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Charenee Wade Group: Offering — Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Aug 9, Sunday - 12pm Noon
Cafe Stritch Stage

Charenee Wade, a first runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator. In this project for our 2015 Motéma Records showcase, she pays tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, a revolutionary artist who merged spoken word with soul and funk-jazz grooves.

Wade’s accolades included Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program, being chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and first runner-up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. The talented vocalist performs internationally and has graced the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Coca Cola’s, the legendary Smalls, and the Zinc Bar. Currently a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College, and with the Jazzmobile Workshop program, Wade teaches various workshops and clinics around the country.

Famously known for “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, Gil Scott-Heron was melding music that had elements of soul, jazz, blues, and hip-hop–before hip-hop had even existed. In tribute to the late artist, Wade released a version of Scott-Heron’s classic tune “Ain’t No Such Thing As Superman” for her upcoming album Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson. The release features a host of luminaries including Christian McBride, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Lakecia Benjamin, Stefon Harris, Marcus Miller, and many others.

*Due to unforeseen travel delays, the first three Motéma Showcase acts have changed their times:
Charenee Wade: 12-1pm
Shai Maestro Trio: 1:30-2:30pm
Oran Etkin: 3-4pm

Wade’s accolades included Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program, being chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and first runner-up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. The talented vocalist performs internationally and has graced the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Coca Cola’s, the legendary Smalls, and the Zinc Bar. Currently a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College, and with the Jazzmobile Workshop program, Wade teaches various workshops and clinics around the country.

Famously known for “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, Gil Scott-Heron was melding music that had elements of soul, jazz, blues, and hip-hop–before hip-hop had even existed. In tribute to the late artist, Wade released a version of Scott-Heron’s classic tune “Ain’t No Such Thing As Superman” for her upcoming album Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson. The release features a host of luminaries including Christian McBride, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Lakecia Benjamin, Stefon Harris, Marcus Miller, and many others.

*Due to unforeseen travel delays, the first three Motéma Showcase acts have changed their times:
Charenee Wade: 12-1pm
Shai Maestro Trio: 1:30-2:30pm
Oran Etkin: 3-4pm


Personnel

Charenee Wade, vocals Lakecia Benjamin, saxophone Brandon McCune, piano Paul Beaudry, bass Alvester Garnett, drums

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