Born: August 15, 1961
“A blend of wiry strength and ethereal charm that set her apart from the female vocalists crowding the jazz scene...Without compromising her debt to the most stringent jazz grammar, her light-against-dark phrasing revealed a love of pop and soul that gave fresh, heartfelt meaning...... Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun Times
Lenora Zenzalai Helm is a jazz vocalist, vocal musicianship coach, composer, lyricist and educator with six solo recordings, her own recording and publishing company, Zenzalai Music, and an extensive discography with some of the biggest names in jazz and contemporary music. Helm’s achievements in music have spanned more than two decades garnering her inclusion as a subject of biographical record since 2005 for Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in the World. A 2014 Salzburg Global Citizenship Program Fellow, Fulbright Senior Specialist, and former U.S. Jazz Ambassador under the auspices of the State Department and Kennedy Center, her achievements garnered accolades as “...the voice of her generation,” by Jazziz Magazine. She has appeared in renowned jazz festivals and venues worldwide, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Schomburg Center’s Women in Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festivals, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Capetown Jazz Festival, South Africa and Fiji Jazz & Blues Festival. She appears on recordings with renowned jazz musicians Andrew Hill, Stanley Cowell, Donald Brown, Dave Liebman, Ron Carter, Antonio Hart, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, has toured with Michael Franks and Freddie Jackson, and has touring, recording and performing credits in many genres — including R&B, Neo-Soul, and Pop, Theater and Opera. Her 2009 critically acclaimed Chronicles of a Butterfly CD release, produced by Branford Marsalis, was recorded live and featured pianist Mulgrew Miller. Other six recordings, her latest CD, I Love Myself When I’m Laughing was listed on Independent Ear’s 30 Recommended 2012 Record Releases amongst an esteemed list of jazz artists. Joining the distinction with her previous releases (in 2003 and 2004) garnering inclusion on the 2013 GRAMMY ballot for consideration of nomination in vocal jazz and arranging categories. In May, 2014, she was named a 2015 quarter-finalist as GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year, chosen amongst 7000 nominees....
AwardsPUBLICATIONS: 1. 2014, Paper: Two Traditions: The Three P's of Vocal jazz Pedagogy Impacting Vocal Educators, INTED 2014, (March, 2014) 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain; 2. 2014, Paper: Jazz As A Lens For Cultural Learning: Humanities Coursework in Globally Networked Learning Environments INTED 2014, (March, 2014) 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain. 3. 2014, Paper: Technology and the Humanities in a Globally Networked Classroom: A Qualitative Study of Two Courses Taught Amongst Three Countries in the Performing Arts, INTED 2014, (March 2014) Interlink Alliance Conference, 2014, From Pencils to Pixels: Pedagogy in the 21st Century, Virginia State University. 4. 2014, Chapter: Navigating the Performing Arts in a Globally Networked Learning Environment: The Case of Jazz! Born in America, Created Internationally, (forthcoming June 2014), in Global Innovation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Transgressing Boundaries (Springer), 5. 2013, Lecture, New Global Partnerships Through Online Collaborations: Results From The COIL Institute. 2013 NAFSA Conference, St. Louis, MO May 26, 2013 6. 2013, Lecture: The COIL Project @ NCCU, Multidisciplinary Symposium: Grasping the Globalization Initiative: Situating NCCU For A New Dawn in Research and Learning, March, 22, 2013. 7. 2013, Paper: Asynchronous & Synchronous eLearning: A Case Study in Globally Networked Learning Environments, 4th Annual Jazz Educator’s Conference, Atlanta, GA, January, 2013. 8. 2013 Article: Process Vs. Results: Closing The Gap Between Vocalists and Instrumentalists in JazzEd Magazine (Symphony Publishing), January 2013, pp. 30-34. 9. 2012, Paper: Asynchronous & Synchronous eLearning; Best Practices Collaborative Online Coursework. The Interlink Alliance 2012 Conference: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, March 9, 2012. 10. 2012 Paper: Asynchronous & Synchronous eLearning: A Case Study in Globally Networked Learning Environments, Future Teach Conference -Preparing 21st Century Educators as Technology Leaders, 2012, North Carolina Central University, June 2012. ARTICLES, RECORDINGS, BOOKS, ABSTRACTS, pka Lenora Zenzalai Helm 2013 Published article, Process Vs. Results: Closing The Gap Between Vocalists and Instrumentalists in JazzEd Magazine (Symphony Publishing), January 2013, pp. 30-34. 2012 Paper: Asynchronous & Synchronous eLearning: A Case Study in Globally Networked Learning Environments, Future Teach Conference -Preparing 21st Century Educators as Technology Leaders, 2012, North Carolina Central University, June 2012. 2012 Published Vocal Jazz Syllabus, University of South Africa, Pretoria, November 2012. 2012 Published Vocal Jazz Performer Readiness Guidebook, Zenzalai Music. 2012 ESPN Black History Month produced music for Promotional Campaign, Free To Be 2011 Solo Recording, I Love Myself When I’m Laughing, Zenzalai Music Records 2009 Solo Recording, Chronicles of a Butterfly, Produced by Branford Marsalis 2005 World Premiere, Journeywoman: A Work in Progress; jazz suite for voice & chamber orchestra; Merkin Hall, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City 2004 Guest Recording, Jazzpar All Winners 1990-2004 Featured guest with Andrew Hill Jazzpar Octet +1, 2003 Guest Recording, Enter My Mind, Marlon Saunders, Black Honey Records, NY 2003 Guest Recording, The Day The World Stood Still, The Andrew Hill Jazzpar Octet + 1 The Scandinavian Music Company APS 2003 Solo Recording, Voice Paintings MidLantic Records, New York, NY, Produced by David Eyges 2002 Solo Recording, Precipice, Baoule Music Records, New York, NY 2001 Guest Recording, Liebman Plays Puccini: A Walk in the Clouds, Arkadia Jazz, NY 2001 Guest Recording, Amu Tu Sonrisa, Antonio Hart, Enja 1999 Solo Recording Spirit Child, J Curve Records; J Curve Records, Cincinnati, OH. Produced by Donald Brown 1998 Group Recording, Absence of Pain, with SEPIA, Nippon Columbia, Japan 1998 Group Recording, Tribute to the Carpenters, with SEPIA, King Records, Japan 1997 Guest Recording, My Beating Heart, Jiro Yoshida, with SEPIA, King Records, Japan 1997 Solo Recording, Awakenings, Baoule Music Records, New York, NY 1994 Group Recording, Lunatic Taxi, Sixun, with SEPIA, Verve Records, Paris, France 1991 Guest Recording, Cause and Effect, Donald Brown, Muse Records, NY 1992 Guest Recording, Soul of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 3 , Cissy Houston & Chuck Jackson, Shanachie Records, NY 1990 Guest Recording, People Music, Donald Brown, Muse Records, NY RESEARCH & GRANTS 2011-13 Collaborative Online Institute of Learning Fellow, State University of New York 2007 Chamber Music America, Encore Award, Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project 2004 New Works Creation and Presentation Program for Jazz Composers, Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project 2004 Composer-in-Residence – MacDowell Colony, Petersborough, NH 2003 Meet The Composer - Meet the Composer Fund 2001 New York Foundation of the Arts – Multidiscipline Arts Education grant 2000 Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals – Cape Town, South Africa 1999 Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals – Tel Aviv, Israel PRESENTATIONS & AWARDS: 2014 Exemplary Service in Recruiting and Retention of Students,NCCU 2014 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award, Quarter-Finalist 2014 Boston University Women’s Guild Scholarship Award 2012 - Collaboration in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, NCCU 2011 - Teaching Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts, NCCU 2011 - Community Engagement & Leadership Award, College of Liberal Arts, NCCU 2010 - Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Honor Society , East Carolina University chapter, 2010 - Duke University, Mary Lou Williams Center, Voice on Voice Series, Durham, NC 2009 - Golden Key Honor Society, Graduate member/East Carolina University chapter 2008 North Carolina Central University, Exemplary Teaching award, College of Liberal Arts 2006 – 13 Who’s Who in American Women, Marquis Publishers 2005 - 13 Who’s Who in America, Marquis Publishers 2005 - 13 Who’s Who in The World, Marquis Publishers 2004 - Jazz India Vocal Institute scholarship, Bombay, India 2003 NY1 New Yorker of the Week (July 25, 2003) 2002 Top 100 Jazz CDs (Precipice) in the US – JazzWeek; 2001 Young Entrepreneur Award – Universal Jazz Coalition
I Love Myself When I'm LaughingBaoule Music
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