Adia Ledbetter

Adia Ledbetter

 Bronxville, New York, USA
BandJazzSoul

Take 2: Rendezvous With Yesterdays might rely on songs of the past, but it showcases a bright talent of tomorrow, in the form of vocalist Adia Ledbetter.
Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz.com

Currently on the CMJ Top 40

Biography

Adia Ledbetter, a native Durhamite, has been singing all her life. Starting out in church and school, she began taking voice lessons in high school. While earning a degree in Exercise and Sports Science from UNCG, she had an opportunity to travel and sing jazz with pianist Yusuf Salim and bassist Freeman Ledbetter.

In order to continue training and pursue her singing career, Adia returned to school and graduated from North Carolina Central University with degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education. Her performing experience includes opening for such jazz luminaries as Hubert Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Jimmy Heath, Grady Tate, Freddie Cole Antonio Hart and the Branford Marsalis Quartet. Most recently, Adia has studied voice under the tutelage of Lenora Zenzalai Helm and J. D. Walter.

After teaching music for one year in the Durham Public Schools, Adia is currently pursuing a Master of Jazz Studies Degree at Queens College in New York, NY.

Adia was chosen as an outstanding performer by Downbeat magazine in June 2006 and was selected to participate in the 2006 Kennedy Center Betty Carter Jazz Ahead International Jazz Residency and Performance Project. In 2007 she was listed as a “vocalist to watch” in the NC Independent Weekly. In 2008 she was chosen as an Emerging Artist by the Durham Arts Council.

Adia’s debut recording, “First Take”, features Generations, a straight ahead jazz quartet spanning two generations. She has just released her sophomore recording, “Take 2: Rendezvous with Yesterdays”. This recording features her own unique arrangements of jazz standards.

Discography

First Take 2001
Take 2: Rendezvous With Yesterdays

Set List

Jazz Standards
Originals
Soulful Remakes
Jazzy Cover Song Remakes
Jazz infused with Hip Hop