YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERY FIRST TIME YOU HEAR HER VOICE. Soft yet intense. At times pretty and melodic; at times raw and urging. Her vocal tone instantly captivates you, like a person you just met and five minutes into the conversation you realize you’re kindred spirits. Her musings hearken to a rich tradition while fulfilling the promise of an innovative future. This God-given voice belongs to a gifted, energetic, woman from the village of Harlem - June April.
“I remember when I was 8 years old and there was a Jazz festival on 125th Street. It started early in the morning and I made sure I got there early to get up front. I was lost in the music. The harmony, melodies, improvisation and chemistry between the musicians transported me to another world. In fact, my family had gone home, without realizing I was still there. They came back and found me still absorbed in the experience.”
Her immersion into her craft led to Classical and Jazz music studies at Syracuse University, The Manhattan School of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her Masters degree. Her journey continued, leading to opportunities to study or work with such Jazz luminaries as Lionel Hampton, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Stefon Harris and Vanessa Rubin. She has performed at famous venues throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.