Bill Henderson & René Marie at Jazz at Lincoln Center


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Veteran Vocalist Bill Henderson and Fresh New Talent René Marie Offer Romantic Evening Overlooking Central Park

· Bill Henderson Sang with Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and Count Basie · René Marie New CD on MaxJazz/Featured in December 2004 JazzTimes

December 6, 2004 (New York, NY) Veteran of screen and song, Bill Henderson and hot, new songstress René Marie, bring three consecutive nights of Singin’ and Swingin’ In The Allen Room to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on January 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30pm. The vocalists’ debut in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, promises to be a treat of sound and sight with The Allen Room’s breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. This event is sponsored by Cadillac.

Tickets for this event are $10, $40, $75, $100, $115 and $150 and may be purchased at the box office located on the ground floor of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 or via www.jalc.org.

Bill Henderson and René Marie represent two generations of master jazz storytellers and musical mood painters. Balladeer Henderson has been dubbed “as remarkable and fine a jazz singer as can be found in the garden of jazz delights.” Hailing from Chicago, and now residing in Los Angeles, he is making a rare east coast appearance for these concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall.

René Marie’s new release on MaxJazz entitled Serene Renegade, contains mostly original tunes that she wrote. After 20 years of singing along with records by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, she took to the stage at the beckoning of her son, Michael.

Bill Henderson, a vibrant, blues-influenced singer with rhythmic drive in the style of Joe Williams, is most noted for his legendary work with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and more recently with bassist Charlie Haden. Mr. Henderson also has a rich history performing with Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Ramsey Lewis, and has an established acting career. He has appeared on many TV shows, including the Cosby Show and ER. Mr. Henderson had a hit in 1958 with Horace Silver’s Senor Blues. Recent performances include a date with Charlie Haden at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in 2000 and a September 16, 2004 gig at Charlie O’s in Los Angeles.

René Marie left her day job at a Richmond, Virginia bank in 1998 to pursue a career in singing. Within two years, she finished her first CD, performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and was signed by MaxJazz. Her 2003 release was in the top 20 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. As Ms. Marie puts it, “My niche is that I’m nicheless. I like taking music that you don’t normally think of as jazz, changing it all around and playing it as jazz. If jazz is really improvisation, let me improvise.” She was featured in the December 2004 issue of JazzTimes magazine.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio and television programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the Julliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children’s concerts, lectures, adult education courses, film programs, and student and educator workshops. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, President & CEO Hughlyn F. Fierce, Executive Director Derek E. Gordon, Chairman of the Board Lisa Schiff and Jazz at Lincoln Center Board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce hundreds of events during its 2004-05 season. This is the inaugural season in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home – Frederick P. Rose Hall – the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz.

This performance is sponsored by Cadillac.

Bank of America is the proud presenting sponsor of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Season sponsors for Jazz at Lincoln Center's inaugural season in Frederick P. Rose Hall are: Altria Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Time Warner Inc. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

For more information, please visit www.jalc.org. ###

Listings Information: Producer: Jazz at Lincoln Center Event: Bill Henderson and René Marie – Singin’ and Swingin’ in The Allen Room Dates/Times: Thursday-Saturday, January 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30pm Location: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway at 60st Street. Tickets: $10, $40, $75, $100, $115, $150 Available at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall box office on Broadway at 60th Street (open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8:30pm and Sunday 11am-8:30pm), CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 or via www.jalc.org

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