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Jazz vocalist, pianist and flutist, Amanda Ekery plays a distinctive combination of traditional, contemporary and original music. The native Texan's compositions and arrangements range from greasy blues to introspective ballads. Amanda has performed at the Kennedy Center, Washington Women in Jazz Festival, Blue Room in Kansas City, Blue Note in Amsterdam, Italy, the Portland Jazz Festival and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Her music contains varied influence from Carmen McRae, Led Zeppelin, Sara Serpa, Bill Evans, and Dinah Washington.

Amanda is an award-winning composer and vocalist, being selected for the 2015 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, an international competition for young jazz composers and performers. Nationally recognized as an outstanding jazz soloist (2011), Amanda earned the Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors Outstanding Soloist Award. Amanda has also participated and performed her original work at the inaugural Amalfi Coast Music Festival Jazz Division with Sunny Wilkinson and Ellen Rowe in 2014, as well as the Keep an Eye Jazz Residency in Amsterdam where she worked with artists such as Becca Stevens and Avishai Cohen. Ms. Ekery was also honored with the Robert Cox Memorial Award at UNT for Outstanding Honors Student in the Arts and Humanities (2016).

Amanda grew up listening to classic rock in her Dad's garage, Motown at her grandma's house and the Beatles in her Mom's car. She has always enjoyed a diverse range of music and incorporates a variety of styles in her performances. She has performed pop, rock, jazz, opera and even mariachi music with the El Paso Opera Company, the El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble, NEC Gospel Ensemble, UNT Jazz Singers, UNT Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Ensembles, Naked Lunch- Steely Dan Tribute Band and the UNT Mariachi Anguilas.

Ms. Ekery received her bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies with a minor in Music Theory from the University of North Texas, graduating with honors and Magna Cum Laude. While at UNT, Amanda studied voice with Rosana Eckert, classical piano with Liudmila Georgievskaya and arranging with Richard DeRosa. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Amanda loves premiering new works that challenge and expand her arranging, composing and vocal skills. Most recently, she has released "Some Short Songs" an album of original music exploring the Lydian Chromatic Concept. Upcoming projects include The Lomax Folk Project for which Amanda is the arranger, musical director and performer, and Musical Storytelling presentations at elementary schools across the US.

Amanda is available for concert presentations, master-classes, special events, K-12 audiences, commissions, arrangements, and copyist work. Please visit the connect page for further information and inquiries.