Associate Professor, Music
Through her rich and accessible professional career, Professor Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of jazz's most outstanding "artistic" vocalists. She is focused, ambitious, daring and intent on creating music that is both well conceived and honest. Professor Brown is well known for performing and recording with passion and dedication. Committed to the legacy of vocal jazz, her performances fill the historical spectrum of classic American songbook themes, original jazz compositions, and contemporary world themes with intense vocal improvisations, and include collaborations with diverse, legendary jazz artists.
Professor Brown has performed or recorded with such musicians as Leon Thomas, John Hicks, Grady Tate, Kirk Lightsey, Betty Carter, Ellis Marsalis, Erik Truffaz, David Murray, D.D. Jackson, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Pierre Michelot, John Betsch, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Fred Hersch, Tony Suggs, Michel Donato, Winard Harper, Chico Freeman, Joe Lovano, Cyrus Chestnut, Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Avery Sharpe, Rufus Reid, Gerry Gibbs, Seamus Blake and Jimmy Rowles.
Her areas of specialization at Concordia include both jazz, vocal studies, fine arts management and world music history.