Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon has a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. One would do well to just take Aretha Franklin's advice: "Be sure to check out Nnenna Freelon... very hip music!"
Our island audience will have the opportunity to do just that this week at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
As a performer, Freelon has thrilled audiences worldwide.
Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon will perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
At the 43rd annual Grammy Awards telecast from Los Angeles, she inspired an enthusiastic standing ovation from 20,000 music industry insiders and celebrities.
Freelon has made special appearances that acknowledge both her accomplishments as an artist and her commitment to education and women's and children's issues. She has delivered rousing performances for the Society of Singers' Ella Awards; at Variety's The Children's Charity; Jerry Lewis' Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon; a headline spot for ActionAID--the International AIDS fundraiser with Sir Elton John and Andrea Bocelli. Freelon teamed with opera superstar Jessye Norman and the Indie phenom band, The Roots, at The Hollywood Bowl, and thrilled SRO-shows at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, as well as at many of the world's other famous jazz festivals.
She has performed and toured with a veritable who's who in music, from Ray Charles and Ellis Marsalis to Al Jarreau and George Benson, and has collaborated with two legends that she has personally long-admired--guitarist Earl Klugh and pianist Ramsey Lewis.
A tireless advocate for the arts, Freelon has also been showered with awards, including the Eubie Blake Award, the Academie of Jazz of France Award and two nominations for the Soul Train "Lady of Soul" Award.
Appearing at the Democratic National Convention's Media Day in 2012, Freelon extended her international reach, bringing attention to her passions--the art of jazz and the importance of education.
In 2011, The White House asked Freelon to headline the Asia Pacific Economic Summit for 300 presidents, premiers and heads of state from around the world.
Freelon's performance at The MACC promises to be an amazing concert by an accomplished and important vocalist, matched with the great acoustics of the Castle Theater--an event not to be missed!