Though now based in Illinois, Semenya McCord “cut her teeth” here in Massachusetts and was a critical part of the jazz scene in Boston for decades. We are blessed to have her back! Tonight she will perform with fellow musicians Frank Wilkins (piano), Dave Zinno (bass), Alvin Terry (drums), and Bobby Tynes (reeds).
- Tickets: Regular $22 ~ Senior 65+ $21 ~ Member $19 ~ Student/Child $11
Vocalist/music educator/composer Semenya earned her degree in Music Education from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Daughter of the late singer/guitarist Ken Henderson, she started her graduate study at University of Massachusetts Amherst, working with Horace C. Boyer, Max Roach, and Archie Shepp. While in Amherst, she composed 19 songs for the play “Tomorrow Has Been Here and Gone,” and composed and recorded the title song for Shepp’s Trumpet In My Soul (1975, Arista).
With Boston as her home base, McCord began performing throughout New England in 1976, developing programs and facilitating residencies featuring spirituals, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz for audiences of all ages through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Art of Black Dance & Music. She was awarded “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” by the Boston Music Awards in 1988; and received the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Award” for Musical Excellence” in 1990 from the City of Boston.Buy Tickets