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I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone
with Jaguar Wright and Gerald Veasley
Jan 13 , 2018 • McGLOHON THEATER at Spirit Square
- $47.75 - $72.75
An exciting and groundbreaking collaboration featuring Gerald Veasley and Jaguar Wright comes together to celebrate the music of the iconic of Nina Simone. The legends of jazz and soul music are taking this dynamic show on the road and making it available for festivals and clubs throughout the United States.
More than a concert, I Got Life is an event that explores the powerful music and empowering messages of Nina Simone. The presentation moves through four aspects of Ms. Simone's songbook: Quest, Passion, Fury and Hope. Vocalist Jaguar Wright and bassist Gerald Veasley lead an ensemble that re-imagines Nina Simone's work with inventive energy.
Why "The Music of Nina Simone"?
While the world is re-discovering the brilliance of Nina Simone, Jaguar has known it all along. She has long been a student of her music and has been inspired by her life story. Veasley recognized Jaguar's potential for channeling Nina Simone before the two even spoke. Says Veasley, "I knew Jaguar had that same intensity and fire before I heard her sing a note of of Nina Simone's music." Together they share a deep appreciation for Ms. Simone's music and her desire for social justice. As a result, "I Got Life" speaks to our current turbulent times with honesty and raw beauty. Veasley and Wright understand there is no better time to present this timeless music.
Jaguar is an artist who cannot be defined by genre. She is a Renaissance woman, as comfortable performing with rap mogul Jay Z as she is with jazz drummer extraordinaire, Terri Lynn Carrington. Jaguar was a breakout artist in Philadelphia's Black Lily scene created by Questlove and The Roots which spawned the careers of Jill Scott and other major Neo-Soul and Hip Hop artists.
Veasley is well regarded as a recording artist with several solo albums to his credit. As a bassist, he has worked extensively in the jazz, gospel and R&B genres. His resume includes collaborations with a wide range of artists: Dianne Reeves, Kirk Whalum, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Teddy Pendergrass, Zap Mama. He counts among his mentors two groundbreaking artists: Grover Washington and Joe Zawinul, from whom he developed an appreciation for the balance between innovation and tradition.
I Got Life brings together two internationally acclaimed artists who were launched out of the vibrant Philadelphia jazz and soul scenes. However, the performances by these collaborators defy category and are in the adventurous spirit of Ms. Simone. As the iconic artist said, "Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, a way of thinking". Well said, Ms. Simone, well said.
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