“Yet, none of her background information prepares you for the sumptuous sounds this beautiful lady produces.
She is definitely of star quality. A big hand for the little lady.”
Grady Harp The Amazon Reviewer
Jazz vocalist, songwriter and poetess Ana Velinova has inspired audiences around the globe with her wide range arstistic talents. With a repertoire extending from her own original songs to Ellington, Jobim or Stravinsky Ana is equally comfortable in the world of jazz, classical and musical theater. She has shared the stage with world-renowned musicinas including Bob Moses, Neil Swainson, Don Thompson, Marc Seales, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Willard Dyson, Jeff Johnson to name a few.
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Ana Velinova has lived and performed in major North American cities since 1993. During her years in New York City she explored the avant-garde music and arts scene and formed the eclectic "free jazz" band Ensemble Gergana. In 2006, she moved to Canada upon an invitation to help establish the vocal wing of the Jazz Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in the position of Head-Vocal Jazz Instructor and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Conductor.
A highlight of Velinova’s 2018 season is the upcoming release of her sixth album entitled Could It Be. This new project features a team of award winning Canadian and US musicians: Phil Dwyer on sax, Miles Black on piano, Rene Worst on bass, Willard Dyson on drums and a guest performance by Brad Turner on trumpet.
Ana has revived vigorous critical acclaim for her previous albums: The Thief 2014 Remix which had the esteemed recognition of reaching #10 on the CMJ Top 40 US Jazz Chart and the Earshot (Canadian) National Jazz Charts in 2014 and December Wishing which reached #7 on the CMJ top 40 Jazz charts in 2015 finding its place among a list of jazz legends.
Ana holds a Master's Degree in Jazz & Contemporary-Classical Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music in Boston, undergraduate studies in Vocal Jazz from MIT - Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and a Diploma in classical Guitar from the National Music School in Bulgaria. Post graduate she has studied voice with world-renowned classical/opera divas: Mrs. Stefka Evstatieva and Mrs. Lucy Shelton.