A native New Yorker, Liz Childs started singing early in school and in church, and she began her jazz education with the flute, at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she studied with a member of the Cecil Taylor Jazz Ensemble. Her interest in further exploring jazz and improvised singing was sparked when she was chosen to participate in a workshop with a theatre group led by avant guard theatre director Jerzy Grotowski. Drawing parallels between vocal improvisation and the improvised theatre pieces he created with ritualized movement, the forward thinking Polish director inspired Liz to embark on a search for her own voice. She won a scholarship to create the first Jazz Vocal Performance degree at Hunter College, and after graduating, began working as a singer accompanying herself on piano. She won a scholarship to study at the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium, and immersed herself in the music of the great American songbook.
Discovering a voice is only the beginning of the process of creation, the rest comes from the work - in Childs’ case, 25 years of honing her vocal and piano skills in venues from St Barth’s to the Adirondacks, Ceasar’s Palace to Saratoga, the Rainbow Room to the Hampton’s, Windows on the World to the West Indies.
Today Childs splits her time between Litchfield, Ct., where she frequently teaches public school kids to create and perform songs based on their own poetry, and NYC, where her regular performances at the city’s jazz spots was summed up by the vocal legend Margaret Whiting in two words: