Vocals – Jazz Camp Week 2, Advanced Package
ith wide-ranging influences such as Bjork, Dianne Reeves, Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell, Walter Hawkins and Cassandra Wilson, jazz and gospel vocalist Valerie Troutt is a tremendously creative Bay Area artist, and SJW is very happy to welcome her to the Jazz Camp faculty.
Valerie’s latest project, The Sound of Peace, borrows from the past and gives to the future. With half of the songs being jazz standards innovatively reimagined for contemporary audiences and the other half originals penned by Valerie herself, the work is an overture for social change and self-acceptance. The project features Garian Gray and Jaz Sawyer on drums, Raoul Paralez on electric bass, and David Yule on upright bass.
Valerie is highly involved with collaborations between the Embodiment Project — for which she serves as Artistic Director — and many other Bay Area organizations, including the Oakland Public Conservatory, the Museum of African Diaspora, and the Higher Ground Neighborhood Corp. She performs with and composers for a number of groups, including MoonCandy, and trumpeter Marcus Poland’s group, The Congress.
Troutt has performed at famed venues in New York and the Bay Area, including SOBs, The Knitting Factory, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Laurel Street Fair, The Mint L.A., CODA Jazz Supper Club, and the Art ‘n’ Soul Festival. She has shared stages and collaborated with major recording artists like Les Nubians, Jennifer Johns, Maria Muldaur, Kimiko Joy, and Sister Monica Parker. She has recorded with modern composers like Gregory Del Piero, Emanuel Ruffler, Howard Wiley and Jaz Sawyer. For nearly two years, she also served as a principle singer in La Pena – Ayer, Hoy y Pa’Lante, an original suite of music by three-time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace, with libretto by Aya de Leon. She has also performed extensively with Linda Tillery’s Cultural Heritage Choir.