Charenee Wade’s singing ability was impressive enough to place her as First Runner-Up for the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition in 2010. An excellent composer/arranger—as well as a vocalist—Wade is a Manhattan School of Music graduate who participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program. She was also selected for the Diane Reeves Young Artist Workshop. Active as an educator, she is an instructor at the Jazzmobile Workshop program and a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music. She is a popular performer at a number of New York City music venues: Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Smalls and the Zinc Bar. Her most recent recording—on the Motema label—is Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson. We are thrilled to be presenting this exciting new artist to Kuumbwa audiences.