Abbey Lincoln, the acclaimed American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress, will be honored with a tribute by Kennedy Center Jazz at the Merriam Theater.
Born in Chicago in 1930, Abbey Lincoln was raised in rural Michigan. She released a series of albums for Riverside Records in the 1950s, and in 1960 she sang on Max Roach’s civil rights recording We Insist! From then on, Lincoln’s lyrics were often associated with the civil rights movement. Towards the end of her life, Lincoln had her friend Dee Dee Bridgewater jeek her songbook alive. In 2011, one year after Lincoln’s death, Bridgewater joined Dianne Reeves at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. for a performance honoring Lincoln.
This show at the Merriam Theater is a remounted version of that performance in the nation’s capital, and will feature the Grammy-winning jazz artists Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. The program will celebrate the life and legacy of Lincoln, showcasing songs from her extensive songbook. Grammy-winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington will lead the show.
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