Rachel Azbell

Rachel Azbell


Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Studies

Dieterle Vocal Arts Cntr

CCM Ensembles & Conducting - 0003

Professional Summary

​Jazz vocalist and educator Rachel Azbell infuses her unique style into standards, paying homage to inspirations like Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson. Based in Columbus, Ohio, she regularly performs with groups such as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and her own Rachel Azbell Quintet, performing at notable venues including Natalie’s - Grandview, the Ginger Rabbit, Caffè Vivace and more. Beyond her musical pursuits, Rachel is deeply engaged in nonprofit work, currently serving as the Education Program Manager at the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and teaching jazz and commercial voice at Otterbein University, and the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music. In 2021, Rachel earned her Master's of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. During her time there, she served as a teaching fellow, where she led the distinguished West End vocal jazz ensemble, and earned consecutive Downbeat Student Jazz Awards in 2021 and 2022. For more about Rachel Azbell, explore her website at rachelazbell.com.


Bachelor's of Arts: Denison University Granville, Ohio , 2019 (Voice Performance)

Master's of Music: University of North Texas Denton, TX, 2021 (Jazz Studies, Voice Performance)