Blues Women – is a multi-discipline program combining music, film, movement and song, while exploring six dynamic blues women that shaped American music. Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Dinah Washington, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday and Mamie Smith will come alive as Lenora and live trio of musicians perform their songs and tell their stories in this interactive, audience participatory experience. The film installation, created by filmmaker Lana Garland, consists of archival and present day footage which interweaves with the live performance, tracing the contributions of these great women in contemporary music from then to now. Using the genres of Blues, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop, this presentation is suitable for all ages.
NCCU Jazz Ensemble & Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- Live performances by artists inspired by Nina Simone’s music and legacy, including Yolanda Rabun, Lenora Helm, Mary D. Williams and Lydia Salett Dudley will be held at St. Luke's Plaza (64 N. Trade Street) from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
A generous thanks to our event sponsors including the Nina Simone Project, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, University of North Carolina - Asheville, and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Organized by National Trust for Historic Preservation
NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble sings at HOMEGROWN: 6th Annual NC Women’s Preaching Festival