About Us

K for Kindness, C for Charity, R for Respect

KCR Ensemble was co-founded by Charlotte Evelyn Jones and Rita Hassell in March 2000. Rita and the late Ms. Jones, an extraordinary pianist, were impressed with the video performances of the all ladies orchestra --- the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Charlotte and Rita made a commitment to re-create an all ladies orchestra from among their musical acquaintances in Chicago.

KCR Ensemble is currently a group of eleven female musicians who are committed to performing live music while maintaining their professional careers in Education, Law, and Marketing.

KCR Ensemble’s unique sound evolved from a blend of their extensive backgrounds in performing Big Band Jazz, Blues, Contemporary and Gospel music.

KCR Ensemble has been recognized in the Chicago print, radio and television media and has received prestigious awards:

--- Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine;

--- Critiqued by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Tempo Music review

--- Recipient of the WVON Radio Kwanzaa Award for Creativity;

--- Profiled on Chicago Public Radio "848" program

--- Featured in WGNTV Cover Story "Soul Sisters" by News anchor Allison Payne

--- Featured on ABC7 Morning News Show with Linda Yu / Judy Su ( Search ABC7News.com / KCR Ensemble )

--- Recipient of African American Arts Alliance Black Excellence Award -- Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Music

--- "Soul Sister" was nominated for an EMMY Award by the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

KCR Ensemble continues to perform across the Chicago Metropolitan area for numerous Corporate, Professional, Social and private events.

“We are so Inspired, We love to be Hired”

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