On October 4th, the jazz community and music lovers everywhere celebrated British saxophonist YolanDa Brown’s birthday. 2023 has been an exceptional chapter in her already distinguished musical journey. A pinnacle moment occurred in March when King Charles bestowed upon her the prestigious designation of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace, a testament to her significant contributions to music, music education, and broadcasting.
The royal accolade came on the heels of her stellar performance at the Commonwealth Day ceremony at Westminster Abbey, where she enchanted the attendees, including the King, with her saxophone renditions. The recognition was not just a personal triumph but a cherished moment shared with her family and the broader community she tirelessly serves through her music and educational endeavors.
Adding another feather to her cap, 2023 saw YolanDa Brown spearheading a thrilling new venture, the ‘Soul Mama’ restaurant and music venue in London. Through a successful fundraising campaign, she garnered a whopping $313,000, underscoring the fervent support and anticipation that surround her innovative projects. This venture not only amplifies her entrepreneurial spirit but underscores her commitment to creating vibrant spaces where music and community converge
Congrats and Happy Birthday YolanDa!