SONGS OF FREEDOM

ULYSSES OWENS JR., MUSIC DIRECTOR  

FEAT.  THEO BLECKMANN, ALICIA OLATUJA & JOANNA MAJOKO

First presented under the auspice of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone – all of whom have made an indelible mark in music. Each artist expressed freedom in various ways. Joni composed and sung about the freedom of love, Abbey expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song.  The project is under the musical direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr.

To effectively deliver this vast repertoire, the program features vocalists Theo Bleckmann , Alicia Olatuja and Joanna Majoko.

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Upcoming Appearances

Jan 06, 2017
New School Tishman Auditorium • Part of Winter JazzFest • New York, NY
Oct 22, 2017
Berlind Theatre • Princeton NJ
Dec 1, 2017
Cullen Theater • Da Camera of Houston • Houston TX
Dec 2, 2017
Jo Long Theatre • Carver Cultural Center • San Antonio TX
Apr 5, 2018
Loeb Playhouse • Purdue University • West Lafayette IN
Apr 6, 2018
Logan Center • University of Chicago • Chicago IL
Apr 7, 2018
Colwell Playhouse • Krannert Center for the Arts • Urbana IL
Apr 11, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro • St. Louis MO
Apr 12, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro • St. Louis MO
Apr 13, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro • St. Louis MO
Apr 14, 2018
Jazz at the Bistro • St. Louis MO
Apr 19, 2018
Bing Concert Hall • Stanford University • Stanford CA