Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
With Special Guests Brianna Thomas, Michela Lerman and Vuyo Sotashe / Kyle Poole on Drums / Mathis Picard on Piano
Selected Video Clips featuring Key Performers
(Go to YouTube for more examples of these incredibly talented vocalists and musicians.
Michael was born in Siera Leone, Africa, migrated to London, England, and now lives New York City.
Michael Mwenso and Brianna Thomas explaining scat singing
Female Vocalist: Brianna Thomas
Brianna was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, before moving to New York City
Interview and Sound Clips
Live Jazz at Lincoln Center
Male Vocalist: Vuyo Sotashe
Vuyo was born in South Africa, before moving to New York City
Drums: Kyle Poole
Kyle is from Los Angeles. He moved to New York City to study music, and stayed.
Tap: Michela Lerman
Enjoy this 3-minute clip of Michela Tap dancing
Enjoy this clip of Michela (“Playing tap dancing like it’s an Instrument”) with vocalists Mike Mwenso, Vuyo Sotashe and other members of “The Shakes”
Piano / Keys: Mathis Picard
(Jump to about 4:15 to hear Mathis. Video also includes drummer Kyle Poole.)