Double Grammy award winner Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi, known for her outstanding ability to mix styles and expressions. The “Vocal Jazz Queen” began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve 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 80's, Cassandra 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. Named after legendary anti-slavery resistance personality, Harriet Tubman is a music collective that was input by guitarist/vocalist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer JT Lewis in the late 90s. Far from being underground, Ross, Gibbs and Lewis have collectively performed with some of the most important musical innovators and visionaries of the last half of the 20th century: Herbie Hancock, Henry Threadgill, Tony Williams, Don Pullen, Tina Turner, James Blood Ulmer, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Aretha Franklin, Butch Morris, and many others. Harriet Tubman’s music sounds both familiar and fresh, allowing the audience to experience the music free from distracting labels of style or genre. Cassandra Wilson’s magical voice and band’s unique talents demonstrated on their new project “Black Sun” will turn this night into an unforgettable experience.

20 October    Universal Hall, 20:00
CASSANDRA WILSON guitar, vocals BRANDON ROSS electric guitar, banjo, vocals MELVIN GIBBS electric bass J.T. LEWIS drums


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