Mrs. Ruth Naomi Floyd
Ruth Naomi Floyd is the Director of Jazz Studies at Cairn University in Philadelphia, teaching jazz voice and jazz history. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Floyd is an accomplished vocalist and composer recognized for her soaring mezzo-soprano voice,.
A native of Philadelphia, Mrs. Floyd has been at forefront of creating vocal jazz settings that express Christian theology. Critics have praised Ms. Floyd’s music for its distinctive sound of progressive ensemble jazz that is seamlessly blended with explicit Biblical messages of unwavering faith.
She leads her own multi-faceted ensemble and has recorded and/or performed with notable instrumentalists including James Newton, Gary Thomas, James Weidman, Jay Hoggard, Bryan Carrott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Uri Caine, Charles Fambrough, and many others.
Mrs. Floyd has also distinguished herself as a visual fine artist. She chooses the medium of black and white photography because it "allows me to express the brightest white to the deepest black and the vivid gray shades that fall in between. My photographs reveal images that are already deeply etched in my mind and soul."
Explore her visual art through The Veil Series.