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Emme Kemp, Pianist And Vocalist
June 26, 2008

Chicago born Emme Kemp, a three-year-old piano prodigy, studied at Northwestern University and the Berklee School of Music. Before coming to New York, Emme spent time in Northern California where she coached with the eminent pianist Egon Petri. Moving eastward she played Las Vegas and New York Waldorf Astoria - Peacock Alley, for two years. Other New York locales included the St. Regis Hotel, Rainbow Room, and numerous college campuses. Kemp’s repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles, and she is multi-talented. As a Bandleader, Broadway Composer, Pianist and Vocalist, Ms. Kemp independently produced her own original songs and music, which are featured on her latest CD Try A Little Tenderness

On November 2005 The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning presented works of Queens’ Women Composers/performers from Billie Holiday to Julie Mandel. Kemp participated as pianist and vocalist in the debut performance of her lush and outstanding “First Awakenings Jazz Ballet,” and a performance with the Carol Sudhalter Astoria Jazz Band.

Along with performing and composing, Kemp has been an active member of the David I. Martin Music Guild. Inc. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ASCAP, among other organizations. The New York Times has commended her for having "an unusually sensitive understanding" of her art!

In January 2007, Ms. Kemp was featured in Chicago jam-session scenes with Sean Penn, in the Woody Allen film Sweet and Lowdown, which was included in “Essentially Woody” At the Film Forum Movie House.

Share in the vibes as the National Jazz Museum in Harlem honors an unsung heroine of American music.

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