Black Women in Jazz Performance featuring Charenee Wade.
Vocalist Charenée Wade, a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College City University of New York, will be performing music from her latest CD titled, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson where she pays tribute to the socially conscious poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron,
This is the first full-length album tribute to Scott-Heron and his musical collaborator Brian Jackson by a woman artist. Offering is arresting in just how timely Scott-Heron’s messages are today and Wade perfectly delivers them through her savvy arrangements and intimate jazz interpretations.
The entire jazz industry has passionately embraced Wade including Wynton Marsalis, who features her regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC); Christian McBride, who mentored her at his Jazz Aspen Academy; and labelmate Rufus Reid, who selected her for his Grammy-nominated album, Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project. Wade has performed with Bobby Sanabria, Aaron Diehl, Oran Etkin, Robert Glasper and MacArthur Fellow and choreographer Kyle Abraham among others and at venues and festivals worldwide including Montreux and Spoleto. This year she is touring in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s national presentation, Ladies Sing the Blues. Read more about her at https://www.chareneewade.com.