Theo Bleckmann is an award-winning new music vocalist, and jazz singer and composer. As his recordings, commissions, performances, collaborations, and original work in film and theater attest, he cannot be claimed (or contained) by any one genre or tradition.
Though his earliest musical influences included the music of the Great American Songbook, Bleckmann didn't set out to be a singer; he trained as an ice dancer in his native Germany before shifting his focus to music. After meeting his mentor, jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan, at a workshop in 1989, he moved to New York and became an integral part of its music, theater, and performance scenes. His first recording, Theo & Kirk (with pianist Kirk Nurock), appeared in 1992. He has cut subsequent duo sets with guitarist Ben Monder and worked extensively in a variety of settings with drummer John Hollenbeck. He also recorded with Jordan on 1999's Jazz Child.