Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY, Glenda began her professional singing career in June, 1992. She was a winner at The World Famous Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night in April 1993; her Quartet opened for comedian Bill Cosby at Purchase College, April 1994. Festivals: Saratoga Jazz Festival, July 1995, as exclusive vocalist with tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio’sQuartet; the Binghamton Jazz Festival, July 2010, 2011 and 2012 with the Miles Ahead Quartet with Michael Carbone, tenor sax.
New York City:The Village Gate, Birdland, Central Park Boathouse, Ashford & Simpson’s “Sugar Bar”, Saint Peter’s Church, the Red Eye Grill, Cornelia Street Café & Shelly’s. March 2010, June 2011, August 2012: Kitano Jazz Club; February 2011: Iridium Jazz Club; Somethin’ Jazz Club, March 31, 2012.
Westchester:Caramoor, Music Conservatory of Westchester, the Presbyterian Jazz Society (PJS), Mt. Vernon’s “Summer Breeze Concert Series”, Purchase College, monthly/Watercolor Café, Larchmont; Division Street Grill, Peekskill; bi-weeklyWednesdays atRed Hat on the River, Irvington-on-Hudson. Connecticut:The Silvermine Tavern/Norwalk, Hot Tomato’s/New Haven, Waterbury: Mattatuck Museum, Circa Bistro, Waterbury Country Club, Hills Golf Club; Rockrimmon Country Club, Long Ridge Tavern, Madonia’s in North Stamford; Redding Country Club, the Mattatuck Museum, Silvermine Golf Club, Il Palio’s Restaurant and Paisano’s Restaurant. New Jersey:The Cornerstone Jazz Club/Metuchen.
The proud Executive Producer of her debut CD, “Sophisticated Lady”, Glenda recently released her secondCD, “More Than You Know.” She can be heard on: Harvey Kaiser’s “The Kansas City Sound”; Jimmy Hill’s “Remembering”;Connecticut’s “The Jazz TrioAlive with Glenda Davenport” recorded live at the Silas Bronson Library; and on bassist Stephen Roane’s “Dancin’ in My Bones.”
Bill Crow, bassist:
“I was fortunate to be able to watch Glenda develop into a mature, skillful singer with depth, emotion and swing. I enjoy playing for her, listening to her and watching her delight her audiences.”
Carmen Leggio, tenor saxophone:
“I recognize that Glenda is a natural singer with a very wide range musically and vocally. She sings with nothing but feeling.”
Jimmy Hill, alto saxophone:
“A fantastic entertainer, a wide ranging explosive, yet sultry voice, and a beautiful face are the ingredients that combineto make Glenda Davenport. If you’ve seen her once, you must see her again. I love having her on my gigs.”
Performing regularly with the Hiroshi Yamazaki Trio, Glenda has performed with Don Friedman, Larry Ham, Eddie Bert, Richard Wyands, Houston Person, Sarah Jane Cion, Noriko Ueda, Benny Golson, Lou Donaldson, Jazz duo Bucky Pizzarelli & Jerry Bruno, Rick Petrone, Joe Corsello, Joe Cohn, Alan Eicher… to be continued!