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Ulysses Owens, Jr., Musical Director
featuring Alicia Olatuja & Joanna Majoko
Exclusively Sponsored by Jim & Cathy Berges
“A centerpiece of the program is “Everything Must Change,” associated with Ms. Simone. Alicia Olatuja brings an earnest intensity to the song, bringing it into implicit dialogue with “A Change Is Gonna Come,” the indelible Sam Cooke tune. “No one and nothing stays unchanged,” she sings, and as she slowly builds a crescendo, she hints at both a formidable obstacle and the will to overcome.” – New York Times
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 Alicia Olatuja and Joanna Majoko.
Style: modern jazz with vocals