Originally from Chicago, Angie Ortega has a love for jazz and blues that was created by the music surrounding her as a child. Growing up playing the saxophone and singing, she received her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky in 2008. Upon graduating, she worked for Norwegian Cruise Line as a musician for 3 years and then worked her way up to being the Guest Service & Entertainment Manager at a 5-Star Resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines. In 2012, she moved to Wales where she performed around the country, leading a duo on vocals and saxophone. She then opened her own pub, The Tiddly. Alongside her partner, they ran it as a restaurant, bar and music venue that held very successful music festivals, attended by performers and patrons from all around Britain. During this time, she auditioned and trained with the Yamaha School of Music and became the only Yamaha certified keyboard teacher in her region of the country. In 2015, Angie moved back to Lexington, KY to begin pursuing a new career path. She is now enrolled in the University of Kentucky Graduate Program to receive her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy.
During her career as both as saxophonist and vocalist Angie has had the opportunity to work with such people as: Mark Colby, Rob Parton, Bob Mintzer, Bill Watrous, Vince DiMartino, Miles Osland, Jeff Coffin, Jonathan Nelson and Jeff Bradshaw. She was also given two student awards from Downbeat Magazine and two performance awards from the Elmhurt Jazz Festival. In 2008, she took part in a competition held by the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band and won in the vocal category, allowing her to be featured on a DVD singing with the Grammy award winning band. While performing will always be a priority, she has discovered her desire to help others through the power of music and is very much looking forward to her future endeavors.