Esther Haynes
Esther, age 16, 1975
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Esther Haynes is an early jazz and American roots singer and rhythm guitarist based in the Washington, DC area. Her third album, Moon Country (2013), featuring Keith Grimes on guitar and other noted DC-area musicians, received a Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) in 2013. Her debut CD entitled Esther Haynes (2001), received a Wammie nomination, and her second release entitled Approach Note (2004) garnered favorable online reviews. She has also received 12 Wammie awards for big band/swing and jazz vocals.

Esther studied professional music and voice at Berklee College of Music, graduating summa cum laude in 1989. Among her vocal instructors have been Mili Bermejo, Maggie Scott, Bob Stoloff, Sharon Brown and the late jazz singer Pam Bricker, who also performed in the DC area.

If you would like to see Esther, you can find her every first Wednesday of the month at Laporta’s restaurant in Alexandria, VA ( where she has held a steady gig for over eleven years. She also performs with roots guitarist J.C.Veve every first Saturday at Cassatt’s ( in Arlington, VA.

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