In the 1960s, three legendary and prolific vocalists made an indelible mark in music through their songs, each expressing freedom in various ways. Joni Mitchell composed and sang about the freedom of love; Abbey Lincoln expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism; and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song. Their contributions will be interpreted for us by three contemporary singers: Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja, and Jazzmeia Horn, all under the musical direction of the Grammy-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.
Grammy-nominated singer and composer Theo Beckmann’s CDs include albums of Las Vegas standards, popular “bar songs,” and songs of Kate Bush, while The New York Times has called Olatuja’s voice “a special instrument, with full–bodied tone, precise pitch, and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail.”Jazzmeia Horn is the winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition and NJPAC’s Sarah Vaughan Competition in 2013, and is a rising star in the world of jazz.
Songs of Freedom will be presented in McCarter’s Berlind Theatre on Sunday, October 22 at 3 p.m. Single tickets are $68 and can be purchased online at mccarter.org, by phone at 609.258.2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office at 91 University Place in Princeton.