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Samirah Evans and Wanda Houston - Classic Duets 11/17/18

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Next Stage Arts Project presents jazz vocalists Wanda Houston and Samirah Evans Singing Classic Duets and more. Wanda L. Houston has lived and performed professionally throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. She has performed on Broadway stages, in films, recordings and television. Living on the East Coast in New York and New England has returned her to the roots of her career, music, and connected her with musicians who share her joy and belief in the power of its effect on the hearts of the people who take the time to listen. She has worked in varying capacities with Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, John Tuturro, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Cole, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle and Sam Harris on the stages of Pasadena Playhouse, Universal Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. During her career as a performer and recording artist, Samirah Evans has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city’s most popular and in-demand singers for nearly 20 years. Her 1990 debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began a run of 15 consecutive appearances, either as a leader or featured vocalist, and she was a fixture in clubs and concert venues throughout the Crescent City, including Snug Harbor, Tipitina’s and the House of Blues. Evans has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Poncho Sanchez, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Jaimoie (of the Allman Brothers), and Sam Kininger. “Evans’ assets — which once made her the toast of pre-Katrina New Orleans — include her sultry, sometimes silken, always smoking hot vocals and vibrant stage presence.” —Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor. Wanda and Samirah’s musical connection deepened when Samirah invited Wanda to be featured in her Ladies in Jazz Series, in which they shared duets as well as performed solo selections. Said Samirah about Wanda “ I loved her style and her spirit. When we met it was if we had known each other forever. We both felt like we had a deep connection from the past as if we were sisters. And when we appeared on stage for the first time it was electric!” 

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Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00