Charenée Wade is one of the most promising international jazz vocalists around. First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition and performer at the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program, she was chosen as one of the talented four to take part at the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall.
Her tone and majestic sound reminds us at times of classic jazz by artists like Betty Carter or Sarah Vaughan, controlling her voice with surprising agility & manner while incorporating personal touches that connect to current avant-garde jazz. Her second album, titled Offering (2015), is a tribute to the repertoire of an artist who had a big influence on her, Gil Scott-Heron. The disc features musicians Marcus Miller, Lonie Plaxico, Stefon Harris and Christian Mcbride.
Charenee is currently a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College and with the Jazzmobile Workshop programme. She teaches various workshops & clinics and was an esteemed judge at the 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, alongside Dr. Billy Taylor and Grady Tate.
She regularly graces the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in New York City. Her debut disc, titled Love Walked In, was released in July 2010.
On this tour, Charenée Wade will perform in a quartet formation, with Óscar Pérez (piano), Paul Beaudry (contrabass) and Donald Kontomanou (drums).
Charenée Wade. Offering: Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
Charenée Wade: vocals
Óscar Pérez: piano
Paul Beaudry: contrabass
Darrell Green: drums