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May 19, 2007

Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon Performs With U of M Students

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian Jazz Music Live


Nnenna Freelon
Masters of Education Series
University of Manitoba
Saturday, May 26

Students to Perform with Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon

Singing Sensation Nnenna Freelon closes out the Starbucks Masters of Jazz Educational Series at the University of Manitoba’s Music Faculty on Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm.

The workshop series features students from the music program in performance with world-class artists . The closing concert of the series on May 27th stars Nnenna Freelon with students from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music, under the artistic direction of Steve Kirby.

A six-time Grammy-nominated vocalist, winner of the Billie Holiday Award from the French Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award, Nnenna Freelon is hailed by critics as “the greatest female vocalist to come along in three decades” and considered “in the very top echelon of jazz vocalists,”(Los Angeles Times).

Nnenna has performed with a veritable who’s who in jazz, from Ray Charles and Ellis Marsalis to Al Jarreau and Dianne Reeves. The six-time Grammy Award nominated jazz vocalist has won the Billie Holiday Award from the Academie du Jazz, the Eubie Blake Award, and made her feature film debut in Mel Gibson’s What Women Want.

Freelon is about to add her eleventh recording to her impressive catalogue with Nnenna Freelon and The World Famous Count Basie Orchestra, in which Freelon pays tribute to the two men who first brought her to jazz – her father, through the music of the second man, Count Basie.

Saturday, May 26, 2007, 7-9 pm
Nnenna Freelon (vocals)
with students from U of M Music Faculty under Director Steve Kirby
University of Manitoba / Winnipeg

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