Chandry Abreu is a Jazz vocalist who brings her passion of music and love of singing to her listeners. A native of Seattle, Chandry received her Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Voice Performance in 2008 from the University of Washington. She earned her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College.
During her studies as an undergraduate, Chandry studied languages such as French, Italian, German, and more importantly, Portuguese and Spanish. This added to her love of singing Latin music. As a result of her classical voice training, Chandry learned to use rich and sustained sounds of romance in the jazz ballads that she performs.
Chandry was granted the opportunity to live in Paris, France in 2007. During her stay she was astounded by the immense talent of musicians from underground clubs to the streets of Paris. After she had the opportunity to perform at the well-known venue Caveau Des Oublies, Chandry reflected, “living and performing in Paris and witnessing abundant talent was humbling – it was the experience I needed to realize that I wanted my life to be devoted as a vocal performer.”
In 2008, Chandry immersed herself in the world of Brazilian Bossa Nova and found her niche in the sub-genre “Jazzinho” which translates to, “sweet little jazz music” in Portuguese. Her love of World and Latin music led her to sing vocals with the Seattle Latin band “SalsaRiba”. This Afr–Peruvian band got her started in performing various Latin music styles like romantic Cuban-style boleros and cha-cha melodies and Salsa music.
Chandry was featured as lead vocalist with the Rob Casel Trio in New York City in 2010. She is an active performer with her trio and has performed at various Jazz venues, restaurants and clubs in New York City such as Zebulon’s, Ricardo’s Steak House, Creole, Village Underground, Zinc Bar, Camaradas, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, the Garage, and Smalls and Maison Harlem.
Chandry delivers romance to the intoxicating sounds of Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova, brings swing to the rhythm of blues, and has fierce improvisation skills in scatting. She believes that her music is a story that every individual, child and adult can identify with, reminisce with, create meaningful expression, groove to, and be uplifted with! To Chandry, these are the sounds that bring people together. Chandry’s experience in early childhood education has helped her develop age appropriate pedagogy in children’s music instruction. Since 2012, Chandry has worked as an early childhood piano and voice instructor with Soyulla Artists. She has worked as a first grade teacher at Manhattan Country School. This will be Chandry’s first year joining the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music faculty.