Jazz has not one Great Lady, but a few including impassioned performance artist Robbi Hall Kumalo
who pays homage to many of them in Ladies of Piano: My Great African-American Songbook.” Kumalo includes Miriam Makeba with her clicking tongue & breathy syncopations, rocked our world with ancient rhythms & stories of South Africa. Kumalo connects to the spirit of Nina Simone who lit the world on fire with a vibrato that stirred souls and moved mountains. Experience the African-American Songbook's most popular hits with Kumalo at the piano interpreting them with conviction at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 in New York City. Aiding and abetting is percussion legend Leopoldo F. Fleming, side man for Simone, Makeba & Kumalo. Also Peter Fritz on bass & Wayne Dunton on drums.
Where & When
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
Sun, May 20, 2018
About Robbi Hall Kumalo
Robbi Hall Kumalo is an artist with an incredible voice with tons of charisma and charm to win over any audience. Robbi started in the music business singing with a host of legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Eileen Ivers, Arif Mardin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Jimmy Owens, Ashford & Simpson, Edie Brickell, Chieli Minucci, Gino Sitson, Bakithi Kumalo, John Hiatt, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte among many others. Bringing to the stage a level of excitement, Robbi gives to her audiences freely and unselfishly. Her band members are versatile and extraordinary players, who have performed with many music legends themselves. Robbi's personable demeanor is the essence of her show; first going deep into her own zone then pouring it all out in song. Robbi's larger than life stage presence and enticingly beautiful voice have given her the opportunity to perform in many settings, always with great success.
For more than 25 years, Robbi K has been performing and working to develop young audiences, producing joyous and exhilarating programs for all ages. Robbi K has developed a new kind of artistic presentation successfully combining music, theater, and culture with a worldview that makes a dramatic break from the Euro-centric norm. She’s been a major force in bringing a sense of the world community to children’s entertainment. She brings with her Lincoln Center for Aesthetic Education Professional Teaching Artist training and earnest communication skills to enhance her performance- be it storytelling to the young or improvising with adults. With a strong message about being of good character, young audiences exposed to her work not only continue to sing her songs, but hopefully are inspired to become more loving and open-minded participants in the global community.