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