Evelyn and the yellow birds

Photography by Joe Hart

Royal albert hall showcase, 2018

As 2018 drew to a close, Cherise hosted a special night in Royal Albert Halls Elgar room. As a feature of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Cherise and 10 piece band, including a String Quartet, Backing Vocalists and the up and coming Trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi performed 12 of her original compositions. 

On the cusp of recording and releasing her own material, this show offered the audience a special taste of what is to come!

2018 brought with it the 70th anniversary of the docking of the ship 'the Windrush' in Southhampton bringing the 1st of the Carribeans who had been invited from the British Commonwealth to England. This was to rebuild the country after the desperate times following the 2nd world war

As a second generation decendant to Jamaican Grandparents who settled in London as a part of the Windrush generation, Cherise acted on her inner responsibility to honour her culture, heritage and family by creating the childrens show, 'Evelyn and the Yellow Birds'.


The show explores jazz music and its Caribbean influences through this heart-warming tale, with a live band accompaniment

Musicians union cover, 2018

buckingham palace - commonwealth heads of government meeting 2018

In April 2018, the Commomwealth Heads of Government met in the Ball room of Buckingham Palace. Cherise and 5 other talented artists were chosen to represent the cultural spread of British citizens. 


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts present Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, the international jazz residency, performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats.


At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artist-composers in their mid-teens to age twenty-five, and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing, and arranging skills.

Young and Serious, 2017

Young & Serious is a professional development programme, mentoring and working with the UK’s most motivated and talented aspiring event producers, aged 18-25. 

This young producers programme is an exceptional opportunity for young people to build their professional network alongside career development, gaining experience of working within the arts, music and events sectors.  

Over the year-long scheme, participants have the chance to attend industry events, talks and workshops, work with exciting national & international artists and programme and deliver music activity. 

leap program 2018

LEAP is an exciting Talent Development programme funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation which supports eight outstanding artists from around the UK who wish to develop their Learning & Participation skills, ideas and practice broadly. 

The programme takes the shape of a residential at Cats Abbey in Oxfordshire, where participants receive support and training on specific areas that they would like to develop, as well as collaborating  with the other artists, working with local communities and developing a toolkit for L&P work that they can utilise in all of their future delivery. 

TROPE - 2015 to 2018

Drawn together from across the British Isles on a journey from London - Birmingham - Glasgow, TROPE’s musical influences stretch much further afield. They started out life reworking and pulling around the music of Stevie Wonder. 

2015 saw TROPE recorded their first original  EP 'Butterflies & Dragons'. A heady mix of Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop saw comparisons made to the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Brotherly and Heritage Orchestra. They have been featured on BBC Introducing, made the Bandcamp New & Notable Records section and were recently nominated for 'Best New Artist' alongside The Internet, Dayme Arocena and Kamasi Washington at the 2016 JAJ Awards in Japan. 


TROPE's 2nd EP  'TROPE 5IVE' is out now on theJazz:refreshed label.






Palace Avenue Swing 

Palace Avenue Swing is a large ensemble of experienced professional musicians and friends who specialise in performing and recreating the music and style of the golden era of jazz, blues and swing in its many forms 1920-40s.

The musicians who form the many classic and bespoke line ups are highly regarded as some of the best in the UK, and have entertained to great acclaim at the most prestigious international festivals, vintage events, swing dances, private and corporate functions for many years.

Cherise has had the privilege of joining the Swing Ensemble and Dance Orchestra for multiple performances since late 2016. These performances include regular appearances at the Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch (check the events section for upcoming performances)

Since 2016

The Jazz Ticket 2016-17

THE JAZZ TICKET, an ambitious national music ­education and performance ­programme designed to bring young ­people, their families and friends into ­contact with some of the most exciting jazz artists in the UK.

Over the course of 2017, Tomorrow’s Warriors traveled to 9 cities across England and brings together more than 600 young musicians aged 11-18 from 54 schools to work with leading jazz artists on a set of specially arranged pieces marking the centenary of the birth of six Giants of Jazz – Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron and Buddy Rich – culminating in a public gala concert with the Nu Civilisation Orchestra conducted by Peter Edwards.

Busk For Your Seat to New Orleans, 2017

British Airways competition that took 3 winning young Jazz musicians to the home of Jazz on their sold-out VIP party flight to New Orleans.


Grammy winning singer, songwriter and pianist, Jon Cleary, and double MOBO award-winning saxophonist, YolanDa Brown, selected the three winners who will ‘busk’ to 150 VIPs on the airline’s exclusive charter flight to the ‘Big Easy’ for Mardi Gras.

Cherise Adams-Burnett, 25-year-old Jamie Brownfield, from Powys in Wales, and 21-year-old Londoner Quinn Oulton will perform on board the sold-out flight that will also feature a sky-high set from YolanDa Brown.

All three of us secured the trip of a lifetime for ourselves and a friend, each winning a pair of seats on the flight, three night’s accommodation at the Hyatt Regency and Mardi Gras parade tickets.

The Suit, 2015 - co-star in peter brooks theatrical tour

In 2015, Cherise had the played the role of 'Matilda' in the last theatre tour of the play 'The Suit'. Directed by the legendary Peter Brook, the Suit is a play based on the South African writer Can Themba's five-page short story about innocence, evil, desire and despair.


Joined by the skilled and passionate Co-director, Marie Helene, the cast took the story on an international journey rehearsing in New Yorks Brooklyn Academy of Music and performing in Brazil, Taiwan, Macoa and Scandavia 


- Ery Nzaramba, Jared Mcneill & Cherise Coryna (Adams- Burnett)


 Jay Phelps, Harry Sankey &  Danny Wallington

Cafe Society Swing, 2013 - 2014


In 2013, 'Cafe Society Swing' made it's West End Debut at the Leceister Square Theatre. Some of the best Jazz musicians in the country came together to relive the stories, the music and the swing of the famous club with the support of a lively and enraptured audience !


Alex Webb (producer + pianist) Alexander Stewert (vox), China Moses (vox) Ciya Brown (vox), Vimala Row (vox), Shane Forbes (Drums),  Nathaniel Facety (Alto Sax), Denys Baptiste (Tenor Sax), Winston Rollins (Trombone)