Charenée Wade Opens Jazz Port Townsend 2011

Charenée Wade is a newcomer to the Jazz Port Townsend stage, but has steadily been making a name for herself around the country for her stylistic interpretations, timeless voice, and immense talent.

Inspired by Sarah Vaughn, Brooklyn native Charenée Wade began singing jazz at the age of 12. Through her twelve years of intense studies in jazz as well as classical music, she has grown to become a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator. She completed her Master’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music.

Wade has been featured in many configurations from jazz trios to Big Band to the conservatory’s 100.jpgece Jazz Philharmonia Orchestra. She has performed at Festival du Riou, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival, and opened for Herbie Hancock at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in 2003. She recently returned from Russia on tour with the Oleg Butman Trio.

Charenée Wade joins Dee Daniels to open Jazz Port Townsend on Friday night, July 29 at 7:30 p.m., with a vocal showcase featuring the rhythm section of pianist Benny Green, Christoph Luty on bass, Clarence Acox on drums, and joined by veteran studio musician and soloist alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton.

Make plans now to welcome Charenée Wade to her first visit to Jazz Port Townsend – and enjoy a performance from this talented rising star.