Bobbi Wilsyn is a singer, actress, educator and motivational speaker.
Wilsyn’s Musical Theatre studies at California State Los Angeles prepared her for roles in the musicals
Beehive, Sophisticated Ladies, and It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues to name a few. She is presently a
Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago and is the Voice Studies Coordinator in the Music
Department. Ms. Wilsyn has performed and coached jazz singers at regional, national, and international Jazz
festivals and Jazz camps in Canada, Korea, Italy, Sicily, Germany, and Sardinia.
Under the direction of artistic directors, Jon Faddis and Dana Hall, and its founder, the late William Russo,
Wilsyn was the featured vocalist with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble for many years.
In addition to Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra, with whom she recently performed a Tribute to Nancy
Wilson, Ms. Wilsyn has sung with Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Richard Dunscomb’s
Symphonic Jazz International, The Italian Jazz Band, and the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra. She has shared
stages with many jazz and blues performers such as Ramsey Lewis, Corky Siegel, Milt Trenier, Joe Levano,
and the late-greats; Eldee Young, Von Freeman, James Moody, Buddy DeFranco, Johnny Griffin, Lonnie
Brooks, Gerald Wilson and Johnny Frigo. Her original compositions have been performed with the multi-
media performance ensemble, Cerqua-Riviera Dance Theater and the all-female jazz combo, SHE which
Wilsyn founded in 1998.
The duet performance with jazz singer, Kurt Elling, on the romantic ballad, Midnight in Bahia with the Orbert
Davis Quintet (featured on the CD, Priority), the CJE CD recordings, Kenton Ala Russo and The Chicago Jazz
Ensemble, Thommy Gunther’s Taste of Chicago (recorded live at the Tubingen Jazz Fest in Germany) and
Bobbi Wilsyn’s own CD, It’s About Time, all demonstrate Wilsyn’s multi-faceted voice stylizations. Her CD
features some of Chicago’s own fabulous jazz musicians, pianist, Miguel de la Cerna; bassist, Jim Cox;
guitarists, Curtis Robinson and the late Frank Dawson; drummer, Frank Parker Jr., and saxophonist, Pat
Currently, Wilsyn performs with her jazz quintet, Bobbi Wilsyn & Co., Joan Collasso’s, The Eleven Jazzy
Divas, and has been featured with Harold Morrison & Company, the Eric Hochberg Trio, and as a Sunday
soloist at area churches.