Teen to perform at Chicago Jazz Festival

August 27, 2009 3:36:14 PM PDT
A talented young woman plans to make jazz her fulltime job. Laura Raquel Camacho, 18, is a graduate of Jones College Prep. She has a five-week paid internship with the Chicago Jazz Institute, where she has been rehearsing with artists and learning jazz theory.

She performs daily at the South Shore Cultural Center and will appear with the Jazz Institute of Chicago on September 5.

"I cannot imagine doing anything else besides performing. I want to sing in clubs someday," said Laura Camacho.

Her vocal coach at Jones, Gaye Klopack, first spotted Camacho's vocal talent and range when Camacho was a freshman.

"She is a natural jazz singer, knows how to play with music Jazz is her love," said Gaye Klopack, vocal instructor. "She will be able to make good living from this."

Camacho also sings opera. Starting next week, she will attend Northeastern College and major in music.

On Thursday, Camacho will be featured at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as one of ten performers. She is the only vocalist. Here is one of the songs she will be singing.

"She is very unique. She wants to be a professional singer and we are glad we could support her in her effort," said Diane Chandler Marshall, Chicago Jazz Institute.

Camacho says she is a little nervous- but very excited- about the Millennium Park performance.

"My family and friends will be with me tonight," said Camacho.

Camacho has only been singing for five years.

She said even if she doesn't make it 'big' in the music industry, she hopes to always earn her living singing.

Find out more about the September 5, 2009 show at ChicagoJazzFestival.us


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