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Johnaye Kendrick Quartet

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Outstanding jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick celebrates the release of her new album Here with her quartet.

Johnaye Kendrick is a vocalist who performs her own original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions; she focuses on graceful renditions of jazz standards and composes music and lyrics, often accompanying herself on harmonium, violin, viola and percussion. Kendrick 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 prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, having worked with many outstanding jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brian Blade. She received a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. Kendrick has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs; traveled extensively with the Nicholas Payton SEXTET; and has also been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (a collaboration that won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their release Book 1). In 2013, she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as Northwest Vocalist of the Year. In 2014, she recorded, produced and released her debut CD, Here, for the johnygirl label. Featuring twelve of Kendrick’s original compositions, Here finds her supported by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chris Symer, and drummers Byron Vannoy and D’Vonne Lewis. Kendrick currently serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts.

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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