Caili O’doherty

Caili O’Doherty is a Portland native. She has won national awards from Downbeat Magazine for her jazz composition and performance, as well as the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award. Caili O’Doherty was originally trained as a classical pianist. However, she was exposed to many musical styles and discovered her love of jazz when she moved to a performing arts school at the age of 11. On a full scholarship, she attended Berklee College of Music Boston, MA and received a degree as a jazz pianist. Caili was part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute during her time at Berklee. This intensive honors performance program was led by Danilo Perez, a highly-acclaimed pianist. Caili was able to collaborate with some of the most prominent jazz musicians, such as Joe Lovano and John Patitucci. Caili has performed at various jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Philadelphia (opening for pianist Martial Solal), Toronto Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival (opening to the Wayne Shorter Quartet), Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as Terrell Stafford’s pianist), Portland Jazz Festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival of Ireland, Boston Beantown Jazz Festival and San Jose Jazz Festival. Supported tours to Colombia, Togo and Benin in West Africa. Caili was among five female jazz pianists who were invited to the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and to perform at a Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival showcase concert. Caili actively participates in jazz education. She was a Global Jazz Institute member and conducted master classes and workshops in the US and internationally. In addition, she performed jazz at prisons and women’s shelters. She was also an instructor at the Berklee City Music program for 4th-12th graders. Caili performs with her own bands at children’s hospitals and retirement centers. Caili moved to New York City after graduating from Berklee. She has pursued a career that combines her passions for performing, writing, education, and humanitarian work. Since 2012, she has been a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member. She also works at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop early childhood jazz education program. She is a frequent performer and teaches private piano lessons in the New York City region. from

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