Brenda Earle Stokes

Brenda Earle Stokes


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Brenda Earle Stokes is a rare jazz artist with a true command of both the piano and the voice. As a follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2014 studio album Right About Now, Stokes sought to challenge herself to dig deep and share the full scope of her talents in the most intimate setting possible. In her latest album Solo Sessions Volume 1, Brenda explores the rarely- recorded format of solo piano/voice, showcasing her mesmerizing fluidity as both singer and pianist. Recorded in a single four-hour session in her home- town of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Brenda explores a wide spectrum of material, including jazz standards, original compositions and seldom-heard compositions by George Shearing and Steve Swallow. She rounds out the recording with lush jazz arrangements of songs recorded by k.d. lang, Michael McDonald and Huey Lewis, showing the full range of her musical curiosities. Brenda Earle Stokes is a surprisingly multifaceted musician, known for her work as a pianist, singer and composer. She has performed as a side person with John Riley, Luis Bonilla, Dick Oatts, Bobby Sanabria, Joel Frahm, Roxy Coss, Wycliffe Gordon, Maurice Hines and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. As a bandleader she has toured clubs and festivals across the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and has released 5 albums under her own name.