Jazz vocalist and songwriter Nadia Washington opens the 2016 Woods Hole Jazz fall series with her quartet Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30 PM in Woods Hole Community Hall. Tickets are $25. This concert is presented in partnership with JazzFest Falmouth 2016. Ms. Washington’s singing has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn, and her performances are a blend of jazz, soul, R&B and New World music. A native of Dallas, Texas and the daughter of a well- known vocalist, Ms. Washington first performed at the age of five in a church holding 5000 people. As her singing progressed, she accompanied her mother to recording sessions and performances, later being invited to join in. She attended Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where she earned two DownBeat Magazine Music Awards and an award from the National Foundation of the Advancement of Arts. Ms. Washington was selected to the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, a student group performing at Grammy events throughout the United States. She was named the Outstanding Jazz Vocalist of the 2006 Monterey Jazz Festival High School Next Generation Festival in 2006. She continued to perform while attending the Berklee School of Music, performing in venues like the BlueNote in New York and Vibrato in Bel Air, California. At Berklee in 2009, Washington played the title role in the original musical, Love and Hunger: The Life and Music of Billie Holiday, featuring special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater. She performed with jazz star Kenny Barron at her Berklee commencement in 2010. Ms. Washington now lives in New York City. She has been featured in many recordings and commercials and has performed with jazz stars such as Esperanza Spalding, Lalah Hathaway and George Duke. Ms. Washington was a background singer and songwriter for Dianne Reeves’ Beautiful Life album which received a Grammy in 2015. She performs regularly in New York and Boston, and she recently returned from tours in Europe, Cape Verde and Russia/Siberia.