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Third Thursdays at the Museum: Johnaye Kendrick

Harbor History Museum extends a warm welcome to Johnaye Kenrick, extraordinary jazz vocalist, composer, national performer, and associate professor of jazz voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. On May 19th from 7:00-8:30PM, join us for an evening of original songs, fresh renditions of jazz standards, and gorgeous music. 

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Johnaye Kendrick received her Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in 2005. During her studies, she received a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and performed with renowned pianist, Fred Hersch. Following her undergraduate education, she attended the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where she worked with jazz notables such as Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. Johnaye Kendrick followed her Artist's Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. 

Although she would also pursue an academic career, Johnaye Kendrick was hired by noted trumpeter Nicholas Payton to perform with the Nicholas Peyton Sextet immediately following her graduation from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Alongside her travels with the ensemble, she has also been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which won a Grammy® Award in the 2009 for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album." Her resume boasts a long list of enviable performances, including shows at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, International Jazz Festival Bern, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Gallery, and Chicago Symphony Center. 

What others say about Johnaye:

Johnaye has the potential to be a vocalist of the highest order; the likes of which we have seen seldom since the grande dames of the golden era of jazz roamed about the earth. She’s got IT!
— Nicholas Peyton
Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.
— Jimmy Heath

To learn more about this exciting performer, visit to listen to samples and see more about her latest CD release, titled "Here" on her record label, johnygirl. 

Doors for the concert open at 6:00PM. Tickets are $18 for members and $28 for non-members. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available on our Buy Tickets page or by calling the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. To find out more about Third Thursdays at the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at or 253-858-6722 ext. 5.