Dr. Valerie Capers is a preeminent pianist, vocalist, educator, composer, and arranger. After graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical composition and performance from The Juilliard School of Music, the first blind person to do so, Valerie undertook the next step in her musical career – learning to play jazz.
A naturally gifted musician, she has noted that dedication to the craft is necessary for success. In a Jazz Times interview with Sunsh Stein, she stated: “Developing your talent and skills is a very private and relentless thing. It doesn’t happen in a hurry. It’s very important to be organized, have discipline, and have an approach. Our ears are the most wonderful access to creativity and imagination because as musicians we hear everything, and those things get stored in some inner vault and come out in all sorts of ways we don’t expect.”
Valerie Capers - Piano
Alan Givens - Sax
John Robinson - Bass
Doug Richardson - Drums