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Renee Manning

Born and bred in Brooklyn, N.Y., Renee Manning stands out from the crowd. Her robust voice, rich tones and impeccable time make her truly a musicians vocalist.

Her debut in the jazz world as the singer with the Mel Lewis Orchestra (from 1983-1989) was the longest tenure of any vocalist associated with that organization . By chance, Mr. Lewis heard Renée performing at Mikells . He invited her to sit in with his band at the Village Vanguard and after a standing ovation hired her as his vocalist on the spot. Since then she has proven to be an incredibly versatile singer. Many, however associate her with big bands and the blues. Her big band associations and collaborations have included the Chico OFarrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Dukes Men as well as a large ensemble project with Lester Bowie and Earl McIntyre. Recently she appeared with the Mingus Big Band at the Fez and the Iridium.

Testimony to her skills comes in the form of the number of musicians who have asked her to sit in at various engagements. These include Jon Faddis, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson and Joe Williams. Ms. Manning appeared as a guest soloist in the concert presentation of the George Gruntz opera “Cosmopolitan Greetings”, a production done with the Cologne Radio Orchestra. Here she teamed up with Don Cherry, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson and Ray Anderson.

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She Rocks The House! —Stanley Crouch

Robust, Refreshingly unpretentious, Blues! —Ira Gilter-Jazz Times

Capable of bawdy bluesy-ness or kittenish mewling...... —Gene Kalbacher-Hot House

AS TASTY AS BARBECUED RIBS..!!! —Wayne Wilson- Jazziz

Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Private Teacher, co-founder of Excelsior Music Studio. Inquire within for rates or contact Excelsior Music Studio: http://excelsiormusicstudio.com/

Clinic/Workshop Information

Vocal clinics available from Kindergarten to Master Class.



All Grown Up

Self Produced



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