Wesla Whitfield is a remarkable singer, with a deep love for that rich storehouse of musical treasures often identified as The Great American Popular Songbook.
Wesla has been developing her skills and learning her demanding craft for a number of years – by her own estimate, it’s been ever since she knew at age two-and-a-half that she would grow up to be a singer. Her sound and approach place her somewhere in the intriguing area that borders on both jazz and that aspect of pop music which draws its material largely from the great standards and neglected gems of such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and Rodgers and Hart.
With her husband/pianist/arranger, Mike Greensill, Wesla performs annually throughout the country. Together Mike and Wesla have opened at Michigan’s Meadowbrook, New Jersey’s Garden State Art Center and Flint Center in Cupertino. Her solo symphonic appearances include two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony as well as San Jose, Sacramento, Omaha, Stockton, Napa, Auburn, Concord Pavilion, Santa Rosa, Peninsula and California Symphonies.
Wesla has appeared twice on Garrison Keillor’s national show, “Prairie Home Companion”, singing with the legendary trumpeter, the late Joe Wilder, on ‘Weekend Edition’ with Susan Stamberg, ‘On Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, on All Things Considered’ with Robert Siegel, and the highly revered Marian McPartland PBS ‘Piano Jazz’ series.
Their twenty-two recordings have received rave reviews from Jazz Times and many other national publications. The October 2005 issue of Oprah Magazine hailed Wesla as “a phenomenal woman.”. Their latest CD, recorded in May of 2011 during their annual run at the ‘Feinstein’s’ in San Francisco, is titled “Best Thing For You – Live from the Rrazz Room” and was released in November 2011.