Shacara Rogers

jazz @ uucss April 28, 2019 Concert

Shacara Rogers
January 2019 Jazz@UUCSS Artist Shacara Rogers

jazz@uucss is a collaboration between the UUCSS Music Committee and jazz scholar, Bertrand Uberall. Our vision is to create an affordable, listener-friendly performance venue for jazz in the DC area, create new audiences for outstanding young jazz musicians, and foster connections between UUCSS and the local jazz community.


Shacara Rogers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been singing and performing since the age of five. Her secondary instrument is the piano. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University in 2012 under Professor Jessica Boykin-Settles and continued her jazz studies with Professor Connaitre Miller as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She had been a lead soloist of Afro Blue, Howard’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, since the spring of 2010. She has also served three years as a member and soloist of the Howard Gospel Choir, and was the lead vocalist for the groups GWN (Group Without A Name) and Ebony Rose. She has performed at many different arenas with artists like Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Waters, Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Patrice Rushing, Esperanza Spalding and many others.

She was recently awarded a 2014 DownBeat Award for Graduate College Outstanding Performance: Vocal Soloist, and was a participant in the 2014 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in DC. Upon graduating with her Master of Music Degree from Howard University in 2014, she went on to become 1st runner up in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. She was also the 1st place winner of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition.

Shacara is currently an adjunct professor of music at Howard University, teaching jazz voice. Her future plans include expanding her career in music by becoming an international recording artist, and performing all over the world.