Rarer than a natural blue diamond, national recording Artist Corinthia Cromwell is among the elite. She is cut from a mold unlike any other with her gifts, talents, and abilities to excel in several genres of music. She has been known to astound audiences with her skillful and passionate performances as a gospel, jazz, and R&B saxophonist, vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader. With two internationally released CD recordings and four international single releases under her belt, Corinthia has been established as one of the most anointed musicians of this era.
Her latest release, “Oh What A Night” skillfully demonstrates her recording, engineering and production abilities as she, once again, merges two different styles of music into one magnificently crafted piece of work.
Cromwell has performed on stage and in concert with some of the music industry’s most notable artists to include Grammy winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, the late Wayman Tisdale, Grammy winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut, jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows, R&B Artist Maysa Leak and K’Jon, Gospel artist Maurette Brown-Clark, the incomparable Clark Sisters, Tramaine Hawkins, and Richard Smallwood just to name a few. As a producer, she has written and produced all her music as well as music for other artists in the genre of gospel, jazz, and R&B.
In 2021 Cromwell had the auspicious opportunity to perform for the national historic landmark Carnegie Hall in New York for their outdoor series during the pandemic as well as performed for the Jazz Coalition of New York for their outdoor event the Juneteenth Jubilee 2021. This performance placed Cromwell on the stage with an all-female band that included Negah Santos, percussionist from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Kat Rodriquez from the Beyonce All-female band, Mimi Jones, Bassist extraordinaire, and several other amazing professional female musicians.
On September 11, 2021, in recognition of the 911 tragedy, Cromwell once again traveled to New York to perform at the “Jazz by the Waterfront Arts & Jazz Festival” on Governor's Island with the Kim Clarke Quintet. This concert also featured the legendary percussionist & Blue Note recording artist Joe Chambers.
One of her most notable engagements in 2019 included a 6-week residency at Two River Theater, located in Red Bank, NJ for the musical “OO-BLA-DEE” that received glowing reviews. This original work was written by Golden Globe Winner Regina Taylor, Directed by Tony Award Winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson with original music by Obie Award Winner Diedre L. Murray.
Although music is Cromwell’s true passion, she is multi-talented in the world of entertainment. In the early 90’s Cromwell received roles in major box office hits such as Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington, Reginald Hudlin’s film Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy and Robin Givens and Chris Rock’s film Head of State starring Chris Rock. She also appeared in New Image Films’ docu-film entitled “It Has Begun” by Billy Badd. Other theatrical work of Cromwell’s includes “An Afternoon of Vaudeville” in which she directed and played various roles, “A Day In The Life Nursing Home” in which Cromwell wrote as well as composed and arranged the music.
Cromwell is the co-producer of “Beauty & the Beat: Women in Jazz” with Fashion Illustrator Gwen Black. This work combines two artistic disciplines- music and art which augments the contribution of female instrumentalists, composers, and vocalists in the development of the true art form-Jazz. Cromwell, with her Band performed jazz music written by or made popular by female composers and artists during the tour while Blacks’ work consisted of an exhibit of life-size paintings of great female artists.
She has appeared in numerous magazines and publications to include Downbeat Magazine and in 2003 Cromwell was recognized as one of Black American Music’ Great Women of Jazz in a literary work by Mark Baszak entitled “Such Sweet Thunder, Views on Black American Music”.
Cromwell’s 2011 release of “Peace of Mind, Outside the Lines”, continues to receive rave reviews for the artistry and anointing of this work as this CD “seamlessly marries her twin affection for Gospel and Jazz”. “The record is actually separated into two sides-one of spiritually uplifting praise and worship, one of silky soft jazz. Think of it in terms of vinyl; flip it over and another world is waiting” says one writer from the All About Jazz publications.
Cromwell has performed on several stages to include The Kennedy Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts just to name a few. She has also performed on stage with the amazing Grammy Hall of Famer Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and three-time Grammy winning Motown recording artists The Temptations.
Several of Her self-produced music have blessed audiences from all over the world to include UK, Switzerland, Japan, Sweden, Canada and France and her single Great Day was #1 for 6 weeks in January 2016 in London.
Other accolades and accomplishments include being honored in 2008 by Senator Rice of the State of New Jersey and received the Senate Resolution for her significant contributions in the field of entertainment and honored by the NANBPWC, Inc and received the “Living Women History Makers’ Community Award in music.
Corinthia is truly an artist that is salt and light and exemplifies the true meaning of “Changing the Atmosphere”.