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November 2, 2007

Blues Singer Jackie Richardson Stars in Cookin’ at the Cookery

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues concerts, Canada


Cookin at the Cookery
with Jackie Richardson
James Cowan Theatre
November 1 & 2

Music Revue Blends Blues and Biography

“Ooo, I love the blues, baby.” Welcome to The Cookery, the famed Manhattan nightclub, featuring the legendary Miss Alberta Hunter! A musical revue in the tradition of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cookin’ at The Cookery follows the spellbinding adventures of the celebrated African-American songstress. Get ready to clap your hands and tap your feet to Hunter’s sassy music, a testament to her extraordinary life. With a unique blend of blues and biography, Cookin’ at The Cookery offers a glimpse into the potential in us all.

Jackie Richardson is Canada’s first lady of gospel, jazz and blues. Born in a community near Pittsburgh, she has vivid childhood memories of attending a local Baptist church – sometimes as often as three times a day – with her grandmother, who introduced young Jackie to the gospel music of Mahalia Jackson. She has been a committed spiritual seeker. “Church is a wonderful thing because you can go and be with people, be involved in their lives and share a common belief,” she says. “But the ultimate is learning that you have a relationship with the one higher being that you can talk to anytime, anywhere.”

for more information visit www.shadboltcentre.com

November 1–2 at 8pm
Cookin at the Cookery
Written and directed by Marion J. Caffey
Starring Jackie Richardson and Janice Lorraine
Arts Club Theatre Company
Shadboldt Centre for the Arts, Vancouver

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