JAZZ SINGER, SHACARA ROGERS
Shacara Rogers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been singing and performing since the age of five. Her secondary instrument is the piano. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University in 2012 under Professor Jessica Boykin-Settles and continued her jazz studies with Professor Connaitre Miller as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She had been a lead soloist of Afro Blue, Howard’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, since the spring of 2010. She has also served three years as a member and soloist of the Howard Gospel Choir, and was the lead vocalist for the groups GWN (Group Without A Name) and Ebony Rose. She has performed at many different arenas with artists like Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Waters, Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Patrice Rushing, Esperanza Spalding and many others.This is Shacara’s first season with Chamber Dance Project.
Shacara is currently an adjunct professor of music at Howard University, teaching jazz voice. Her future plans include expanding her career in music by becoming an international recording artist, and performing all over the world.
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GUEST SINGER AND PIANIST, BARRY GURLEY
Barry Gurley was named “Washington’s Best Pianist/Vocalist” by Washingtonian Magazine. He has appeared in countless venues from Washington’s Blues Alley, The Bilboquet in Paris (solo), to The Monterey Jazz Festival and NYC’s The Blue Note (with vocal group Mad Romance). His music is a blend of traditional Swing, R&B and Latin rhythms with a vocal and harmonic touch that is uniquely his own. Music Critic Reuben Brown called Barry Gurley’s Blues Alley performance “One of the most passionate, swinging sets of music I have ever heard.” This is Barry’s third season with CDP.
GUEST BASSIST, SCOTT GIAMBUSSO
Bassist, Scott Giambusso, is a long time DC musician working with artists ranging musically from Chuck Berry to Charlie Byrd. Currently he is working as a sideman to the fabulous Julia Nixon. Playing upright and electric bass, he has just celebrated 20 years as an adjunct faculty member of Montgomery College as the jazz bass instructor. This is Scott’s first season with Chamber Dance Project.
GUEST PIANIST, SOPHIA KIM COOK
Born in Montréal, Canada Sophia Kim Cook pursued piano studies first at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and finishing at McGill University, Schulich School of Music, receiving both her Bachelors with Honours and Masters of Music there. Described as a ‘a steadying presence at the piano’ (Washington Post) and a ‘virtuostic piano backbone’ (DC Arts Beats), Ms. Kim Cook is a sought out collaborative pianist and orchestral pianist, having played for a myriad of soloists and ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. She is also collaborative pianist for many conferences and workshops including the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the American Trombone Workshop, the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and the Fredericksburg Brass Institute. In 2018, she joined the Boulanger Initiative as a Performance Ambassador promoting works by women composers. Sophia was invited to record a CD with the principal trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony, Timothy Higgins which was released in the spring 2013. “To talk about the trombone or the pianist individually doesn’t do this recording justice. Their collaboration transcends to another level of beauty and artistry. Absolutely Breathtaking.”