• "Afro Blue returned to the stage to perform “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” with the song’s author, Smokey Robinson himself, on lead vocals.  I mean, really, who needs to win a silly competition when Smokey Robinson elects to sing with you on live national television?”

  • "Afro Blue is a smaller group and uses handheld mikes to create a smooth, polished, staid-ready sound - with beatboxing as well as straight vocalism given the effect, at times, of a full instrumental accompaniment."

  • "Afro Blue’s performances of “Swing Low, Swing Chariot,” “Motherless Child” and “Ain’-a-That good News!” in modern, sophisticated arrangements were dazzling, and the comparison of thematic impulses and resonances was illuminating."
  • “Other artists have been able ambassadors of D.C. Jazz over the years, but the unique televisual atmosphere of 2011 - with its endless network Sing-Offs - allows Afro Blue to capture an especially large number of hearts and minds."

Album Releases

Since its existence, Afro Blue has received numerous Student Music Awards (SMA) by the premier international publication of jazz and contemporary music, DownBeat Magazine, and members of the ensemble have been recognized for their stellar solo work. Afro Blue director, Connaitre Miller, was awarded by DownBeat, the prestigious “Jazz Education Achievement Award” and Jazz Times Magazine traced the history of Afro Blue in the feature article “How Afro Blue Happened.”


Afro Blue’s 4th CD recording, Jubilee, is a collection of…

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Listen to the Latest from Afro Blue

  1. Jubilee
  2. Ain't Misbehavin'
  3. This Can't Be Love
  4. Closer
  5. Tell Me A Bedtime Story

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