Netherlands-born singer Wilma Baan explores a wide variety of genres in her latest album, including swing, ballads, and bossa nova.
Wilma Baan, an experienced jazz singer, medic, and parent, has released her second album since her early vocal debuts in prestigious European venues in the 1980s. The album, titled “Look At Me Now!”, showcases her love for the Great American Songbook and her personal renaissance as a singer.
The album offers a blend of well-known standards and original interpretations, with engaging performances by a talented ensemble led by British pianist Graham Harvey. Spirited guest appearances include guitarist Nigel Price, vibraphonist Nat Steele, flugelhornist James McMillan, and percussionist Tristan Banks.
Baan’s passion for music began at a young age, as her parents exposed her to a wide array of musical genres. Over the years, she has developed a deep appreciation for American Broadway and jazz songs, which she likens to “jewels in a treasure-trove”.
Baan faced a significant setback when she was diagnosed with sensorineural deafness in the 1980s, which affected her vocal pitching and forced her to halt her singing career for over a decade. However, with the advent of digital hearing aids in 1996, she was able to resume singing and continue pursuing her passion for music.
Wilma Baan’s “Look At Me Now!” was released on July 28th, in collaboration with ECN Music. She will be launching the album at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, on July 31st.