October 27, 2010
Written by Kate Lepard
Nenna Freelon, six-time Grammy Award nominee and jazz vocalist, has electrified audiences at many performances.
Texas Tech's fall 2010 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series will present Nnenna Freelon, a six-time Grammy Award nominee and jazz vocalist from 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building (SUB).
Freelon, hailed as the "international voice of jazz," has performed with a number of legendary musicians including Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Al Jarreau. A world-renowned composer, producer and arranger, Freelon has electrified audiences at performances from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, to popular jazz festivals all over the world.
"The audience can expect elegance, grace and an exquisite voice from Nnenna Freelon," said Jo Moore, administrator of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Presidential Lecture & Performance Series. "She is a compelling and captivating live performer. Add jazz vocals to that mix and you definitely have the 'wow' factor."
Freelon also made appearances in the Mel Gibson film, "What Women Want," the TV show "Mad Men" and on stage in the hit musical "Ask Your Mama." She has received the prestigious Billie Holiday Award from the Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award from the Cultural Crossroads Center in New York City.
Singing in church as a child gave Freelon her first exposure to the arts. Her father's Count Basie recordings and her mother's active involvement in the church planted the appreciation for music that ultimately led Freelon to pursue a career in jazz.
"Freelon's energy and creativeness are hallmarks of her recordings," Moore said. "The audience will have the opportunity to meet Freelon and purchase her new CD, 'Homefree,' after the performance, giving them the opportunity to experience her performance again."
Tickets are $12 for general admission and can be purchased through Select-A-Seat by calling (806) 770-2000. Prices include a $3 Select-A-Seat service charge. Student tickets are free with a valid ID at the SUB ticket booth.
For more information, contact Jo Moore.
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