The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture today announced its 2019 Annual Women’s Jazz Festival celebrating the contributions of Black women performers across the genre, and featuring both well-known and unsung women performers in jazz today.
Hosted in honor of Women’s History Month, the festival will be held at Schomburg Center over four consecutive Mondays beginning on March 4 and ending on March 25, 2019. Tickets to each evening’s performance are $35 are available for purchase at SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com.
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March 4: Dear Nina
Power, poise and passion reign supreme in this pairing of voice and strings that celebrates the legendary and at times uncharted cannon of Nina Simone. Drea d’Nur (vocalist/pianist) accompanied by a six-piece string ensemble courtesy of Rootstock Republic: LIVE, share center stage in this uniquely intimate and newly orchestrated songbook of Nina’s love songs, blues and protest music. Dear Nina is a sonic love letter to Nina Simone.
March 11: A Salute to Women in Bebop
An evening curated by musician, jazz composer, and Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray, composer of the original score for Two River Theater’s upcoming production of Oo-Bla-Dee, created by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor. Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II. The evening’s performance includes Gabrielle Murphy (alto saxophone and flute), Brandon McCune (piano), Mimi Jones (bass), and Eli Fountain (percussion and drums).
March 18: Lekecia Benjamin
Join us for a special evening with dynamic saxophonist and bandleader Lakecia Benjamin presenting “A Woman’s Perspective, We March On” as a part of her A Women’s Perspective series, paying special tribute to Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, and Nina Simone.
March 25: A Great Day in Harlem with Jazzmeia Horn!
A celebration of the women in the iconic “Great Day in Harlem” photo captured by Art Kane in 1958 with jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn. The image featured jazz icons from Count Basie to Sonny Rollins. But of the many women in the field, only three are present in the photo – band leader Mary Lou Williams, vocalist Maxine Sullivan, and pianist Marian McPartland. On our closing night, we’ll celebrate the enduring influence of jazz vocalists and the unsung women in jazz history.
Each performance and program of the 2019 Women’s Jazz Festival is open to the media. Professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.
Learn more at schomburgcenter.org.