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Jamie Broumas: Bio

Declared by The Washington Post to be “one of Washington’s, best-kept secrets”, jazz vocalist Jamie Broumas is an exciting and sensitive musician who possesses a rich voice and an ease of range, as well as an innovative and thoughtful sense of phrasing. Cadence Magazine has written that “Jamie always pushes the boundaries of the jazz singer label”.

One of Washington, D.C.'s leading jazz vocalists, Jamie has performed at clubs, concert venues and festivals throughout the United States. Jamie began her career in the vibrant Washington jazz scene of the 1980s, where her talent was quickly recognized by many great players and singers, notably Shirley Horn, who was an invaluable teacher and mentor at the start of Jamie's career. A former member of the Grammy-nominated jazz vocal group, Rare Silk, she was also a founding member of the Washington, D.C.-based group, Mad Romance. As a soloist, she has worked with many noted jazz musicians, including Cyrus Chestnut, Larry Willis, Herb Ellis, Billy Hart, Buck Hill, Keter Betts, Winard Harper, Bill Goodwin, and Charlie Young. In 1997, Jamie was a cast member and featured performer for WNET (Channel 13 New York) television’s Going Places: New Orleans, hosted by Al Roker. She has played in many well-known venues, including Washington's Blues Alley, The One Step Down, Strathmore Performing Arts Center (where she was named Artist-In-Residence mentor for the 2010-2011 season), The Kennedy Center, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival, and Snug Harbor in New Orleans, to name a few. She has released two CDs to critical acclaim: Jamie Broumas, Blue In Green, (featuring Cyrus Chestnut,1993); and Jamie Broumas, Wild Is Love (featuring Charlie Young, 2007). Jamie is a graduate of Vassar College (A.B. Music) and an alumna of the Berklee College of Music.