Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sing the Truth

Guardian UK Newspaper Review
’Atlanta singer Lizz Wright's calm authority, technical elegance and cool sophistication as a jazz vocalist can make you forget how deep her roots in church music go. But in live performance, those qualities reverberate around a room like the boom of an organ. Church minister's daughter Wright is a natural choice to sing on the Barbican's tribute to Nina Simone, on a bill shared with the operatic vocalist Dianne Reeves, with West African singer Angelique Kidjo and Simone's daughter, who has recently released the big-band tribute album Simone On Simone.’


I had the pleasure of first seeing Lizz in Manchester a few years ago and since then I was hooked.  I enclose a few videos that demonstrate the calibre of the assembled cast.  I suggest that the strength of the assembled musicians and the music of Nina Simone has the potential for a cracking night. 

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