photo by: Chad Browne-Springer
In 2014, young singer Orice Jenkins independently released a collection of orchestral soul music featuring 5 of his earliest songs. At 21, he signed to Truth Revolution Records and released a critically acclaimed jazz album. His 2017 follow up to those recordings is an R&B/Hip-Hop project entitled "Tertiary: A Millennial Mixtape", completely self-penned and self-produced. This marks Jenkins' first recording with electronic production, aside from collaborations with Grammy nominated producer Chris Davis, and bi-coastal rapper Klokwize. Having also been on stage with the legendary Betty Harris, jazz great Eddie Henderson, and fusion innovator Stanley Jordan, the versatility of Orice Jenkins' career is already vast.
Orice began making music as a middle school student who's placement in a guitar class coincided with him falling in love with Hip-Hop. His first creations were rap verses and percussive beats, skills that were not introduced to the world until over a decade later. His debut project, Around The Piano: EP, which includes the highly streamed soul-ballad "Forever", was written as Orice entered high school and learned more instruments, unlocking the keys to melody and harmony. His inquisitive nature brought him to the world of jazz, and he fell in love once again, writing many of the arrangements from his 'Soar' LP before entering college at the prestigious Hartt School.
Orice recorded his first two CDs while simultaneously studying classical music, teaching at various schools in his hometown Hartford, Connecticut, and working as musical director for numerous acts in the northeast. His live shows are a vivacious mixture of original songs and arrangements of timeless standards. He also performs an educational presentation on the life and music of Nat "King" Cole as an expression of interest in jazz tradition and African-American history that began while creating Soar.
“His is a well-schooled voice, distinctive in range and pitch. And he uses this to great advantage as he crafts wonderful vocal harmonies that are slightly reminiscent of Take 6. His melodies are thoroughly lyrical and irresistible.”
-Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network
"Jenkins’ blend of unbridled emotion, rhythm and blues, soul, and local inspiration culminates into a mesmerizing and original sound."
-Art Tatta, Enjoy CT Live