The Nashville Jazz Workshop takes its popular Jazz on the Move Series to Vanderbilt Blair School’s Turner Recital Hall on Sunday, September 14, 3pm, with a special presentation by vocalist Connye Florance on the music of the great Dinah Washington.
Dinah Washington was a singer and pianist noted for her gospel-inspired delivery and string of top 10 rhythm-and-blues hits. She was primarily a jazz singer, however, who sang for several years with the Lionel Hampton band and recorded with legends of jazz including Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, and Ben Webster. In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of “What a Diff’rence a Day Made”, which made Number 4 on the US pop chart.
NJW Faculty member Connye Florance is an award-winning vocalist (BET Jazz Vocalist Of The Year, 2000) and dynamic actress who has career credits which include stage, studio and screen performances. She has headlined regional and area jazz festivals with her award winning ensemble, performing alongside such notables as Randy Brecker, Maynard Ferguson and Beegie Adair. She teaches vocal performance classes at NJW from beginner to advanced.
Joining Connye for this performance will be an outstanding rhythm section, featuring Kevin Madill (piano), Roger Spencer (bass), and Marcus Finnie (drums).
This year’s series is presented with support from Caterpillar Financial Services, Peter and Anne Neff, and the Frist Foundation.
The program is at 3:00 pm and is free and open to the public.