Jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick performs with UNT Jazz Singers

Johnaye Kendrick will join the UNT Jazz Singers for two shows at 8 p.m. April 6 and 7 at Voertman Hall in the music building.

Johnaye Kendrick is a jazz artist and associate professor of Jazz Voice at the Cornish College of The Arts. She is a member of the Nicholas Payton SEXTET, Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. She won a Grammy in 2009 with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.”

Kendrick will also be presenting a master class for UNT College of Music students.

“I was really excited when Johnaye accepted our invitation because she offers a different experiences in the profession from what UNT vocal jazz students receive on a daily basis,” said Jennifer Barnes, UNT professor of jazz voice and director of the UNT Jazz Singers. “Every year I want our guest artist visit to be both entertaining for the audience and educational for the students.”

The concert will consist of original songs written by and featuring Kendrick as soloist along with backing vocals by the UNT Jazz Singers. The program will consist of a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, pop and neo-soul.

About the UNT College of Music

The College of Music is one of the nation’s largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. It offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor to doctoral levels and is home to the world’s first jazz studies degree program. Faculty include internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, music entrepreneurship, music history, music theory and performance. The college presents more than 1,100 concerts and recitals annually. UNT music alumni can be found around the globe in impressive, award-winning careers across a wide-range of music professions. Visit the College of Music online calendar at http://music.unt.edu/calendar and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at Facebook.com/UNTCollegeofMusic, on Twitter at @UNTCoM and on Instagram at @untcollegeofmusic.