Tribe Jazz Orchestra

Tribe Jazz Orchestra

The Tribe Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble of musicians led by Lenora Helm Hammonds (p/k/a as Lenora Zenzalai Helm) with a unique approach to the music of the big band tradition. With a diverse amalgam of the top men and women performers in Jazz today, the instrumentation features a combination of jazz orchestra and modern chamber ensemble to bring a swinging and soulful concert full of groove and excitement covering many styles. In certain settings, subsets of the group perform under Lenora’s baton as Members of the Tribe Jazz Orchestra.

The members have performed together in various configurations and have appeared in noted concert halls and international music festivals in The United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.  Lenora and the Members of the Tribe Jazz Orchestra are internationally acclaimed concert performers. Lenora has six previous commercial recordings and has performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz leading her groups in renowned jazz festivals and venues worldwide, including Jazz Standard, NYC, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Club Coca Cola Women’s Jazz Festival, Schomburg Center’s Women in Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festivals, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Cape Town Jazzathon, South Africa, Fiji Jazz & Blues Festival, NCCU Jazz Festival, and the Art of Cool Jazz Festival, Durham, NC.

Her creative practice includes being a performing musician while educating emerging artists in jazz as the Director of the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Assi

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  • FOR THE LOVE OF BIG BAND; LENORA ZENZALAI HELM & TRIBE JAZZ ORCHESTRA®. (middle name pronounced Zen-ZAAAAAY-Lay) A woman-led big band of women and men; a live concert recorded in the historic Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC. The project was funded by over 100 backers on Kickstarter and Eventbrite. All Concert Photography by Chi Brown Album Title: For the Love of Big Band Album Artist: Lenora Zenzalai Helm & The Tribe Jazz Orchestra Record Label: Zenzalai Music LLC @2020. RELEASED MARCH 9, 2020 CD liner notes: Stream and Download links here: Buy autographed copies at Visit 3. Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) (6:39) Music: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jessie Cavanaugh; Lyrics: Jon Hendricks, Vinicius de Moraes; Arranger: Brian Horton soloists: Ira Wiggins, flute; Dorien Dotson, drums; Lenora Z. Helm, voiceEd Paolantonio, piano; Baron Tymas, guitar; Ameen Saleem, acoustic bass; Dorien Dotson, drums Publishers: Corcovado Music Corporation, Sociedad General De Autores De Espana S G A E, VM Enterprises Inc.

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