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Nnenna Freelon

Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer, most receontly in 2007 on In Performance At The White House to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. At the 43rd annual GRAMMY Awards telecast from Los Angeles, she inspired an enthusiastic standing ovation from 20,000 music-industry insiders and celebrities when she took to the stage. Prior to that stirring appearance, Freelon’s performances for the legendary Julie Andrews at the Society of Singers’ “Ella Awards,” Variety’s The Children’s Charity (as a featured vocalist at the Stephen Sondheim Tribute at Carnegie Hall), Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and at the most famous jazz festivals around the globe have all been rousing successes. No wonder--for anyone who has heard and seen Freelon sing knows she is a skillful interpreter of even the most familiar chestnuts.

On her Grammy-nominated (for Best Jazz Vocal Performance) release, Blueprint Of A Lady: Sketches of Billie Holiday, Freelon pays tribute to the quintessential jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. As inventive as ever, Freelon turns these Holiday-associated songs and fulfills Billie Holiday’s message to all artists: “No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way with music or it isn’t music.” With her own band, and with Ronald K. brown & EVIDENCE, Freelon and Brown turn this inot a multi-media music and dance offering unlike any show previously seen! Freelon is a winner of both the Billie Holiday Award from the prestigious Academie du Jazz and this tribute brings her to a heartfelt source of inspiration for her artistry and dedication to the music and the power it possesses in education and art.

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April 19, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Jazz Legend Makes Annenberg Center Debut

March 18, 2011

Jazz Singer and Six-Time Grammy Nominee Nnenna Freelon Makes Her...

November 10, 2010

The Beast & Nnenna Freelon: "Freedom Suite" - Free Album Download

October 13, 2010

The Beast and Nnenna Freelon Present Freedom Suite, Hosted by 9th...

May 13, 2010

Bending Melodies into Unorthodox Shapes

April 20, 2010

Nnenna Freelon Releases New CD - "Homefree"

April 12, 2010

Nnenna Freelon to Release New Record

August 20, 2009

LA Phil Presents Ask Your Mama - Inspired by Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods...

July 28, 2009

Nnenna Freelon & Harolyn Blackwell on "Dreaming the Duke" at the...

December 03, 2008

Jazz This Week: Harry Connick Jr, Nnenna Freelon, Steve Schenkel and...

November 30, 2008

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Three Views of Nnenna Freelon

September 12, 2008

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance to Welcome Nnenna...

February 13, 2008

NJPAC Exclusive: Nnenna Freelon & Geri Allen

September 27, 2007

Count Basie Orchestra Performs with Special Guest Nnenna Freelon and...

October 14, 2005

Nnenna Freelon: Capturing the Holiday Spirit

August 05, 2005

Grammy-Nominated Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon releases tribute to Lady...

August 02, 2005

Grammy-Nominated Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon releases tribute to

July 19, 2002

Nnenna Freelon Releases New CD, "Tales Of Wonder: Celebrating Stevie...

”Freelon had no problem charming the audience with a bright, rhythmically infectious performance.” --Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

”Freelon makes each song such a personal statement that they all seem fresh and new...” --Steve Jones, USA Today

”Nnenna Freelon possesses that rarest of qualities... she makes (standards) sound freshly minted, refreshingly new... her phrasing is original, surprising... she mines the (melodies) for new and hidden meaning... and imaginative spirit that reaches out and bubbles over...” --Robert L. Daniels, Variety

”...there is no doubt that Freelon has now positioned herself in the very top echelon...” --Don Heckman,Los Angeles Times

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Discography

Christmas

Christmas

Brown Boulevard Records
2013

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Homefree

Homefree

Concord Music Group
2010

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Blueprint of a Lady: Sketches of Billie Holiday

Blueprint of a Lady:...

Concord Music Group
2005

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Blueprint Of A Lady

Blueprint Of A Lady

Concord Music Group
2005

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Tales Of Wonder

Concord Records
2002

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Nnenna Freelon
Christmas

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