“Freelon…sang with exquisite musicality and an unerring sense of swing.” – Los Angeles Time
“Freelon continues to grow and deepen as a vocalist…but still with a crystalline, impeccably tuned voice, with often imaginative, percolating, funk-based backing from her combo.” – Daily Variety
Nnenna Freelon launched The Clothesline Muse (making her stage-acting debut), and joins Take 6 in “Georgia On My Mind”, the multi-week Las Vegas Ray Charles Tribute, and more. 2017-2018 will offer these shows as well as her Christmas and Trio performances, as Freelon prepares to return to the recording studio with special guests for her 2017 release!
From her tremendous success in collaborations with Jessye Norman (the subsequent recording received another Grammy® nomination), with classical vocalist Harolyn Blackwell, Ivan Lins and Milton Nasciemento (in Brazil on a special benefit appearance of the nation’s largest cancer fundraising institution), and another smashturn at Aretha Franklin’s Birthday bash, Freelon tours 2016-2017 in the formats above and Special Collaborations!
From her performances at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, to her part in the Tribute to Nancy Wilson at Carnegie Hall, to her turn on “In Performance At The White House” Nnenna Freelon launches a season filled with innovative and exciting shows.
An accomplished singer, composer, producer, and arranger (as well as budding actress), Freelon has dedicated herself to educating young people. She toured the United States for four years as the National Spokesperson for Partners In Education. She toured in a ground-breaking State Department sojourn of Vietnam with occasional collaborator Herbie Hancock. Her master classes and workshops, from “Sound Sculpture” to the innovative “Babysong,” teach adults and children alike the wonders of music and song, a truly enlightening and enriching experience.
An international jazz star, Nnenna Freelon is one of the most memorable voices out there.
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