Coniece Washington, Jazz Vocalist

CONIECE WASHINGTON

Washington, D.C. based vocalist and producer Coniece Washington sings with heart and soul, captivating audiences with her distinctive, sultry and sweet stylings. In her ascending career, she has uniquely reinterpreted many standards while honoring the legacy of the vocalists who influence and inspire her: Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, and Carmen McRae.

The accomplished vocalist is well-versed in many genres - from jazz to blues to pop, and everything in between. She is a former member of the renowned Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel Choir and currently leads a number of ensembles featuring prominent jazz musicians from the region. She has begun songwriting and her holiday song, “Snow Covered Stars,” has received radio play.

A sought-after vocalist in the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis triangle, she has been well-received in venues such as Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Twins Jazz, The Carlyle Club, Mr. Henry’s, The Other Barn, The Georgetown Ritz Carlton, The Henley Park Hotel, Café Agape, Jazz Night at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Blues Alley. She performed at popular Baltimore venues An die Musik and Germano’s Piattini, prompting Dr. Renee Allen of WLVS Radio to say, “Coniece Washington sent chills throughout her audience.” She has performed at The Big Easy and other events in New Jersey. Her increasingly popularity has led to performances at the D.C. Jazz Festival, the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Annual Preservation of Jazz Festival.

Washington self-produced her 2019 album, Shades of Shirley Horn, which debuted on the Top 50 Jazz Album Charts, Roots Music Report’s Top 30 and the North American College & Community Chart. The album received outstanding reviews from many media outlets such as Midwest Records, Jazz Weekly, The Jazz Page, Cadence Magazine and Bebop Spoken Here (UK).

In addition to being a vibrant entertainer, Washington is a skillful and creative producer. She has developed programs such as a Black History Program for Montgomery County Government, a Great Gatsby Show for the Fort Myer VA Officer’s Club and the Annual Awards Entertainment Show for AMVETS Post 8. In 2020 she was contracted to produce the awards show for the American Legion Blake-Blackston Post #77 in Easton, Maryland. She has also performed in Easton’s Avalon Theatre. Stay tuned for upcoming programs on Maryland’s Eastern Shore!

Washington graduated from community college in her native Trenton, New Jersey as a certified dental assistant. In 1976 she joined the U.S. Army, where her vocal talent and passion for music were deepened and refined. While serving in the U.S. and Europe, she performed in night clubs and other venues during off-duty hours. She concurrently earned a master’s degree in human resources from Central Michigan University and was certified as a rehabilitation counselor. She retired from a managerial position at the Washington, D.C. V.A. Medical Center giving her more time to focus on her music. Honing her vocal skills, she studied jazz vocals with pianist Vince Evans. She is currently studying opera and jazz with Dr. Nakia Verner of Prince George’s Community College.

Her love for music was nurtured from an early age at her grandmother’s church, where she sang with the choir and other groups. Another lasting influence came from her uncle, Willie Vereen, who served in the Marine Corps as an entertainer. She met many local singers and dancers at his parties and events. She carries the baton in her own career with the goal of presenting the Great American Song Book with authenticity and integrity.

Previous events

Jul18

A Great Gatsby Affair

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Cafe Mezzanotte , 760 Ritchie Hwy, Ste N1 , Severna Park, MD 21146

Guests are invited to wear their best 1920’s or 1930’s attire. There will be a prize for the best dressed. Musicians: Pianist Aaron Hill, Bassist Dave Marsh, Drummer Nick Costa, Trumpeter Thad Wilson. Guests enjoy a wide selection of wines and Mediterranean cuisine. Dine in the beautiful OUTSIDE and SPACIOUS setting.

$30.00 General Admission Plus $1.60 Fees

Billie Holiday Tribute& Birthday Virtual Show

An Die Musik, St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Billie Holiday Tribute & Birthday Celebration. With Pianist Pete Frassrand, Bassist David Marsh and Drummer Nick Costa . Fabulous trumpeter and renowned band leader Thad Wilson will be on the gig. It’s going to be a great night! Also performing are vocalist Marcia Baird Burris and poet Seth Washington. I’ll see you there - it’s going to be a perfect way to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

$10.00

Oct31

Jazz@Wesley Virtual Concert Featuring Coniece Washington

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Wesley United Methodist Church, Jazz At Wesley, 5312 Connecticut Ave NW, , Washington, DC 20015

Jazz@ Wesley Black & Silver FB Live Masquerade Party /Show on Saturday October 31st at 6:30PM. So looking forward to this event and hope you will join me. The event is FREE BUT DONATIONS ARE WELCOME. FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT ACCESS LIVE STREAM VIA https://www.facebook.com/nationalmethodistchurch/ SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST. Pianist William Knowles, Bassist Wes Biles, Drummer Jc Jefferson and Guitarist David B. Coles.

Jun28

FREE Class Act and V& P Magazine Celebration of Black Music Concert the FB Live or Zoom.

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FB Live and Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93830974251…

Sunday June 28th! Join the voice of Class Act and V& P Magazine, other artists and myself for a FREE Concert Celebrating Black Music Sunday 4PM -6PM via the FB Live or Zoom. I am the second performer on the schedule. https://zoom.us/j/93830974251

Mar21

Producer and Entertainer for the American Legion Post # 77 100th Anniversary Celebration

Easton Maryland