Just Friends Jazz Series
Known for her expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Charenée Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones. On her latest album, Offering, she pays tribute to another inspiration, the socially conscious poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron. In addition to a skilled and powerful vocalist, Wade is a composer, arranger and educator, who teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music and The Juilliard School. She also tours internationally with her working quartet.