Quinton Morris, director
Johnaye Kendrick, voice, compositions and harmonium
Dawn Clement, piano
Chris Symer, bass
D'Vonne Lewis, drums
Dr. Morris and string chamber students join Cornish College of the Arts jazz faculty Johnaye Kendrick and her band for a special collaborative evening of classical and jazz music.
Johnaye Kendrick has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Rio das Ostras Jazz Festival, Burghausen Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Bern, Playboy Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Gallery, Chicago Symphony Center, Snug Harbor and Birdland with Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Sean Jones or John Ellis. She has also performed with her own band at the Earshot Jazz Festival, Lima Jazz Festival, Royal Room, Tula's, Festival Sundiata, NW African American Museum, Chihuly Gardens and other venues. Johnaye performs her own original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on graceful renditions of jazz standards and composes music and lyrics where she often accompanies herself on harmonium, violin, viola and percussion. The legendary Jimmy Heath says that "Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears."
A dedicated educator, Johnaye resides in Seattle, WA where she serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts. In 2013, she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as “Northwest Vocalist of the Year.” In 2014, she recorded, produced and released her debut CD, Here, for the johnygirl label. Featuring twelve of Johnaye’s original compositions, Here finds her supported by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chris Symer, and drummers Byron Vannoy and D’Vonne Lewis.
$5 students; $8 faculty/staff/alumni; $12 general admission