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Michelle Jacques

Founder/artistic Director
Oakland, ca.
Michelle Jacques is the Artistic Director/founder of the CHELLE! and Friends New Orleans band and JUKE JOINT a cappella ensemble. Both bands specialize in performing the music of New Orleans where "CHELLE" was born. As well as a touring artist, Michelle performs educational programs for the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music, artist-in-residence at Jose Ortega Elementary School and LEAP...Imagination in Learning, interactive arts education programs/workshops at Stern Grove, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, children's monthly summer concerts for Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, conducts for the Oakland Youth Chorus, and lecturer at University of San Francisco on music standards in education K through 8th grade for teachers. Michelle also teaches at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp.

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, Kepa Junkera, and soundtrack for the Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2010 movie “La Mission” with Benjamin Bratt, vocalist with Greg Landau’s La Mission Band.