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Nnenna Freelon: A Muse For All Seasons

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Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 4:00pm

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon inspires and encourages creativity. A native New Englander, Ms. Freelon was born in Boston, raised in Cambridge, and has "chased [her] dreams" into a life-long journey that has manifested a stellar career in music. The composer, producer and arranger brings her voice to numerous recordings, television, films and live performances that have taken her all over the world. Discovered by jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, the six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee has appeared on stage interpreting music with artists as diverse as the likes of indie hip-hop bands The Roots, and The Beast, a group led by her son Pierce Freelon, the vocal group Take 6, and opera superstar Jessye Norman as well as pianists Herbie Hancock and Marian McPartland. As an educator and ambassador of jazz, Ms. Freelon has been recognized for her advocacy of the arts for all ages. Freelon is currently on tour with the release of the CD "Christmas", a celebration of sacred and secular seasonal music and her first recording dedicated to the holidays and family.

Be sure to Catch Colors of Jazz when Nnenna Freelon joins host Bonnie Johnson to share the latest in music and her engagement with a new project entitled The Clothesline Muse. The collaborative theatrical production developed along with choreographer, Kariamu Welsh and daughter, artist Maya Freelon Asante, celebrates visual art, music, and dance through storytelling. Tune in at 4pm.

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Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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