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Students Get a Lesson in Jazz By Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist
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Students Get a Lesson in Jazz By Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist


According to Blake High School Signature Coordinator Peter Daddone:

On Tuesday, Sept. 6th from 1:30-2:10 p.m., at James Hubert Blake High School Amphitheater, six-time Grammy Award nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon to conduct a master class workshop with students of Blake High School aspiring to professional careers in the music industry. A robust, interactive session with 100 students as the school year gets underway.

 Acclaimed jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon takes time to share her craft with high school students in Montgomery County the day before she performs a benefit concert at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center to support scholarships for Bowie State University.

 The interactive dialogue will engage students in exploring the range of emotion and expressive techniques that bring music to life. This kind of hands-on interaction with a professional artist is often life changing for young people looking for role models.

An accomplished singer, composer, producer, and arranger (as well as budding actress), Freelon has dedicated herself to educating young people.  She toured the United States for four years as the National Spokesperson for Partners in Education. She also toured in a ground-breaking State Department sojourn of Vietnam with occasional collaborator Herbie Hancock.

A versatile songstress, Freelon has performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jessye Norman and the late Ray Charles. Her unique style puts a twist on traditional tunes leaving audiences pleasantly surprised.

Freelon will perform at the Music Center at Strathmore Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 7:30 p.m.

For more insights into Ms. Freelon visit www.bowiestate.edu/nnenna. For tickets, visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.


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