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Mon March 2, 2015

Jazz Calendar (Updated 3 / 02 / 2015)

Live Jazz performances by some of today's top jazz artists will take place this year at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Artists scheduled to perform in 2015 at the Holland Performing Arts center include:

Omaha Performing Arts presents jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 7, at 8:00 p.m.

Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer from Jackson, Miss. She is described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. Her performance in Omaha celebrates legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915) on the 100th anniversary of the singer's birth. The album, Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday, is slated to be released in April. While in Omaha, Wilson will teach a jazz vocal workshop at the Holland Center. 

Wilson began playing piano at 6, guitar by the age of 12 and was working as a vocalist by the mid-’70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early ‘80s, she met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.

Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: Two Grammys®, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ Blood on the Fields, the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday is at the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St., March 7, at 8:00 p.m.

Also coming up at the Holland this month, vocalist Tierney Sutton presents “After Blue”: The Joni Mitchell Project.  5-time Grammy® nominee, Tierney Sutton displays her vocal talents in this Joni Mitchell tribute production. Sutton performs in an intimate trio format, with jazz flute legend Hubert Laws and guitar virtuoso Larry Koonse. This show will take place Friday, March 27, 2015  from 7:00 PM at the Holland Center.

For more information you may visit omahaperformingarts.org  

The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra will present live jazz performances in 2015. General admission tickets for individual concerts may also be purchased in advance or at the door for each concert.

The next performance in this series is:

Left Coast Swing | featuring the 2015 Young Artist Winner
Friday, April 17, 2015 ● 7:30 pm  
The Cornhusker Marriott | 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska  
Enjoy music by West Coast bandleaders Tom Kubis, Bob Florence, Frank Macchia, and Gordon Goodwin. Also performing will be the 2015 NJO Young Artist winner.

For tickets and additional information, contact the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra business office at (402) 477-8446 or http://www.artsincorporated.org/njo/