People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 1

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2017! Below is a clip from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the clips we post between now and September will include stories and music from musicians who live locally, but have performed all over the world. Tom Van Buren, of ArtsWestchester, co-produced the interviews. Check out the Jazz Fest 2017 webpage for tickets and more information about all the great music happening September 13-17, 2017.



Glenda Davenport
Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Glenda Davenport was a winner at The World Famous Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night in April 1993. She has since performed with such jazz luminaries as Bucky Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Benny Golson, and Lou Donaldson. Glenda has played at the Saratoga Jazz Festival and as an exclusive vocalist with tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio’s Quartet, as well as at the Binghamton Jazz Festival with the Miles Ahead Jazz Quartet. Glenda Davenport’s impact has been described as “a mature, skillful singer with depth, emotion and swing… If you’ve seen her once, you must see her again.” (from

Glenda will be singing with the Hiroshi Yamazaki Ensemble on Wednesday, September,13 at Downtown Music at Grace Church, as part of White Plains Jazz Fest 2017.







We will be posting new clips from oral histories with local musicians between now and September. Here’s a link to interviews from Jazz Fest 2016.

Categories: Local History and Oral History.