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Grammy Nominated Jazz Vocalist Surprised Local Students With A Music Lesson
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As most kids in the area headed back to school Tuesday, 100 aspiring musical students at James Hubert Blake High School filed into the amphitheater for an interactive lesson in life and the performing arts from six-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon.


“These young people are our future. I think it’s important to provide a role model that they aren’t going to find in other outlets,” explained jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon.


The workshop featured exercises on singing and songwriting and the journey towards achieving a goal. Freelon also gave inside tips on how to overcome stage fright and make the right choices in life.

Freelon sang “Come Rain or Come Shine,” by Johnny Mercer to ignite an interactive dialogue that engaged the students in a q & a session exploring the relationship between the artist and the music; the range of emotion in a lyric and the expressive techniques which bring music to life.

“This workshop is up close and personal. We get to ask questions, we get to talk, and we get to connect in a way that you don’t often get in other situations,” Freelon said.


Freelon puts a unique twist on traditional jazz tunes and has performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jessye Norman and the late Ray Charles.


You can hear the acclaimed jazz vocalist perform at the Music Center at Strathmore Wednesday, September 7th.


“In life, no matter what occupation you choose, it’s all about the journey not the destination,” Freelon concluded.


To purchase tickets for Wednesday’s performance, which supports scholarships for Bowie State University, visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100

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