Inspired by Sarah Vaughn, Brooklyn native Charenee Wade began singing jazz at the age of 12. Through her 12 years of intense studies in jazz as well as classical music for, she has grown to become a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator. She completed her Master’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music. Charenee has been featured in many configurations from jazz trios to Big Band to the conservatory’s 100-piece Jazz Philharmonia Orchestra.
She has received various scholarships, including the ASCAP Foundation Award and Scholarship and the International Women in Jazz’s Youth in Jazz Award. She has studied with Miles Griffith, Bob Stewart, Lenora Zenzailai Helm, Pamela Baskin-Watson, Carmen Lundy, and is currently studying with Peter Eldridge, Luciana Souza, and Cecil Bridgewater. She has performed at Festival du Riou, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival, and opened for Herbie Hancock at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in 2003. She recently returned from Russia on tour with the Oleg Butman Trio at various venues such as Le Club in Moscow, and the Province Jazz Festival in Orenburg. She performed the Rufus Reid work Linear Surroundings with the bassist-composer in 2004.
She was accepted into Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program and performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In 2006, she was 1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. In the 2007, and 2009 she was selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, directed by Christian McBride. She served as a judge at the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition alongside Dr. Billy Taylor and Grady Tate. She returned to the Kennedy Center for the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition, where she placed 1st Runner-Up in the finals.
Charenee has performed at various venues including the Jazz Gallery and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. She appears regularly at The Zinc Bar and at various venues in the tri-state area. Her debut CD, Love Walked In, was released in July 2010.