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Nancy Wilson Sounds Forever Young at JVC Jazz Festival Salute to Her 70th Birthday

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NEW YORK: Nancy Wilson is hardly the retiring type, even though she is trying to spend more time with her grandchildren these days.

Last year, the singer retired from touring, but she continues to record -- her last album “Turned to Blue" won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album earlier this year -- and perform selected concert dates.

On Friday night, she found herself sharing the Carnegie Hall stage with many old friends -- including three of the top vocalists on the current jazz scene, Nnenna Freelon, Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling, as well as guest musicians such as violinist Regina Carter -- for a concert called “Nancy Wilson's Swinging 70th Birthday Party," a highlight of this year's JVC Jazz Festival.

“It's really fine to let everyone know what 70 can be," said Wilson, whose birthday actually was Feb. 20, at the start of a program celebrating milestones in her 55-year career. “It doesn't get much better than this."

After Freelon spiritedly swung her way through “They Can't Take That Away From Me," the younger singer took the opportunity to thank Wilson for mentoring her years ago, calling her “an angel in my life."

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