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‘Nina Simone: Musical Legacy of the High Priestess of Soul’ Webinar

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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If there was any artist in the history of American music who truly “met the moment,” it was Nina Simone. After all, she appeared as if by magic at exactly the right moment of our nation’s cultural pivot — the era of the Civil Rights movement — and became the perfect spokeswoman of that highly transformational era. Why was it that at a time when most great female jazz singers kept away from politics — and even most soul singers at Motown projected an aura of conformist glamour — Simone eagerly lept into the fray, proudly planting her flag as a black woman who wasn’t going to take anything from anybody? It’s time to take a closer look at the incredible career of this remarkable artist — from her influences to the highs and lows behind her amazing achievements.

Join New York Adventure Club as we take a deep dive into the musical legacy of Nina Simone, an incredibly accomplished American singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader of the mid-20th century whose take-no-prisoners attitude toward challenging the status quo of race and gender — or her music itself — helped spark social and political change in America.

Led by award-winning author Will Friedwald, who is widely considered one of the nation’s most prolific music writers, our journey through the incredible life and music of Nina Simone will include:

– A deep dive into her early years including becoming a concert piano prodigy who, at a young age, was accepted to study at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music
-The challenges Simone faced growing up , from racism to poverty, and how the church played a key role in overcoming that adversity
-Her transformation from classical student to jazz-soul / vocal-piano superstar , and how she became a living legend on the international festival circuit
– Simone’s brilliant performances on stages all over the world
-A discussion of her incredible ability to absorb everything she ever heard , from full-on classical piano and show tunes, to folk and rhythm & blues, to gospel and soul
-A comprehensive look at the sound and the persona that did more than any other performer to define an era

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Will — any and all questions about Nina Simone are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week !
See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Will
Will Friedwald is a featured arts writer for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and the award-winning author of ten books on music and popular culture, including the new Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole, as well as A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz And Pop Singers, Sinatra: The Song Is You, Stardust Melodies, Tony Bennett: The Good Life, Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, and Jazz Singing. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

“Perfect blend of information and music” -Greg
“A great overview of Nina Simone, both in terms of biographical information and Will’s “patented” clippage.” -Ken
“The presenter did a great job of covering the ups and downs of Simone’s extraordinarily complicated life without sugarcoating the rough bits.” -Bee
“I liked everything.. Love Nina Simone So much I did not know about her.” -Karen
“The works selected by the Presenter were great.” -Phillis
“Will’s presentations are always good. I consider this one his best” -Lane
“I liked the history, the songs and the overall picture of it all.” -Zahida

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Photo Credit: Main – Gilles Petard/Redferns, Middle-Right – Christian Robinson
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