NJPAC Exclusive: Nnenna Freelon & Geri Allen


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NEWARK, NJ - In a Metro area exclusive, trend-setting contemporary jazz artists Nnenna Freelon and Geri Allen appear on a double-bill in NJPAC's Victoria Theater on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30pm, as a part of NJPAC's Alternate Routes series. Tickets are $39 and are available by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, or by visiting the NJPAC website. Alternate Routes is made possible, in part, by American Express and The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and through the endowment gifts of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Wallace Foundation.

Nnenna Freelon will thrill the audience with original songs as well as her own version of songs by legends such as Harold Arlen, Milton Nascimento and Stevie Wonder. Allen will mix her set with traditional spirituals, numbers by George Gershwin and Charlie Parker, and a variety of her own rich and resonant compositions.

Ms. Freelon's career has spanned over twenty years on the road and over a decade as a recording artist. She last performed at NJPAC with Ronald K. Brown in their collaboration Blueprint of a Lady. After delivering a stunning performance that earned her a standing ovation on the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, Freelon made her feature film debut in the Mel Gibson hit, What Women Want, and sang a remake of Sinatra's classic, “Fly Me to the Moon" for The Visit, starring Billy Dee Williams. Freelon is a winner of both the Billie Holiday Award from the prestigious Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award, and has twice been nominated for the “Lady of Soul" Soul Train Award.

Detroit native Geri Allen, who has been playing the piano since age seven, is one of many important jazz pianists to emerge from that city's fertile music scene. Allen attended the famous Cass Technical High School for gifted and talented youth and earned a jazz studies degree from Howard University before getting her master's degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh. Allen's spectacular writing has fueled her emergence as a jazz leader and won her the Danish Jazzpar prize, the first woman to do so. She also participated in Ornette Coleman's Sound Museum projects and played the role of Mary Lou Williams in Robert Altman's film Kansas City.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in the heart of an emerging downtown Newark, New Jersey, is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States. Home of the Grammy Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJPAC has been widely cited as a catalyst in the revitalization of New Jersey's largest city, attracting over 5 million visitors (including more than 900,000 children) in its first ten years of operation.

Programming has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

NJPAC is a wheelchair accessible facility and provides assistive services such as TTY ticket purchase, designated seating, Sennheiser infrared listening devices and seat cushions.

Nnenna Freelon NJPAC
Geri Allen Victoria Theater
Saturday March 29, 2008 7:30 pm

NJPAC's Alternate Routes series presents trend-setting contemporary jazz artists Nnenna Freelon and Geri Allen in an NJPAC exclusive double-bill.

Tickets are $39, and may be purchased by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, or by visiting the NJPAC website.

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