The Kennedy Center

Brianna Thomas


Brianna Thomas, vocalist, moved to NYC in 2007 to attend The New School University and has since established herself as a talented vocalist on the contemporary jazz scene. Since graduating in 2011, she has performed with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, Russell Malone, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, and longtime hero Dianne Reeves. Thomas has also performed nationally and internationally ranging from the Women in Jazz Festival at Jazz At Lincoln Center to the prestigious Montreux, Umbria, Bern, and Sochi Jazz Festivals.  Thomas recently released her debut album You Must Believe in Love.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/10/2015: Harlem Nights/U Street Lights: A Collaborative Presentation of The Apollo and the Kennedy Center

With dual pianos onstage, all-star pianists Jason Moran, Marc Cary (Music Director), Bertha Hope, and Gerald Clayton connect the dots between jazz luminaries with histories in both New York and D.C., including late greats Duke Ellington and Dr. Billy Taylor. In addition, vocalists Queen Esther and Brianna Thomas perform with Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue (directed by Connaitre Miller), mining the rich, related vocal history of the New York and Washington, DC jazz scenes. The evening continues with a ticketed show in The Crossroads Club featuring Jason Moran, Marc Cary, and many others.

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