Friday
November 11, 2022

"A Tribute to the Great American Songbook"

Multi GRAMMY® Award nominee NNENNA FREELON is known worldwide as a compelling and captivating live performer. A veteran performer, she toured the world with many great jazz artists, including Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Take 6, and others. She's performed at The White House, headlining the Asia Pacific Economic Summit for hundreds of Presidents, Premiers, and Heads of State. Freelon received allocates and acclaim for her outstanding artistry, dedication to education, and breakout theatrical productions as a singer/actress/producer and composer.  In her efforts to find her voice amidst the challenge of losing her husband, Nnenna has begun to emerge with new ways to share her feelings in her new recording entitled Time Traveler.

GRAMMY® nominated artist CYRILLE AIMEE touted as the Voice of a New Generation in Vocal Jazz, went from singing on street corners in Europe to the world's most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York's Apollo Theatre to being called a "rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers" by The New York Times. Born in France to French and Dominican parents, you can hear her heritage in her voice. Aimée won the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition. Aimée co-starred with Bernadette Peters in a Stephen Sondheim tribute at New York's City Center, which inspired her to dig deeper into Sondheim's repertoire, resulting in her fourth and most recent album, Move On: A Sondheim Adventure

Critically Acclaimed artist LEA DELARIA seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two-time, SAG Award-Winning, stand-out role as 'Carrie 'Big Boo' Black' in the Netflix hit series "Orange Is the New Black." However, DeLaria's multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has spanned decades. She's received Obie & Theater World Awards. She is the first openly gay comic on television to pull some Ella Fitzgerald magic out of the hat and do a scatting duet with fellow comedian Conan O'Brien. Lea has performed in some of the most prestigious houses globally, including Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Her sixth album, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz released to rave reviews.