When you think of the violin, you may immediately think of orchestras and symphonies, yet the violin has been a very prominent instrument in the world of Jazz. Artists like Regina Carter, Noel Pointer, Eddie South and the first lady of Jazz Violin Ginger Smock (among others) have shown just how Jazzy you can get with a violin. Brooke Alford, The Artist of the Violin is one of today’s stand-out contemporary jazz violinists. This Aberdeen, North Carolina native who calls Atlanta, GA home is blazing the airwaves with her 2021 Smooth Jazz single release “SHINE” and her latest 2022 single “New Day”. Both songs will be featured on her highly anticipated 5th CD.
A Smooth Jazz Charting Artist and Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Listee, Brooke Alford, The Artist of the Violin is an artist who consistently strives for excellence all-round. Since the start of her professional career in 2007, Brooke has independently released 1 LP and 2 EPs under her company and label, Alford Enterprises & Entertainment Group, LLC. Her second CD, “The Viosocalist” EP was produced and released under The Platinum Crown Music Independent label. Brooke’s official national radio debut occurred in 2018 with her Smooth Jazz single, “Closer” featuring award-winning International Recording Artist Bob Baldwin. Brooke’s body of work encompasses a fresh and creative blend of Smooth Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Western European Classical, and more.
Opening for some of the best musical artists and entertainers in the industry has catapulted Brooke’s career to outstanding heights thus far. These notable artists and entertainers include The Whispers, Mint Condition, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Marcus Johnson, India.Arie, Tony, Toni, Tone`, and the late iconic Comedians Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory. She has also recorded with Saxophonist Marcus Anderson and Chante Cann, and has shared the stage with Julian Vaughn, Alex Bugnon, Ryan Kilgore, and several others in the Contemporary Jazz arena.
Brooke is a Mark Wood Violins International Teaching Artist and Wellness Coach. Knowledge is key for Brooke. She is a Florida State University College of Music alumna who holds a B.M. in Violin Performance. Brooke has been working with young string players in various string programs around the country and one-on-one since 2002. As a Wellness Coach, Brooke has been educating musicians, creatives, professionals, and families through her home-based business New Horizons since February 2021. Having experienced the transition of her Beloved Father Dr. Vernon R. Alford Jr. from gastrointestinal cancer in 2020, Brooke was inspired to launch New Horizons to present solutions and awareness for many of today’s societal health concerns.
Brooke launched her newly renovated Violin and Viola Studies Program in 2020 as a response to the to school string music programs completely stopping. The shutdowns occurred, but this did not take away students’ eagerness to continue learning and playing their instruments. To bridge this gap, The Brooke Alford Violin and Viola Studies Program was born to access students not only in the metro-Atlanta area, but nationally and internationally as well.
Outside of her professional ventures, Brooke is an advocate of harmonized wholistic living, yoga, Earth food, planet care, and physical fitness (strength training and HIIT). She loves to read, learn, work with the youth, laugh, bask in nature and the sun, seek greater knowledge of self, spend time with her loving family, and prepare tasty, vegan cuisine.
More information and Brooke’s music can be found on her website, all major digital music streaming platforms, and her social media pages (@balfordviolin)!
Matt Vanacoro is a graduate of Manhattanville College’s music program and NYU’s prestigious Music Technology program, and is a skilled pianist and composer with a strong background in contemporary music and jazz. Always a dynamic performer, Matt has studied jazz piano and guitar with New York Jazz Legends Charles Blenzig and Jay Azzolina.
Matt has integrated his love of composing and theory with his keyboard skills to craft the perfect fit for a myriad of live situations. He has performed, recorded and collaborated with local and national touring acts up and down the east coast in a range of styles from pop sensation Aaron Carter, NY jazz vocalist Amy Regan, Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater, Mark Rivera of Billy Joel and numerous others.
His music has been featured in television and film, from Oprah Winfrey’s television show to films by Lionsgate. Matt’s biggest influences as a musician are Trey Anastasio of Phish, Chick Corea and Al DiMeola of Return to Forever, and Herbie Hancock / Thelonious Monk. He endorses Nord Keyboards, Traveler Guitars, Gator Cases, Morely Wah Pedals and Source Audio distortion pedals.