First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; being one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall; 1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition; and being selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, 2007-09, directed by Christian McBride.
Charenee 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. Charenee performs internationally and graces the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Coca Cola’s, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC.
Had Revive been a magazine during the ’70s, then Gil Scott-Heron would have made the front page regularly. The “bluesologist” (as he liked to call himself) was melding music that had elements of soul, jazz, blues, and hip-hop before hip-hop had even existed. Famously known for “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” Gil Scott-Heron revolutionized the way audiences perceived what it meant to be a vocalist by merging spoken word with soul/funk-jazz grooves.
Soulful jazz vocalist Charenee Wade’s clear voice and impressive technique earned her the First Runner-Up prize at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition. Whether performing solo or with a dynamic range of jazz luminaries, Wade’s talent has brought her to many prestigious music festivals and venues world-wide. Her album “Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson” offers a uniquely feminine perspective on the revolutionary music of Gil Scott-Heron.
Charenee Wade Presents the Gil Scott-Heron Project at the 2015 Musiq Haus APAP Showcase
Charenee Wade – I Think I’ll Call It Morning (Snippet)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Bridges (Lp)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Winter in America