Seattle Artist Johnaye Kendrick’s “Here” Celebrated With Concert

Seattle, WA – Cornish Presents welcomes outstanding Seattle-based jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick and her quartet in a concert celebrating the release of her new album Here on Oct. 16 at 8:00 p.m. at PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle.

As a performer, Kendrick often accompanys herself on harmonium, violin, viola, and percussion. Her original compositions as well as her fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions have earned starred reviews from DownBeat magazine. She also has received a nomination for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as Northwest Vocalist of the Year (2013) and was a featured vocalist with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (a collaboration that won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their release Book 1).

Her debut CD, Here for the johnygirl label, features twelve of Kendrick’s original compositions with musical support from pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chris Symer, and drummers Byron Vannoy and D’Vonne Lewis

Cornish Presents: Johnaye Kendrick

Oct. 16, 8:00 p.m.

Poncho Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle,

Tickets: $22 general admission, $17 seniors (62+), $10 students and $5 Teen Tix (members only). Tickets are available online and by phone at, 1.800.838.3006.

More about Johnaye Kendrick

An associate professor of jazz voice at Cornish College of the Arts, Kendrick has toured extensively with the Nicholas Payton SEXTET, sung with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and appeared in numerous jazz festivals and concerts. She earned a bachelor of music from Western Michigan University (2005), where she received a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and was featured in an honors recital with pianist Fred Hersch. Kendrick then earned an artist’s diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. She has worked with many well-known jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinke, and Brian Blade. She received a master’s degree in jazz studies from Loyola University in 2009.

For more than 30 years, Cornish Presents, formerly known as the Cornish Music Series, has introduced Seattle audiences to rising stars and Seattle premieres as well as established masters in world music, jazz, chamber music, and more. Artists in the community also are invited to take part in a variety of free master classes provided by visiting artists and Cornish faculty.

More about Cornish College of the Arts

Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For more information, please visit