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Around The Piano, his 2014 debut, featured original orchestral soul songs written during Jenkins' teenage years. More of his early songs were released on Tertiary, a 2017 mixtape that featured entirely self-produced music. Both projects were released several years after their inception, partially because of Jenkins pursuing higher education at prestigious arts conservatory, The Hartt School, as well as his work as a music educator in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. He also tours nationally with The Afro-Semitic Experience, and has served as musical director and arranger for legendary soul singers Betty Harris and Kenny Hamber, as well as Grammy-award winning artist Charmagne Tripp. He has collaborated with rapper Klokwize, Grammy-nominated producer Chris Davis, and shared the stage with jazz legends such as Dr. Eddie Henderson and Stanley Jordan.
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“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
His voice is butter. The rich contrast of his strong beautiful baritone against the chamber music is striking, with his voice floating like cream atop the milky string arrangements. Jenkins is an adventuresome arranger and vocalist, paying homage to the legendary Nat King Cole in his own inimitable way.