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Born and bred in Brooklyn, N.Y., Renee Manning stands out from the crowd. Her robust voice, rich tones and impeccable time make her truly a musician’s vocalist.
Testimony to her skills comes in the form of the number of notable musicians she has performed with. These include Carmen McCrae, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Don Cherry, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson and Nat Adderley. Her big band associations and collaborations have included the Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, Mingus Big Band and Dynasty, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Dukes Men, as well as, a large ensemble project with Lester Bowie and Earl McIntyre.
Some of the clubs and festivals to her credit are the Village Vanguard, Birdland, The Iridium, Ronnie Scotts in London, NorthSea Festival and so many others.
As well as being a performer, Manning has been teaching vocal technique both privately and as master classes. As one of only two vocalists taught by the legendary teacher Carmine Caruso, her method is quite unique, and incredibly effective. In clinics and concerts sponsored by Young Audiences and similar foundations, she has taught or performed for elementary, high school and college students and established youth choruses in public schools. She is currently on staff as a vocal theory and choir instructor at the Brooklyn Conservatory with students from 18 months to 100 years old. Ms. Manning is also a recognized composer having received several writing grants.
Renée has two releases on Ken Music Inc. called As Is and a follow up album named UhmUhm Uhmmmm. New album "ALL Grown Up" in stores now!