When Keri came to Zambia I learnt so much from her great artistry and experience both on and off stage.
Founder / Bassist
Afro RED (Jazz Band)
What the Kids Say...
Highly recommend singing lessons with Keri Chryst! She is insightful, with quick ready tips, that can be deeply engaged in too over longer periods of time too. Thank you!
Jazz Vocal Academy
Keri Chryst - Artist & Educator
Keri's dual mission as both Performer and Educator go hand in hand. She views each performances as an opportunity to share knowledge and fresh experiences with her audiences — and strives to include an element of collective creative experience in each of her educational projects.
These passions have led her to develop a full array of original curriculum for her Jazz Vocal Academy International as well as founding a France-based non-profit organization — Arts Embassy International — which lends structural support to projects for Teaching Artists such as herself.
With a Master's in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University ('98) and Bachelor's in French Studies (NU '97) plus 2 decades of experience performing, arranging, creating curriculum, and teaching around the globe — she is primed and ready to spread the jazz gospel to anyone eager to learn, in just about any language.
Cultural Ambassador - U.S. State Department - Africa (Togo, Cameroon, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Comoros, Djibouti, etc.), Europe - 2011-present
Vocalist/Actor - Sweet System jazz vocal trio - Paris, Europe - 2014-present
Vocalist/Band Leader - The French Connection - France - 2004-present
Founder - Jazz Vocal Academy International - 2004-present
Vocal Curriculum Developer/Instructor - American School of Modern Music - Paris - 2003-2010
Master's in Jazz Pedagogy - Northwestern Univ. - 1998
NAC Roster Artist - 2015-present
Jazz Vocal Academy Workshops - Chicago - 2010-present
Artist in Residence - Hastings Schools, Nebraska
Hastings College - Artist in Residence - Nov 2019
Hastings College - Blues Bros Jazz Festival - Mar/Apr 2018