Kemba Cofield captures the essence of every song she sings by painting a colorful portrait
with each lyric, sharing her story that encompasses her joys and pains. She eagerly leads
us through a path that celebrates the past and present with sensuality and richness. Her
crisp articulation shines through to her soul; and it isn't until then, that we really meet
Kemba Cofield: the internationally known jazz vocalist, recording artist, writer,
composer, talent extraordinaire.
"I don't just consider myself a vocalist but a storyteller," she says. "If I'm talking about
love, I convey that emotion to the audience." This passionate display of musicianship has
entertained diverse audiences nationwide including performances at some of the finest
venues such as the Philadelphia Museum, Atlanta's prestigious High Museum and the
New York's Historic Lenox Lounge. Kemba's vocal skills have offered her the opportunity
to share the stage with the Zapp Band, Midnight Star, Bernard Linnette, Don Braden, The
Aaron Goldberg Trio, Takana Miyamoto, Rodney Jordan, Freddie Cole, Rene Marie, and
other famed musicians and jazz greats.
The independent premier release of Shades of Kemba in 2005 sustained Kemba Cofield's
place in the music industry. Shades of Kemba matched her powerful resonance with her
influential personality, depicting her growth into an established jazz artist. Her first
project was completed with collaborations with Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Marcus
Printup, Reginald Veal, Doron Johnson and Alvin Atkinson. Since the release of her
sophomore album, Kemba Cofield Live in Atlanta, Kemba has had an amazing career
headlining the 2008 Atlanta Jazz Festival, the National Black Arts Festival and performing
at Lincoln Center, the world's leading jazz performing arts center.
The Kemba Cofield's Quintet is made up of Atlanta's finest jazz musicians. Tyrone Jackson,
Kinah Boto, Reggie Hines, and Dennis Springer. Each of these amazing musicians has a
resume of prestige and grandeur.
Tyrone Jackson (Piano)