March 8 Concert will Feature Songs by Female Jazz Legends, From Annie Ross and Ella Fitzgerald to Holli Ross and Jeanne O'Connor
Vocalist Amy London will celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday, March 8, at The Puffin Cultural Institute in Teaneck, NJ, with a program of songs written by female jazz legends such as Annie Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams, Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Fields, Fran Landesman,Marilyn Bergman, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell, as well as her own works, and those of her contemporaries such as Jana Herzen, Holli Ross, Jeanne O' Connor, Tracy Mann, Regina Wernick and others.
London will be singing with a trio of musicians that each accompanied and recorded with some of the most beloved singers in jazz: Pianist James Weidman played with Abbey Lincoln for years, Bassist Harvie S originated the voice and bass duo with Sheila Jordan, and drummer Steve Williams was Shirley Horn's 'percussionist' for more than 25 years. I hope it's not ironic that I hired an all male trio," says London. They are my faves, what can I say, especially Steve Williams - all those years with Shirley Horn turned him into the greatest accompanist for vocalists."
London has received wide recognition and critical acclaim for her two Motema Music CDs, When I Look In Your Eyes and Let's Fly, which has led to her performing in Russia, Turkey, France, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, and across the US, as well as on the major NYC jazz stages. A world renowned vocal jazz educator, London is one of the principal architects of the highly successful vocal jazz program at the New School University BFA Jazz program, where she has been on the faculty since 1992.
London and her husband Roni Ben-Hur, a renowned jazz guitarist, educator, and also a Motema recording artist, live in Teaneck, where they have raised their daughters,both currently at Teaneck High School. Together Ben-Hur and London direct 'Adventures in Jazz', offering the opportunity for both professional and amateur jazz enthusiasts to perform at jazz camps around the world.