YolanDa Brown is a saxophonist and composer.
A past student of Bancroft’s School, Beal High School and the University of Kent Business School in Canterbury, England and the University of Oviedo in Asturias, Spain. Her Undergraduate Master’s Dissertation was on “Combining SSM (Soft systems methodology) and DESM (Discrete event simulation) in an Athletics Club.” She also fronted a TV talk show on a Sky Channel and appeared in inspirational idents for BET network.(Black Entertainment Television)
She is a 2008 MOBO“Best Jazz” winner and UMA nominee. In 2009 YolanDa became the first musician to not only be nominated in the “Best Jazz” category of the MOBO’s in consecutive years, but also the first to win it two years running. In 2009 she also won “Best Jazz” at the UMA’s. YolanDa has worked with musicians such as Monty Alexander, Ramon Vallé, Michel Camilo, Hilario Duran, Dean Fraser, Byard Lancaster, Sonny Bradshaw, Otis Williams and the The Temptations along with their manager Shelly Berger.
As a solo artist/saxophonist has worked in genres from straight ahead jazz to grime, performing front and centre alongside various artists including Sway DaSafo, Bashy, Omar Lye-Fook, Soweto Kinch, Alexander O’Neal, Mica Paris, Terri Walker, Dean Fraser, Sonny Bradshaw and Desi Jones to name but a few.
In late 2008, she toured the UK, opening for The Temptations Her 19 November concert at IndigO2 at the O2 Arena, London continued her record of musically excellent and uniquely entertaining sold out events.
On 2 December 2010, YolanDa was presented with an Honorary Doctor of the Arts by the University of East London in a ceremony at the Barbican Theatre, London.
YolanDa is also a Patron of The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians,which provides outstanding progression and development opportunities to young people who demonstrate significant musical talent and commitment. YolanDa’s sophomore album is due for release in 2016.
Fine Line – YolanDa Brown
HeartBeat – YolanDa Brown
Dear John – YolanDa Brown
Yesterday – YolanDa Brown
Today Tomorrow – YolanDa Brown