Recently noted by Dr. Billy Taylor as a .."highly imaginative, adventurous musician who .uses all of her exceptional gifts to push the envelope .", Helm brings her vocal, arranging, lyric writing and composition talents to this recording. Her third release, Precipice, features a stellar trio of notables; Stanley Cowell, piano; Tarus Mateen, bass; and Nasheet Waits, drums; and guest trumpeter, Duane Eubanks. The release has twelve selections: three of Helm's original compositions, two lyric collaborations with composer/pianist Andrew Hill and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and Helm's arrangements of jazz standards. Guest arranger/pianists Brandon McCune and Terence Conley round out the recording's samplings.
Helm is a former U.S. Jazz ambassador (1999) and with over 300 individual educational residencies and performances in the last twelve months, is a much sought after teaching artist and jazz educator. She is a vocal jazz instructor at Nassau BOCES Cultural Arts performing arts high school in Syosset, Long Island; teaches recorder and classical music appreciation for Carnegie Hall's LinkUP! program with fourth and fifth graders in NYC public schools; and provides educational performances on jazz history and residencies on jazz history and songwriting and composition to grades K-12 for Young Audiences/New York. One project of particular interest is a songwriting residency with fourth, fifth and sixth graders in the Belle Harbor School in Rockaway Queens, NY for Young Audiences, sponsored by The New York Times. You may remember Belle Harbor as the neighborhood where the American Airlines plane crashed into several homes shortly after 9/11. A collaborative residency with Studio in A School's visual artist, Connie Fenicchia, Helm is working with the students to foster positive self-expression and creativity through music.
Check Lenora's website for more info at lenorazenzalaihelm.com and a schedule of upcoming concerts, educational performances and residencies.
Baoule Music; 212/969-8756 phone; 212/645-1260 fax; P.O. Box 20085, NY, NY 10014 Baoule Music.
Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre: Tickets $12 at telecharge: 212/239-6200 or www.telecharge.com; For dinner reservations at Joe's Pub 212/539-8778 or www.joespub.com
Cape May Jazz Festival: Tickets $45 for Saturday Pass includes 9 concerts, see www.capemayjazz.org for lineup or 800 595-4849 for tickets & info.