- Teaches students:
- Ages 3+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- December 2004
"… spirited and self assured…" - The Washington Post
"...saucy vocalist…" -DownBeat"
"... strong mentholated vocals…" - New York Times
In 2006 I competed in the London International Vocal Competition , I placed as a top finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations.
I am a Washington D.C. Native. I studied music at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones and continued at Howard University studying privately with drummer/vocalist Grady Tate (Sarah Vaughn, Quincy Jones). Heidi credits the legend with helping her find her “voice” as an artist.
I have performed and/or recorded with Nicholas Payton, Reuben Brown, Steve Williams, Russell Gunn, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Gregoire Maret and the late Keter Betts, since making her debut on the New York jazz scene at Birdland.
I lived and made my living recording and performing in New York City. I have performed at the legendary Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, The Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif), Cachaca, Metronome.
Since returning home to Washington; I perform regularly at Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns and Twins Lounge. Internationally at Jazz at the Kenzi in Casablanca Morocco, the Pori Jazz Festival, Finland and at Chelsea’s splendid Cadogan Hall in London, England.
I have recorded 3 albums to date; Alone Together, Hide & See hear, LOVE...and a feature vocalist on trombonist Reginald Cyntji's The Love Album releasing Feb 2013 along side such notables as Allyn Johnson, Herman Burney & Kush Abadey. Also on Trumpeter Russell Gunn’s 2008 release, Love Stories.
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach ear training, breath control, phrasing across all genres of music. I am a very supportive teacher looking to expand your repertoire while you gain skils. I want my students to achieve their personal vocal goals at their pace. I am certain after 3-6 months the student can expect to experience a greater foundation when performing a song thru a stronger voice and newly strengthened confidence.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with upright piano, PA, and recording equipment. Parents can sit in on lessons, and street parking available. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment ***
small PA for some performance work/
they would be able to record lesson and a blank notebook
I have a keyboard too...
*** Specialties ***
I can teach in a variety of styles and genres: Jazz, Folk, Blue Grass, Rock, Country, ...Voice and Composition...
Certification for teaching vocal and general music ages pre-K to 12th Grade.