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Cassandra Wilson in Concert
March 12, 2008 By P.M.     wersja polska »
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The Jazz Era spring-summer concert season in Poland starts with a performance by exceptional jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson accompanied by the David Murray Quartet. Wilson teamed up with the saxophone player and his band to create the all-American New Black Saint Quartet. The concert takes place March 30 in Warsaw's Kongresowa Hall.

Wilson has a characteristic low-pitched voice and mixes various styles of music such as classical jazz, blues, funk and hip-hop. She learned to play the guitar and piano when young and started her jazz career with The Black Arts Music Society, a band from her home town of Jackson in the state of Mississippi.

Later, in the early 1980s, Wilson worked with Earl Turbinton, a saxophone player from New Orleans. In New York she recorded songs mainly with double-bass player David Holland, vocalist Abbey Lincoln and sax player Steve Coleman. She released her first album, Point of View, in 1986.

Wilson created the album with Coleman and guitarist Jean Paul Bourelly. "The album was a huge hit and resulted in many of the best New York jazz musicians wanting to work with her," says Dionizy Pi±tkowski, the head of Jazz Era festival.

Soon after her first album, Wilson produced Days Aweigh and Blue Skies. Her smoky voice and lively, swing music brought her fans across America.
More albums and concert performances confirmed the quality of her piano playing and singing. The albums Blue Light Til Dawn and New Moon Daughter won many prizes including a Grammy, and sold in huge numbers. In 1999, Wilson dedicated a record, "Traveling Miles," to outstanding jazz musician Miles Davis.

Murray, meanwhile, is a musician not afraid to experiment and is known for his musical innovations. At the end of the 1970s, he co-founded the legendary World Saxophone Quartet. The avant-garde group, together with Art Ensemble Of Chicago, is one of the most important "New Black Music" bands. Murray also worked with James Carter, James Newton, Phil Wilson and Jack DeJohnette.

March 30, 8 p.m., Kongresowa Hall, Palace of Science and Culture, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw
Tickets zl.120-150, available from www.eventim.pl
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