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Brenda Earle Stokes is an internationally-recognized singer, pianist and composer who has carved a unique niche as a recording and performance artist.

She has performed as a side person with John Riley, Dick Oatts, Joel Frahm, Roxy Coss, Wycliffe Gordon, Maurice Hines and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.  She has held residences at the Kennedy Center and Banff Center for Fine Arts, was a finalist of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition and was a winner of the IAJE Sister’s in Jazz competition, identifying her as one of the top emerging jazz artists of her generation.

As a bandleader she has toured clubs and festivals across the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and has released 6 albums own her own label.

Brenda has performed for hundreds of private events, including house parties, weddings, upscale events and galas.  She has appeared at events for the United Nations, the Canadian Embassy, the Ronald McDonald House annual galas and dozens more.

Brenda Earle Stokes’musical curiosity has led her to professional work as a choral conductor, classical vocalist, church organist, off Broadway music director, early childhood music teacher and cruise ship piano bar entertainer.  These seemingly unrelated musical experiences have helped develop her versatility and fluency as both pianist and vocalist. 

“While jazz is my first love, I feel passionate about making music in many different realms.  These experiences have added depth to my performances and expand how I can support my students."

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“Stokes revs up on eclecticism, centering her jazz improvisation and pop-jazz adventures…shimmers with energetic scatting and cheery piano."

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“This music speaks to artistic sophistication while addressing the quiet comforts of the medium.”

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“Her keyboard work throughout embodies lyrical melody, deft harmonies and smart pacing…”

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“She has her own way of writing music that meshes fine with modern jazz esthetics.”

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“…the first to stand out was pianist-singer Brenda Earle, whose talent gracefully bridges jazz and pop.”

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"…a breezy delight.”

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