Arts & Context: ‘In the Jazz Tradition’ Roundtable
Jazzmeia Horn, Catherine Russell, Nnenna Freelon & Kate McGarry
An Arts & Context Roundtable
Emmy-nominated producer Natalie Bullock Brown (Saint Augustine’s University) moderates this special roundtable discussion featuring four of the artists from Duke Performances’ ‘In the Jazz Tradition’ series: Jazzmeia Horn, Catherine Russell, Nnenna Freelon, and Kate McGarry. The conversation will address, among other topics, how these singers have drawn inspiration from flashpoints in race relations and the struggle for gender equality, commanding a renewed sense of urgency with their music and reaffirming the popular appeal of jazz itself. ‘In the Jazz Tradition,’ a weeklong series at Durham Fruit and Produce in downtown Durham, runs from December 3 thru December 10.
Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided by Pie Pushers. Arts & Context is co-sponsored by Duke Performances, the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, The Pinhook, and Pie Pushers.
Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn has a name that captures her very essence. Jazzmeia earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music and soon after began performing alongside musicians including Winard…...Read More
Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist, composer, and bandleader who served as Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist, guitarist, and bassist who performed with the International Sweethearts…...Read More
Nnenna Freelon is an American jazz singer, composer, producer, and arranger. She has been nominated for six GRAMMY Awards for her vocal work, and has performed and toured with Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Clark Terry, Herbie…...Read More
With six critically acclaimed releases and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Kate McGarry is widely recognized as an artist who breathes authenticity and vitality into every song. She has performed on some of the world’s most beloved stages, from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Birdland to the…...Read More
Natalie Bullock Brown
Saint Augustine's University
Natalie Bullock Brown is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated producer and consultant, and is chair of and an assistant professor in the Department of Film & Interactive Media at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more than a decade, Natalie served as co-host of Black Issues Forum, a public…...Read More
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