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International vocal artist Pauline Jean, together with her all-star ensemble, will celebrate the life, legend, music, and magic of Nina Simone.
Nina Simone (1933–2003) is remembered for her life and work as a jazz, gospel, blues, folk, and soul musician. She is especially celebrated for being at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and ’60s alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. This concert is a reverent celebration of Simone’s artistry, exhibiting her commitment to social justice while highlighting her music. Simone’s music and life continue to inspire people of all ages in the 21st Century.
Haitian-American performing artist Pauline Jean is a captivating vocalist whose distinctive contralto and rousing melodies have caught the attention of audiences both young and old. Jean brings a refreshing sound to today’s music, creating an erudite blend of worldly jazz that draws from her Creole roots and integrates modern and traditional inflections. She has received considerable press globally from leading media publications such as DownBeat, World Music Report, JazzTimes, and many more.
Pauline Jean (vocals)
Hila Kulik (piano)
Endea Owens (bass)
Shirazette Tinnin (drums)
Paula Winter (percussion)
“You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” – Nina Simone
“…shimmery, sensuous Pauline Jean pays tribute to the jazz/soul icon, Nina Simone. Jean presents both Simone’s music and her oft-declared-in-song emotional response to being a woman and being black.” – Cabaret Scenes Magazine
For more information, visit www.paulinejean.com.