Ladies Sing the Blues

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.

This will be an open caption performance. Please call the ticket office to reserve the best seating for open caption viewing.

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.
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.”

Go green! As part of Strathmore’s ongoing effort to conserve natural resources, we’re providing a digital version of the concert program in advance. Help us save paper by using this e-program instead of taking a hard copy at the door. Download the program.

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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