New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) presents: Songs for Dr. King Nina Simone & Mahalia Jackson on July 13
“The best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation” (The Wall Street Journal) Brianna Thomas delivers a powerful tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the iconic works of two musical legends. Nina Simone (“The High Priestess of Soul”) and Mahalia Jackson (“The Queen of Gospel”) individually crafted worlds of sound in jazz, pop, soul, gospel, and spirituals that were inextricably linked to the life, philosophy, and leadership of Dr. King.
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Thomas laces together these uplifting narratives in dazzling new arrangements featuring guest trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon and an ensemble of powerhouse soloists, including trumpeter Bruce Harris, pianist James Hurt (piano), and guitarist Marvin Sewell, as well as alto saxophonist Patrick Bartley, Jr., keyboardist Conun Pappas, percussionist Fernando Saci, bassist Ryan Berg, and drummer Kyle Poole. Musical selections range from the passionate and fearless “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and “Feeling Good”—both performed by Simone—to the soulful favorite “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” which Jackson performed at several civil rights rallies.
5 p.m. | Doors Open
Until 7 p.m. | LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery open to view Georgia O’Keeffe’s Works
7–8:30 p.m. | Concert
Until 10:30 p.m. | Haupt Conservatory open for viewing of Hawai‘i exhibition
NYBG Shop open until 9 p.m.
Non-Member $48 / Member $43
Early Bird Rate through March 30: Non-Member $119 / Member $106
Summer Concert Series pass including all three concerts: Non-Member $129 / Member $114
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NYBG is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
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