Please join us as we celebrate the music and honor the tenure of staff musicians Roy Jennings, Dina Foster-Osbourne and Jeff Bolding. Singers will sing, instrumentalists will play and the Spirit of the Lord will surely be present. Meet us in worship as we recognize these artists’ vast, distinctive, individual and collaborative contributions to the Abyssinian Music Ministry and to the Harlem Community.
Join us this Sunday as Aby Vespers presents jazz vocalist/actress/composer/playwright and six-time Grammy nominee Nneena Freelon.
Six-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna is no stranger to the music of the master singer – she toured with Ray Charles, as well as many other greatest jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others.
Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Freelon received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College in Boston. Her parents and singing in the church gave the singer her first exposure to the arts –;; especially to the art of jazz. Her father played Count Basie recordings and her mother’s active involvement in their church led Freelon to an appreciation of all music. Ultimately she pursued a career in jazz in which she has excelled. All the while, Freelon has cherished and held dear her two most important lifetime roles – wife and mother. Her husband Phil Freelon is an award-winning architect based in North Carolina. As the mother of three, Freelon has led by example –follow your dreams, dedicate yourself, and work hard in all you do.
May 3, 2015 – Doors open at 3:30 pm. Concert at 4:00 pm.
Purchase tickets in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/795030