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Fine & Mellow: Ekep Nkwelle Quartet
Ekep Nkwelle is a 23-year-old Cameroonian-American vocalist and songwriter. Born in Washington, D.C., she began her musical journey while studying classical voice and jazz performance at Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in 2021, studying jazz voice under the tutelage of vocalist Christie Dashiell. Ekep’s years of musical training have led her to the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York, where she studies under Charenée Wade to receive a master’s degree in jazz voice in 2023. She has been blessed to perform at many venues and events, including the Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club, DC Jazz Fest, Tri-C Jazz Fest, and International Jazz Day.
The NAC Fine & Mellow Jazz Concert Series is presented in collaboration with the the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.