Monday, October 4, 2010

YolanDa Brown: A jazz saxophonist with affiliation in academia

Jazz has a preponderance of musicians of high academic achievements who have PhDs, Masters, Bachelors degree behind their names. Maybe the converse holds that high academic achievers, who are musicians, are invariably attracted to this great and wonderful music.

A recent addition to the list of A-Graders is YolanDa Brown,
British born jazz saxophonist, 2008 MOBO Award Winner "Best Jazz", 2008 Urban Music Award Nominee "Best Jazz", Women in Entertainment and Arts Award 2009 "Best Musician", who recently been awarded a Honourary Doctorate of Art degree from the North East London University joining a multitude of jazz musicians with affiliation to academia.

Born in England of Jamaican parents, the princess of sax is widely regarded as the "emerging" voice of mainstream jazz in the UK. Endorsed by Yamaha, supported by MAC Cosmetics, Brown has performed in a range of platform including the London Jazz Festival to an audience with the President of Russia. She has opened for artists including Diana Krall, The Temptation, David Sanborn and played at Royal Albert Hall and significant venues across the world.

Dr. YolanDa Brown is set to play what is undoubtedly a milestone concert at the IndigO2 at the O2, London in November.

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