"Downtown Jazz, presented by the Winston-Salem Federal Credit Union is proud to have artist Althea Rene' performing on Aug.14 as our headline performer. Downtown Jazz takes place from 6-9pm in Corpening Plaza in downtown Winston-Salem at 237 W. First Street. Link to Althea Rene’ Website –
Althea Rene’ Biography
She was born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at the tender age four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father, one of Motown's original Funk Brothers, Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.
In May 2013, she released her fifth project "InThe Flow". Collaborating with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, (producer for legendary icons George Benson and Paul McCartney) she co-wrote the title track. That single became her biggest hit and reached number one ranking on both the Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea Rene made history by becoming the first flute player in the history of Billboard Chart to reach the number one spot.
In April 2015, Althea Rene recorded her first live project. She and her rhythm section annihilated the stage of the beautiful Detroit Public Library with a free concert. Music fans from all over Michigan enjoyed a scorching hot performance. A compilation of some of her greatest hits, “Live in Detroit” is arguably her strongest work to date.
The opening act will be, Saundra Crenshaw - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Saundra-Crenshaw-Band/124258594280775?pnref=lhc
About Downtown Jazz
Downtown Jazz is free to the public. Beer, wine, food and other vendors are on-site. No outside alcohol is allowed. We encourage people to bring their own chair.
In 1998, the Summer Music Series program was created by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership in an effort to support revitalization efforts in Downtown Winston-Salem. This is the 18th season. This effort has been instrumental in the resurgence of our downtown. The popular free concerts bring live music to downtown on Friday and Saturday nights from June through August. They have become a vital part of the fabric of the city, last year bringing people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds together in a spirit of celebration. Setting the concerts in the streets and parks of downtown has provided a relaxed and safe atmosphere, and the locations also serve to showcase the architecture, shops, restaurants and galleries that are unique to Downtown Winston-Salem.
Please visit the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership website for more information on Downtown Winston-Salem."
- A Press Release