• Sing the Truth! Listen Now

    September 7, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Wright, Kidjo, Reeves .. Photo: Jeff Forman
    Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves .. Photo: Jeff Forman

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    Three women, three unique voices and musical choices with superb musicians, unfolding with the arc of a theater production on a hot night in the Motor City -- that's Sing the Truth! from the Detroit Jazz Festival.

    Listen now to Sing the Truth!  along with highlights from the DJF set by trumpeter Sean Jones by clicking on the links below.

    The musicians are Geri Allen, Romero Lubambo, James Genus, Munyungo Jackson, and musical director Terri Lyne Carrington. Sean's band is Brian Hogans, Orrin Evans, Luques Curtis, and Obed Calvaire.

    Special thanks to host Rhonda Hamilton and music mixer Duke Markos. Thanks to Terri Pontremoli and everyone in Detroit who made our special Labor Day broadcast of Sing the Truth! possible.


    Olive Juice and Forgiveness (both composed by Jones)


    Bold Soul Sister (Ike & Tina Turner)

    I've Got to Use My Imagination (Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg)

    Freedom Dance (Reeves)

    Saduva (Miriam Makeba)


    Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)

    How I Got Over (Clara Ward)

    Baby I Love You (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector)

    All That You Have Is Your Soul (Tracy Chapman)


    32 Flavors (Ani Di Franco)

    Gimme Shelter (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

    Medley of The Music Is the Magic (Abbey Lincoln), CC Rider (trad arr Odetta), Pata Pata (Makeba)

    Transitions (Jones)

    Some thought this opening night concert of the Detroit Jazz Festival should have been on CLOSING night. What could follow it? Well, three days and two nights of four stages of music, one night quickly moved indoors because of thunderstorms, temperatures in the 90s plunging into the 50s, a panoply of music and the people who come out and see it, and the experiences and emotions that come with that, that's what Sing the Truth! helped to get started.

    Mark Stryker wrote in the Detroit Free Press, " This was the most intelligent and satisfying mix of progressive ideas and traditional programming since I started covering the event 15 years ago. . . ."

    Thanks also to our hardworking friends at the Detroit Jazz Festival for making it all happen, and for letting WBGO play a part. And you can always check back to wbgo.org/detroit to read all of our interviews, photos and updates that comprise our comprehensive coverage of the event.

    See you at Detroit 2012!

  • Sing the Truth! - "With near record breaking heat and high humidity, I felt chills"

    September 3, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Rhonda Hamilton writes:  The Detroit Jazz Festival got off to a spectacular start Thursday evening with fireworks in the sky and on the stage, as the voices of Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright rang out into the night and captivated the opening night crowd.

    With near record breaking heat and high humidity in the Motor City over the last few days, the word perspiration doesn’t fit the bill.  We have all been sweating but within the first few seconds of Sing The Truth!, I literally felt chills. These three incredibly gifted artists, each with her own distinctive style, put on a show that energized the audience and made us glad to be alive.

    Dianne Reeves sings with the clarity, confidence and passion of an artist who has earned diva status. In complete command of her instrument, she knows how to weave a spell, create drama and take the music higher.

    Dianne Reeves .. Photo by Jeff Forman
    Dianne Reeves .. Photo by Jeff Forman

    Angelique Kidjo carries the spirit of Mother Africa within her soul. Her voice, her dance, her exuberance have the power to make you scream.

    Angelique Kidjo in motion .. Photo by Jeff Forman
    Angelique Kidjo in motion .. Photo by Jeff Forman

    Lizz Wright embodies youth and beauty and grace.  Despite her young years she has the heart of a woman and the wisdom to match.  With a voice like warm honey she digs deep and brings up a well of emotion with each performance.

    Lizz Wright .. Photo by Jeff Forman
    Lizz Wright .. Photo by Jeff Forman

    During their months on tour, Dianne, Angelique and Lizz have developed a strong bond, clearly inspiring and learning from each other.  They share the love and they “Sing The Truth.” Don’t miss our broadcast Labor Day Monday at noon.

    Photo by Jeff Forman
    Photo by Jeff Forman
    Thanks, Jeff! Great photos
    Thanks, Jeff! Great photos