Elena Sonenshine (also known as just Elena),

vocalist, arranger, lyricist, composer. Born in Brno, Czech Republic. After finishing high school she moved to Prague to study the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory of Music (1989-1994). Elena was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she furthered her music studies.

Elena’s work in modern jazz started in 1992, when she began performing in Prague’s jazz clubs as a guest vocalist with various trios and quartets. Soon went on to found her own band, Jocose Jazz. The band includes guitar, vibraphone or piano, double bass and drums. Jocose Jazz plays mainly original compositions as well as its own arrangements of standards and jazz versions of folk songs. Elena has been performing regularly with Jocose Jazz since 1996.

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