Cynthia made a name for herself performing alongside some of the most talented musicians on the New York jazz scene in the 1990’s, including Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Eddie Henderson, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Arturo O’Farrill, Stephen Scott, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Justin Robinson and Gil Coggins (pianist for Miles Davis) just to name a few. With a weekly gig at the famed Village Gate, a featured spot with the Harper Brothers band, a two-year gig with bassist Bill Lee (father of film maker Spike Lee) who often referred to her as his "head trumpeter", a performance with legendary drummer Max Roach, a role in saxophonist Fred Ho’s action adventure-opera, a featured spot as an up-and-coming jazz vocalist at the famous Birdland jazz club, as well as private lessons with singer Andy Bey and a BFA in Jazz Performance, Cynthia has set the stage for more to come.
Notably, in November 2011, Cynthia’s musical arrangement of the Billy Taylor tune “His Name Was Martin” was performed by opera singer Harolyn Blackwell and international jazz pianist Geri Allen at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for “Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy Taylor”.
More recently, Cynthia performed with an ensemble in a celebrated tribute to the great trumpeter, Donald Byrd. Many great jazz musicians were in attendance, including pianist Herbie Hancock who accompanied the ensemble on piano for the performance of Byrd’s "Cristo Redentor".