Ladies Sing the Blues
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8pm
The Music Center
$35 - $75
Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents
Ladies Sing the Blues
Featuring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade
Vocalists Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade channel the independent, liberated spirits and pioneering vocalizations of 1920s blues divas Bessie Smith (“the Empress of the Blues”), Mamie Smith (“the Queen of the Blues”), Ma Rainey (“the Mother of the Blues”), and the legendary icon of stage and film, Ethel Waters. Featuring arrangements of this era, pianist Mark Shane takes the reins as music director and leader of a 7 piece all-star band, enlivening this important strain of American music and demonstrating the ageless relevance of this century-old transcendence of love’s follies through innuendo, revelation, and stomping the blues away.
Preconcert lecture: Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do: The Complex World of the Blueswomen
Ethnomusicologist and chair of Towson University’s Department of Music, Dr. Eileen M. Hayes presents a preconcert lecture on these musical pioneers. FREE with concert ticket. Please note, this event is first-come, first-served due to a limited capacity.
MUSIC CENTER ROOM 402
Sat, April 8, 6:30pm
- Wade is an acclaimed jazz vocalist who has performed at the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club.
- Russell was born into a musical family (her dad was Louis Armstrong’s musical director) and has toured the world recording and performing with David Bowie, Jackson Browne, and Paul Simon, just to name a few.
- The Wall Street Journal said of Thomas that, “she may well be the best straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation.”
Come early and witness our area’s Piedmont blues tradition live! Strathmore is proud to present the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation musicians in the Lockheed Martin Lobby prior to Shades of Blues Music Center performances. Learn more about AEBHF.
Don't miss a blues singing workshop with Brianna Thomas the morning of the concert. Learn more.
This performance is part of Strathmore’s Shades of Blues festival. Check out the full line-up.
This concert will run approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Strathmore thanks the DC Blues Society for their promotional support.
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