LaFrae Sci & Quintet Groove Diplomacy Celebrate Women’s History
In celebration of Women’s History Month and fresh on the heels of their Guatemalan Womens’s empowerment concert tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department, LaFrae Sci & Quintet Groove Diplomacy will play pieces highlighting the achievements of great women of blues and jazz including Bessie Smith, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mary Lou Williams. This show will offer the audience the opportunity to interact with the band in song and conversation.
Quintet Groove Diplomacy is:
LaFrae Sci – Drums
Nicki Denner – Piano
Camille Thurman – Saxophone
Jennifer Vincent – Bass
About LaFrae Sci
LaFrae Sci is an internationally sought composer, drummer and educator who teaches at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is also a founding teaching member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in N.Y.C. As a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, she has taught master classes and performed in more than 30 countries. This experience led LaFrae to develop and launch the NGO Groove Diplomacy, whose mission is to create youth engagement programs internationally using musical expression as a vehicle to empower, ignite, heal & create mutual understanding.
LaFrae has played drums for The Burnt Sugar Arkestra, The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, Valerie June, Keziah Jones, Sandra Bernhard, Eli Yamin, Vernon Reid, Kelis, Nancy Sinatra (w/ Morrissey) & blues greats Jr. Mack and Pinetop Perkins, as well as Irene Cara, Bumblefoot, Cyndi Lauper, Reuben Wilson, Rachel Z, Kelis and Dr. Lonnie Smith.