Johnaye Kendrick, a 20’s some vocalist from Seattle has released her first CD of 12 original songs called Here. While Kendrick is not a household name among jazz vocalists she is clearly on her way. She has big-time credentials having graduated from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and appearing on a Grammy-winning album with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet. She has worked with Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
– On her new CD, Here, she moves easily from modern jazz to bossa nova to ballads. She appears with her quartet that includes the incredible pianist Dawn Clement.
– Take a look at this video where she performs at the Chega de Saudade Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru singing in both Spanish and English with Clement on piano.