trudy performs with some of New Zealand’s most professional and exquisite musicians. The music is fresh and sophisticated and energetic, with an interactive blend of great things jazz, Latin,with warm infectious groove delivered with plenty of cheek.

Trudy studied classical flute performance with Nancy Luther-Jara and Dr Alexa Still, and graduated from Victoria University in 1991. She then won the associate Principal Flute chair with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Trudy was one of four finalists in the inaugural Young Artists competition, at the New Zealand Flute Convention in 1992. IN 1994 Trudy went to Victoria Vancouver to study with Bonita Boyd (Flute Professor Eastman School of Music, NY).

Trudy’s principal teachers include Dr Alexa Still, Nancy Luther-Jara, Jim Langabeer, Rodger Fox, Lauren Mitchell, Kathryn McGready, Caitlin Smith, Cheryl McLeay, and Robin Hill.

Masterclasses Trudy has participated in include with flutists Michel Debost, Susan Milan, Richard Rodney Bennett, Paula Robison, as well as jazz artists Tom Warrington, Larry Koonse, Joe Le Barbara, Ali Ryerson, Holly Hofmann, Jeff Rupert, Bob Mintzer, Bill Reichenbach, and Bill Cunliffe.

In 2004 Trudy was awarded The Massey University Cultural Award, for recognition of achievements on a national and regional level.

Trudy’s diverse musical background includes being a regular performer with Vitamin S, improvised music collective.

In addition to two of her own studio albums Trudy has also recorded on:

The Auckland Jazz Orchestra - Darkly Dreaming (2015)

Mt Zion Soundtrack (New Zealand Film) (2013)

Jon SandersTwigs of the Neem Tree (2011)

Black sand diva – Chameleon (2009)

Whirimako Black  - Sings – (2008) Winner of The NZ jazz album of the year award

The Jazz DivasCharmed Life (2007)

Ishta Ishta (2007)

The Rodger Fox Big Band  - Kiwi Pops Songs (2008)


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