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BIOGRAPHY

Who is Rochelle Rice ?

Rochelle Rice is a dynamic and compelling vocalist and songwriter, and has been named Best Jazz Vocalist Washington City Paper Jazzy Awards(Washington, DC). Fresh from her residency at the prestigious arts center,Strathmore,her profound and flawless sound joins the singer/songwriters of the 1960s and the contemporary jazz vocalists of today.

As a consistent voice on Washington DC’s music scene, Rochelle has performed at some of the area’s top venues and events including TheKennedy Center, TheFilmore, Twins Jazz Club, Amp by Strathmore, DC Jazz Festival, Strathmore Mansion, Capitol Bop’s Jazz Lofts, and the Hamilton. In 2014 she produced and performed the sold-out debut ofThe Conversation: Stories of Hope, Heart, and Wholeness,a joining of both classical and jazz music,featuring the well celebrated lyric coloratura,Marlissa Hudson,and one of the region’s jazz piano masters, Allyn Johnson.

Rochelle’s versatility has allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most acclaimed musicians. In addition to being an alternate for the internationally renowned Grammy-award winning a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, Rochelle can be heard on Uncommon,the most recent CD release of gospel jazz pioneer and former musical director for Gil Scott-Heron, Kim Jordan.

Versatile

Rochelle’s versatility has allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most acclaimed musicians. In addition to being an alternate for the internationally renowned Grammy-award winning a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock®,Rochelle can be heard on Uncommon,the most recentCD release of gospel jazz pioneer and former musical director for Gil Scott-Heron, Kim Jordan.

Champion of Social Justice

Rochelle received her B.M. in classical voice from East Carolina University, and attained her Master’s 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 the graduate teaching assistant to the award winning and well noted arranger, clinician, and jazz vocalist, Connaitre Miller. Sheis featured on the groups recording, The Best is Yet to Come. Stepping outside of her jazz and soul background, Rochelle was the lead singer of DC’s only live house music band, House of Soul, and is featured as a vocalist and songwriter on the bands album, Let’s Move.

Rochelle received her B.M. in classical voice from East Carolina University, and attained her Master’s 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 the graduate teaching assistant to the award winning and well noted arranger, clinician, and jazz vocalist, Connaitre Miller. Sheis featured on the groups recording, The Best is Yet to Come. Stepping outside of her jazz and soul background, Rochelle was the lead singer of DC’s only live house music band, House of Soul, and is featured as a vocalist and songwriter on the bands album, Let’s Move.

Dedicated to social justice and music education, Rochelle has performed at protest rallies, and recently sang in honor of the work of Congressman John Lewis.She has also developed the interactive music history and early musicianship skills class, Da Capo!This popular and engaging children’s music class is geared towards 2-6-year-olds,  and focuses on the music of America’s greatest music artists. Rochelle currently teaches Da Capo! at several of the area schools and at the community arts organization, BloomBars, where she serves as an Artist in Bloom Resident.

Rochelle’s sound is a woven tapestry of jazz-influenced contemporary pop and soul. Her highly personal, yet relatable original music reflects her deeply rooted love of jazz and singer/songwriters. While continuing to perform, write, and educate, Rochelle is preparing for her debut CD release, Wonder.

“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

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