Ms. Jorganes

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Ms. J

Hello, my name is Jahida Esperanza Jorganes, but in school I go by Ms. J. Originally from New Jersey (don’t hold it against me!), I went on to earn a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from Johnson State College in Vermont. I have been teaching in public and private schools for nine years, beginning in South Florida, and now in Colorado. In addition to teaching at Larkspur, I am also a mentor for the Colorado Springs Conservatory. I love helping our younger generations find their voices as well as exposing them to as many different cultures as possible. On my off time, I enjoy playing roller derby, word games, singing Muppets songs, cooking, baking, and gardening. My roller derby team is the Danger Dolls and we play for the Pikes Peak Derby Dames! Come watch a bout at the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs!

I have performed at countless venues, including 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, as part of the Burlington Jazz Festival, singing for Veterans in South Florida, and most recently, my band Dead Red Five opened for The Fray at the Castle Rock SummerJam. My bands have also played the wonderful Tuesday Night Live series in Johnson, Vermont, Blue Jean Blues, and Revolution in Fort Lauderdale. In Colorado, I have played at The Castle Rock Star Lighting Ceremony, Castle Rock ArtFest, Cucuru Gallery Cafe, and Motif Jazz Cafe. I have also performed as a featured vocalist with many bands, including Rhythmadix, Mark Fox Quartet, PoJazz, Just War, and The Funk Collection. I 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. I also lent my voice to an album accompanying a book of poetry called Jewels. Lastly, I have been on studio albums from Just War, Rhythmadix, and Angel Ocean.


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