Alicia Olatuja

...a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage
— New York Times
Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail.
— Downbeat

Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014).

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz and classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey, and she later graduated with a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride.

In 2014, Alicia came to the attention of the acclaimed composer/arranger/pianist Billy Childs, and was brought on to be part of the touring incarnation of “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro” alongside vocalist Becca Stevens. The project has begun an extensive nationwide tour for the 2015-16 season in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Tallahassee, New York, and Boston.

Her voice has also entranced the legendary Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and she has recently performed with him at multiple events including the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest. In August 2016, she was the featured soloist at the Cabrillo Music Festival, performing Osvaldo Golijov’s “Oceana”, under the direction of Marin Alsop.

Alicia’s own band has been steadily in demand, having recently performed at the Jazz Standard, Vermont Jazz Center, the jazz festivals of Rochester, Saratoga, Rockport and Markham as well as the Monty Alexander Jazz Fest and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, to name a few.

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Upcoming Appearances

June 24, 2017
Allen Theatre Playhouse • Tri-C Jazz Festival • Cleveland, OH
July 6, 2017
July 8, 2017
June 21, 2017
Clifford Brown Jazz Festival • Wilmington DE
July 11, 2017
Birdland Jazz Club • New York NY
July 12, 2017
Birdland Jazz Club • New York NY
July 13, 2017
Birdland Jazz Club • New York NY
July 14, 2017
Birdland Jazz Club • New York NY
July 15, 2017
Birdland Jazz Club • New York NY
July 24, 2017
July 26, 2017
Lincoln Harbor Park • Weehawken NJ
July 29, 2017
August 27, 2017
Tompkins Square Park • Charlie Parker Jazz Festival • New York, NY
September 15, 2017
Monterey Jazz Festival • Monterey CA
September 16, 2017
SFJAZZ Center • San Francisco CA