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Imani-Grace Cooper



Biography

Imani-Grace Cooper is a jazz vocalist with idiom versatility and knowledge from experiences including collegiate studies under the main instruction of 2013 DownBEAT Magazine’s Jazz Education Achievement Award recipient, Connaitre Miller. Her enthusiasm for jazz fueled the cultivation of a jazz series at Sankofa Cafe in Washington, D.C., titled Sounds at Sankofa which features a variety of DC jazz legends like Allyn Johnson and Fred Foss. Imani-Grace debuted as a solo artist as the Apollo Theate’'s guest artist during the Annual Harlem Jazz Week. Imani-Grace Cooper, as a solo artist and ensemble singer, has shared band stands with Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, the late George Duke, Al Jarreau, and many more! Imani-Grace services fellow enthusiasts of singing in private voice lessons and can be found singing regularly in Washington, D.C., and surrounding cities.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/2/2015: Imani-Grace Cooper Sings Fitzgerald/Strayhorn

The Howard University music major and jazz vocalist pays homage to the legendary 1957 recording project, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook, in which Miss Fitzgerald recorded a dozen Billy Strayhorn compositions. The band includes Cyrus Chestnut, piano, Elijah Balbed, saxophones, Eliot Seppa, bass, and Abinnet Berhanu, drums. Presented in collaboration with East River Jazz.

Imani-Grace Cooper