Jazz & Blues
FRI, NOV 1, 2019

blackbox @ the edye: Brenna Whitaker

The Broad Stage - The Edye


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Welcome to the hottest club in town! Following a sold-out inaugural season, blackbox @ the edye is back with an all new lineup of under the radar jazz & blues artists. The Reverend Shawn Amos and the house band will perform at select blackbox @ the edye shows. 

About the Artist

Raised in Kansas City, Brenna Whitaker fell in love with singers from an era long-ago. “Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Cab Calloway, Etta James – those are my people,” says the LA-based vocalist. “I don’t know how I ended up knowing so many of their songs and standards. It’s almost like they found their way to me, like I’m from another time.” Her “larger-than-life stage presence and haunting vocals” landed Brenna a recording contract with Verve/Universal Records, and her debut self titled album was produced by the legendary David Foster. Brenna is featured on the 2015 album We Love Disney, and was a featured singer on Andrea Bocelli’s tour. She is hard at work on new music, and touring the world with The Brenna Whitaker Little Big Band.

Program notes available here.

Brenna Whitaker Talks Musical Inspirations with All Access Music

After moving from the New York theatre scene, Whitaker came to Los Angeles and has successfully established herself as a jazz artist. In this interview with All Access Music, Whitaker speaks of her musical inspirations, her cameo on the Disney Collection album and what she hopes others will take from her music. Read more here

Cliché Magazine Asks Whitaker How She First Got Into Jazz

Brenna Whitaker explains her love of live music and theatre which drew her to jazz. Jazz’s appeal also resonated deeper with its ability to let Whitaker have a “sense of humor” and “tell stories in a clever way” that she could not always do with acting. Read all about her beginnings here.

Jazz & Blues at The Broad Stage made possible by a generous gift from Richard & Lisa Kendall. 

blackbox @ the edye at The Broad Stage is made possible by a generous gift from Ann Petersen and Leslie Pam.  


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