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Jennifer Jade Ledesna

Stage mage JENNIFER JADE LEDESNA, Bronxite polyglot, is an alumna of the New School Jazz Conservatory & LaGuardia Arts. A Montreux Jazz Voice Competition Finalist, Equity actress, & "Betty Carter Jazz Ahead" composer, Ms. Jade often performs at "Aux Trois Mailletz" in Paris, “Jazz Na Avenida” in Salvador da Bahia, & the legendary “Minton’s Playhouse” in Harlem, NYC.
 
She's sung at Carnegie Hall in Bobby McFerrin’s “INSTANT OPERA!”, in the World Premiere Tour of “CHAPEL/CHAPTER” w the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Co. JJ’s also graced the international stages of Switzerland’s CHORUS Jazz Club, Norway's “Silda Jazz Fest” w her group "RAJAFRO", Jazz @ Lincoln Center with Bobby Sanabria’s “Multiverse Orchestra!”, Saint Croix's “Take Five Fest”, Santiago de Chile's "Teatro Municipal de Las Condes", & Austria's PORGY & BESS, to name a few. 
 
Grammy board member, Ms. Jade has performed with David Amram, Elew, Dave Valentin, Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Joatan Nascimento, Junior Mance, James Carter, Benny Powell, Candido Camero, Janis Siegel, & Wynton Marsalis, among others. 
 
She recently starred as Tempest in the feature film SINCE I LEFT YOU, “Tinima” in the opera-musical HATUEY: MEMORY OF FIRE!, & just returned from her summer tours in Brazil & Argentina! Stay tuned for the new release "VOX HUMANA" with Bobby Sanabria's Multiverse Orchestra!

Awards

- The Kennedy Center. "Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency"; Original Composition. Washington, DC. - Carnegie Hall. Bobby McFerrin's "Instant Opera Young Artist's Concert." Improvisation. NYC. - "Montreux Jazz Festival International Voice Competition"; Finalist. Montreux, Switzerland. - IAJE Toronto. "MJF Kurt Elling Masterclass- Oustanding Musician Award." Toronto, Canada. - CBS 2's "Nueva Estrella Awards." Semi- Finalist. NYC. - "Jazz Diva Award." New School University. NYC. - "Ambassador of Song." U.S.-Brazilian Consulate. Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. - "Minorities in Medicine" Award. Weill Cornell Medical College. NYC. - "Ambassador of Peace." Central European Tour: Austria, Hungary, Czech/Slovac Republic.


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"The fierce artistry of Jennifer Jade Ledesna, a smoky-voiced alto and feline dancer, as Tinima." -Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (New York Times) "The cast of singer/actor/dancers is phenomenal, none more than Jennifer Jade Ledesna as Timina, the revolutionary center of the 1930s action, who functions as a modern-day Hatuey. From the moment she takes the stage alone in a spotlight, her movements are starkly precise and controlled, raising the stakes for everything that follows, as so much of the plot is played from and off of her: as the instigator of an armed insurrection; the lust object of the Cuban dictator Machado; and the muse of Penn’s epic poem, which spins out of her mind into his pen and comes out as the story we see played out in all its tragic consequences." -Seth Rogovoy (Forward Magazine) "Jennifer Jade Ledesna has the moves and the charisma, as well as the urgent vocalism for Tinima/La India." -John Yohalem (Congas On The Roof) "When Jennifer Jade Ledesna sang as Tinima, she delivered scintillating Cuban-style numbers with a heart-wrenching and soulful voice and an impressive range." -Anne E

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Vox Humana

Jazzheads
2023

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Truth

Jenn Jade Music
2009

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