• WBGO is Going to Detroit for Sing The Truth!

    August 19, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Come join WBGO on Labor Day at noon for our special broadcast of Sing the Truth! with Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo and Dianne Reeves, live from the free, outdoors, downtown Detroit Jazz Festival.

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    The three women knocked us dead when they performed in June at the Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs. After that they toured Europe, and have only three more performances this year after Detroit.

    So catch them while you can as Rhonda Hamilton hosts our Labor Day special, Sing the Truth! from the Detroit Jazz Festival, on the Detroit Jazz Festival Radio Network -- WBGO, KUVO in Denver, WCBE in Columbus and more.

    Here's a clip from the trio's performance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 2010, followed by the FIJM program description:

    It's a fantastic assemblage of major women of the stage, in a massive Montreal premiere. Raising high the torch inherited from firebrand singers Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta, this trio of superb vocalists intends to loudly proclaiming their support for the civil rights cause. The program will certainly feature originals, but also melodies descended from the jazz, folk and blues legacy that inspired Dylan, Springsteen and Joplin, bequeathed by three recently-departed grandes dames, as well as flourishes of Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and... Erikah Badu! Around these three women who unite art and a great cause, find five musicians, including magnificently versatile pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. It's gonna be a wonderful, memorable evening!

    On the Sing the Truth! web page, the copy  promises songs of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Joan Armatrading and Lauryn Hill. And when I saw the show, they sang at least two by Tracy Chapman.

    WBGO's Josh Jackson will also be in Detroit, preparing his special Detroit edition of The Checkout in September. Later in the season, you hear more on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. And watch this blog for more previews, coverage during the Festival weekend, and follow-up.

    Are you coming to Detroit? It would be great to see you there, If not, come join us on the web!

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