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Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Jazz Festival Present the Emerging Jazz Icons Series

Post Date:10/24/2017 3:51 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Christina Cruz-Benton, Press Information Officer
404-546-1465, office
404-807-2438, cell


   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2017

 News Release

Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Jazz Festival Present the Emerging Jazz Icons Series

New concert series will feature music by Charenée Wade, Jazzmeia Horn and Christian Sands

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Public Broadcasting Atlanta and The Woodruff Arts Center, will present the inaugural Emerging Jazz Icon series to promote up-and-coming jazz artists and continue to promote the art form that originated in the south. The Emerging Jazz Icons series will feature Charenée Wade on November 4, 2017, Jazzmeia Horn on January 27, 2018 and Christian Sands on April 7, 2018.

“Following the successful conclusion of the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, we felt the need to continue hosting incredible jazz artists in the City," said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.  "Searching out and presenting new voices is exactly the vision I have for the Festival. I want to discover new talent and share these discoveries.  The Mayor’s Office is thrilled to be partnering with Public Broadcasting Atlanta and The Woodruff Arts Center to bring these new and talented jazz artists to Atlanta."

The concerts will take place at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium, located at 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, and lead up to the 41st Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 25 – 27, 2018.  Tickets for the  Emerging Jazz Icons series are on sale through The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office here or by calling 404.733.5000.

About Charenée Wade
Charenée Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music. The first artist ever to enter two Thelonious Monk vocal competitions, Charenée walked away from the second one in 2010 with instant buzz and second place to her new friend Cecile McLorin Salvant.  Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones. Charenée performs internationally and graces the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC. Her debut CD, Love Walked In, was released in July 2010. Charenée is currently a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College and with the Jazzmobile Workshop program. She teaches various workshops and clinics and was an esteemed judge for the 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, alongside Dr. Billy Taylor and Grady Tate. 

About Jazzmeia Horn
Jazzmeia Horn is the winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from the great Dallas, Texas, Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.”  With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Lincoln Center Alumni Vincent Gardner, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess and Ellis Marsalis.  Currently, Jazzmeia is a teaching artist in The NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Program and Jazz In The Schools Program in Newark, New Jersey. She appears in various clubs on the jazz scene nationally and internationally leading her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn,” which includes pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, poet, dancer and herself as ¬vocalist. 

About Christian Sands
Christian Sands debuted his Mack Avenue Records CD earlier this year. This young Steinway Artist and five-time Grammy nominee takes his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force. He brings a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. A deeply rich and soulful feeling can be heard in Christian’s music, characterized by his infectious energy and spirit. That same spirit is what caught the attention of Grammy award winning bassist, Christian McBride, with whom he has toured throughout the world’s finest venues for more than six years. DownBeat describes him as “an imaginative composer, a clever arranger and a skillful technician with a fluid style.” Seeing this exciting and creative talent touring with the new music he has composed for his Mack Avenue Record CD will truly be an event to see and hear! 

About the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ mission is to enhance the quality of life through cultural experiences that can serve as an international model.  For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs at 404.546.6815.



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