She is a resident of San Antonio, Texas. Althea René was born on December 25th in Detroit, Michigan and she began her musical journey at the tender age four years old. Her father was one of the original “Funk Brothers” of Motown. For more than 10 years she worked as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (in Detroit, Michigan) during the day and performed in jazz clubs at night. Collaborating with Grammy award-winning producer Michael Broening, she co-wrote “In the Flow” and made history with the first flute-featured single to be ranked “number one” on the Billboard and Smooth Jazz charts. She has performed in many countries around the world including South Africa, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, Dubai, and The Caribbean. Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Najee playfully refers to her as the “Maceo of the flute”.
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WHAT IS THE ALTHEA RENE SOUTH CENTRAL JAZZ FEST?
Colors & Song and the Strong Group aim to bring an energetic and sophisticated jazz music experience to the city of San Antonio. She has spent years establishing relationships with world-renown jazz artists that are eager to share their music with the Alamo City. Event attendees will enjoy concerts from several spectacular performing artists.
WHAT CAN PATRONS EXPECT AT THE SOUTH CENTRAL JAZZ FEST?
An amazing line-up of talented jazz artists will grace the beautiful stage of a historic military airplane hangar on Saturday, October 15th. The Alamo City is home to four proud U.S. military bases. Priority seating and general admission attendees will enjoy delicious foods from local food trucks as Soul-Jazz Flutist Althea Rene, Saxman Marcus Anderson, and vocalist Tracey Hamlin deliver an amazing evening of music.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL JAZZ FEST?
With a passion to educate, entertain, and inspire people with music and art, Colors and Song promotes academic excellence and social justice via a wide range of activities. Endeavors that involve creative imagination and an aim to express technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, and/or conceptual ideas. We create opportunities for people to improve themselves by learning other cultures and different points of view. Our organization’s focus is to promote goodwill, civic, and social awareness to the community.