Joyce Spencer

Joyce Spencer
Joyce Spencer
Lafayette, LA
Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Blues and Pop
Years active
Since 1994

Although her hometown had limited conditions for studying music, Joyce’s passion was not discouraged. She started playing clarinet in the middle school, but in the 12th grade she grew very fond of the tenor saxophone. Her participation in the high school band was enough to spark her passion to achieve a bachelor music degree, where she studied both classical and jazz. Later, in college, she added the alto sax and flute, and majored in instrumental music education.

After a 20-year hiatus, because of family responsibilities, Joyce returned to her passion for music with pure determination and released her first CD “Sweet Dreams”. Her compilation of eleven amazing songs of smooth jazz, smooth gospel with a hint of folk/latin jazz are inspiration for relaxing and healing.

Since the release of her CD, Joyce has been honored with various awards and nominations such as the 2014 Black Women in Jazz Female Saxophonist of the Year, 2014 GHP Radio Virtual Music Award for Best Groove Featuring Sax, 2013 Garland NAACP Music Award and 2011 Coffee Talk Jazz Radio “Heart & Soul Instrumental” Award.

Joyce has also been honored for her accomplishments in articles on websites for jazz music, and she has made an appearance in the front cover of the Sprit Alive Magazine’s October 2011 issue. Her music can now be heard on radio and TV stations all over the world.

As an award winning saxophonist, Joyce Spencer is now considered as a multi-instrumentalist of saxophone (soprano, alto and tenor) flutist, singer, songwriter and composer

Although she currently leads her own band Joyce Spencer & Expressions, her prior experience includes performances in orchestras, concert bands, wind ensembles, choirs, jazz bands, stage plays, etc.