Michelle Jacques at Latham Square
Michelle Jacques is the Artistic Director/founder of the CHELLE! and Friends New Orleans big band and CHELLE’S JUKE JOINT Acappella Ensemble, Michelle Jacques Jazz Quartet, a Governor on the Board of The Recording Academy, San Francisco chapter and the music Director of the Select Ensemble at the Oakland School for the Arts.
Michelle is also a founding member of the “Street Sounds” a cappella quintet. Michelle has toured throughout the United States and Europe performing with and alongside many well known artists including: Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Linda Hopkins, Ladysmith Black Mambaza, Pete Seger, Al Greene, and The Persuasions. Michelle also performed in Geneva, Switzerland, for the United Nations World Conference of Human Rights, the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Gurten Music Festival, and The Berne Jazz Festival.
Michelle’s credits include: recipient of the City Of Oakland, Individual Artist grant for 2008, winner of the 1992 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) for “Best Folk/Progressive Song”, “Home Africa”, studio recordings with the renown Grammy Award winning producer Greg Landau for Pamela Rodriguez, Susana Baca, and soundtrack for the Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2010 movie “La Mission” starring Benjamin Bratt.