Who is Rochelle Rice ?
Rochelle Rice is a dynamic and compelling vocalist, songwriter, and clinician. Her profound and flawless sound is a woven tapestry of jazz-centric contemporary pop and soul. As a consistent voice on the east coast music scene, Rochelle has performed at top venues and events including Strand Theater, The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, DC JazzFest, Strathmore Mansion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.
Described as “beautiful, spiritual music, steeped in Rice’s trademark fusion of jazz, pop, and soul/R&B,” Rochelle released her debut project, WONDER, to a completely sold out standing-room-only crowd at AMP by Strathmore. Complete with beautiful original music, a sizzling quartet, and lush strings, WONDER is a strong first showing of what is sure to be compelling music career.
Increasingly in demand, Rochelle’s versatility and unique skills as a singer, composer, and clinician have allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most acclaimed musicians, including touring with the internationally renowned a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, and performing with Grammy-award winning rock music icon, Melissa Etheridge. In 2017, Rochelle was invited by the US Embassy in Nassau, the Bahamas to present concerts for Jazz Appreciation Month, and to teach master classes and workshops for elementary through high school students and students of the University of The Bahamas. Also in 2017, Rochelle sang the part of “Ruby Bridges” in the Washington, DC debut of internationally acclaimed award-winning composer, Darrell Grant’s, Step by Step: The Ruby Bridges Suite.
Champion of Social Justice
Rochelle received her Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice from East Carolina University, and her Master of Music degree, in jazz studies, from Howard University. While at Howard University, Rochelle was a member of the multiple DownBeat Magazine award winning premiere jazz vocal ensemble, Afro Blue, and was mentored by the award winning and well noted arranger, clinician, and jazz vocalist, Connaitre Miller.
Dedicated to social justice and presenting music that transforms and heals, Rochelle has performed at protests, social justice rallies, and recently sang in honor of the work of Congressman John Lewis and for the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Through her work as Education Coordinator for DC Jazz Festival, she has written curriculum for DC Public Schools and helped to expand the scope of the Festival’s year-round education programming. Rochelle has also developed the interactive music history and early musicianship skills class, Da Capo!, which she has presented regionally and internationally.
Rochelle’s profound and flawless sound is a woven tapestry of jazz-centric contemporary pop and soul, while her undeniable stage presence and boldness mark her as an artist to follow on the new music scene.
“Rice can, and does, sing anything and in just about any context. Moreover, that artistic generosity is matched with an unwavering grace and dignity in her performances; in its quiet way, it’s dazzling.”
– Mike West,
Washington City Paper