Powerful, soulful, passionate. These are just a few words to describe Jahida Esperanza's performances. Spanning across all genres from jazz, funk, rock, soul, to folk and latin, Jahida takes each song and imbues it with a strong sense of self and storytelling.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1979, this Puerto Rican and Cuban songstress went on to earn a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from Johnson State College in Vermont. Now based out of Colorado, Jahida Esperanza is a performing arts teacher at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy. She loves helping our younger generations find their voices as well as exposing them to as many different cultures as possible.
Jahida has performed at countless venues, including opening for the band The Fray in the 2019 SummerJam series with her band Dead Red Five, in addition as a featured vocalist with the FIU Jazz Big Band for the last show at the famed Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, Dibden Center for the Performing Arts, The famous Warren, Vermont Fourth of July Parade with Jennifer Hartswick and The Funk Collection, The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Vermont Pub and Brewery as part of the Burlington Jazz Festival. Her bands have also played the wonderful Tuesday Night Live series in Johnson, Vermont, Blue Jean Blues, and Revolution in Fort Lauderdale. In Colorado, Jahida has played at The Castle Rock Star Lighting Ceremony, ArtFest, Jack Quinn's, The Speedtrap, Crowfoot Valley Coffeehouse, Cucuru Gallery Cafe, and Motif Jazz Cafe. She has also performed as a featured vocalist with many bands, including Rhythmadix, Mark Fox Quartet, PoJazz, Just War, and The Funk Collection. Jahida also originated a vocalist role in the fantastic Freed-Yorick Theater Ensemble's performance piece Voices, singing the solo pieces "Hold Fast to Dreams" and "Night Funeral in Harlem", and as a member of its national tour. Jahida Esperanza has also been on albums from Just War, Rhythmadix, and Angel Ocean.
Jahida Esperanza hopes to be heading into the studio to record her debut album!
Her audience has said:
"[Jahida songs are] wonderfully phrased, voice pours out like cream from a pitcher. Sweet, sweet spirit."
"Equal parts pathos and playfulness, she evokes a sense of deep experience yet lightheartedness. Everything about her; her voice, style and song choice, is a perfect mix of classic and contemporary."
"A truly delightful combination of power and grace. Passion and elegance. Simultaneously, this is what love and pain sound like."
"I cried and the hairs stood up on my arms when I heard her sing."
"Sings from the heart."
Don't miss your chance to see her!