Nnenna Freelon is a world-renown Jazz singer, Composer, Producer, Arranger, and a six-time Grammy nominee

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Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton and Nnenna Freelon Headline 2015 Martha's Vineyard Jazz and Blues Summerfest Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd thru 6th


Mt. Vernon, NY, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, July 31, 2015—Lewis and Kirk Expeditions announced today that Grammy Award winner Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, and six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon will headline the 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Summerfest (http://mvjazzbluessummerfest.com/), Labor Day Weekend, Thursday, September 3 thru Sunday, September 6. Tickets are $45, $65 and $100 and can be purchased online at www.ticketsmv.com.

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton appear on Friday, September 4 and Nnenna Freelon on Sunday, September 6. “The music of these brilliant women takes you on a journey through song that causes the spirit to soar, the senses to smile and the surroundings to shine,” said Sheila Baptista, CEO and President of Lewis and Kirk Expeditions.

This is Fischer’s debut appearance at Summerfest. Winner of the Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance for “How Can I Ease the Pain,” Fischer has a multi-octave voice that when coupled with the outstanding musicians in Grand Baton, guarantees that the audience will be on its collective feet throughout the evening. With her astonishing range, spot-on intonation and a mastery of the stage, Fischer is sought out as a headliner for jazz festivals throughout the world. Fischer, who regularly tours and records with Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Sting and Chris Botti among others, is featured in the Oscar and Grammy-winning 2013 documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” which shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

Freelon is also making her Summerfest debut. Her appearance is almost a trip home for the Six-time Grammy Award nominee. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston. Freelon has a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. In 2014, she starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at The Venetian Las Vegas hotel. Freelon is a cast member of and a collaborator of “The Clothesline Muse,” which celebrates African American culture and women’s history amongst other themes through live music, dance, visual art and projection. She is the winner of the Billie Holiday Award from France’s Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award from the Cultural Crossroads Center in NYC.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, the festival hosts a free concert at Union Chapel, 55 Narragansett Avenue, Oaks Bluffs, featuring jazz greats 25 and under. The line-up includes Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the Sarah Vaughn 2014 competition, Liza Colby - Tribute to Tina Turner and the festival’s only male ensemble Orange Julius and The Beats. Doors open at 6:00pm, show time is 6:30pm.

The music moves to the Old Whaling Church, 89 Main Street, Edgartown, on Friday, Sept. 4, Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6. Doors open at 6:00pm, show time is 6:30pm. In addition to Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, Friday’s show includes Sharel Cassity, voted ‘Rising Star Alto Saxophone’ in the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, and Andrea and James Rohlehr and the AndJam Band, the dynamic husband and wife songwriting and performing duo. Saturday’s show is headlined by Women of the World, a Boston-based collective of women musicians hailing from Japan, India, Italy, Haiti, Mexico, and the United States. The core singers and their eclectic band perform original and traditional folk music in over 17 languages from across the globe and have performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Saturday will also feature Sage, the all-female jazz and blues vocal and instrumental ensemble that performed at the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugural Balls for President Barack Obama and Major League Baseball All-Star Games among other major venues. In addition to Freelon, Sunday’s show features jazz pianist phenom Yayoi Ikawa, who has performed with Reggie Workman and Howard Johnson among others, and jazz and gospel blending musician Kersten Stevens, the Queen of the Sacred Violin.

Back by popular demand is the “Designers, Desserts and Drinks Reception,” which features vendors selling beautifully handcrafted and uniquely designed clothing, jewelry and art creations, along with some surprises, at the Old Whaling Church in The Bailey Room from 3:00pm to 10:00pm each day of the concerts. The reception is free and open to the public.

Sponsors include a mix of returning and new sponsors. Returning sponsors are Presenting Sponsor Entergy Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (http://www.pilgrimpower.com/) and Small Business Sponsor G&K Sweet Foods (www.gksweetfoods.com), LLC, and welcome new sponsors American Legacy Magazine (http://www.americanlegacymag.com/), National Media Sponsor; N.E. Informer News Magazine (www.neinformer.net), Northeast Regional Media Sponsor, and Sadhana Tea House (http://www.sadhanawellnesscenter.com/), Small Business Sponsor.

For more information call (914)-363-9299, ext. 384. Excursion travel by coach bus from Westchester departs Sept. 4, returning on Sept. 7. For travel information call (914)-664-1515, (914)-363-9299 or (914)-500-3024. Sponsorship, vendor and advertising opportunities are available by calling (914)-837-1995 or (914)-363-9299.

A portion of the proceeds from Summerfest will benefit regional breast cancer networks and other local organizations assisting women who are receiving cancer treatments.

About Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Summerfest
The festival is designed to celebrate women in the jazz, blues and contemporary arts and support breast cancer treatment initiatives.
About Lewis and Kirk Expeditions –;; Lewis and Kirk Music and Lewis and Kirk Productions
Lewis and Kirk is an unlimited music enterprise, focusing on women’s ensembles in jazz, blues and gospel, engaging in the provision of professional music and entertainment services throughout the United States and abroad. The talented musicians and vocalists in the Lewis & Kirk family represents the finest in the performing arts and always endeavors to deliver an outstanding performance in any venue.




Multiple GRAMMY nominee and jazz great Nnenna Freelon will bring her theatrical project, The Clothesline Muse, to the 14th biennial National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, August 7 & 8.

The Clothesline Muse celebrates African American culture, women’s history, the Civil Rights struggle, and the emerging labor movement of the day, through original live music, emotive dance, brilliant visual art and projection. The story is told through the complex relationship between old-school and new cool.

In this dramatic and poignant tale that explores the clothesline as a metaphor for our community lifeline and its ties to our environment, Grandma Blu, an aging washerwoman and storyteller, desperately wants to share her clothesline legacy, part of the culture of the Old South, and her wisdom before she passes on, with granddaughter Mary Mack. Mary is a modern online woman who believes that speed and technology hold the keys to success. She is both a feminist and futurist wanting nothing to do with yesterday’s washing drudgery and stories. Their relationship and the social traditions it represents and the history it tells, are told in The Clothesline Muse, a journey through laughter, tears, dance, story, song, and struggle.

Six-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon performs the role of Grandma Blu/The Clothesline Muse and is both storyteller and songstress, bringing her unique and stirring vocals to the self-penned original music. Cloteal Horne plays the role of Mary Mack.

When touring this show, there is generally community outreach in each market, something Nnenna does at every possible opportunity. From children’s shows to college, community and other school visits, there are workshops, conversations, Q & A’s and other interaction to ensure that the messages portrayed in the performances serve as social, historical and cultural conduits. The residencies are funded by one of twenty prestigious grants provided by the Community Fund of the National Performance Network (NEFA).

The National Black Theatre Festival offers a wide range of theatrical performances including dramas, comedies, musicals, choreoplays and multimedia. Festival goers will be able to choose from more than 130 performances of new works and Black classics performed by professional Black theatre companies from across the country and abroad. Shows are presented at multiple venues throughout Winston-Salem. Tickets are sold separately for each show and can be purchased on www.nbtf.org.


Nnenna Freelon on the Tavis Smiley Show


The jazz vocalist-actress-composer-playwright and six-time Grammy nominee discusses her stage production, “The Clothesline Muse,” which is currently touring the country.

Nnenna Freelon can really do it all. The six-time Grammy nominated jazz singer has earned the reputation as one of the most compelling performers in the business.

She learned from the greats, having toured with the likes of Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others. In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna is showcasing the whole spectrum of her talents in her latest project as the writer, composer and producer of the original theatrical presentation of "The Clothesline Muse," a work of dance, music, spoken word and vibrant art. She is also one of the stars of the musical theater piece.


The Clothesline Muse - Tour Announcement


The Clothesline Muse explores the clothesline as a metaphor of the African-American community lifeline. The clothesline was a place to meet, to work, to socialize, and to share traditions and common struggles. Inspired by the seemingly small act of hand washing, drying, folding and ironing, the project uses music, dance, text and visual art to celebrate the role played by African-American washerwomen in history and society. Six time Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon is a driving force and featured artist in this newly-created, multi-disciplinary theatrical production.

January 10 & 11: West Palm Beach, FL
January 16: St. Louis, MO
January 23-25: Durham, NC
January 29: High Point, NC
January 31: Davidson, NC
February 20: Lubbock, TX
February 26-28: Columbus, OH
March 28: Wilmington, NC
April 2-4: Dallas, TX

Visit www.nnenna.com/tour or www.TheClotheslineMuse.com/Tour for tickets


"Georgia On My Mind" Residency Sept 18 - Oct 15


The Venetian Las Vegas® to Feature GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles

Nnenna Freelon stars along with award-winning artists Take 6, Clint Holmes, Kirk Whalum with special guests The Las Vegas Mass Choir and Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, September 18 through October 15

This dynamic ensemble of all-star performers will celebrate the genius of American music, Mr. Ray Charles.

Jo-Ann Geffen / Jennifer Gallagher
jgeffen@jagpr.com / jgallagher@jagpr.com
(818) 905-5511


Nnenna Freelon Christmas Album


Nnenna releases First Holiday Album! On Brown Boulevard Records

Acclaimed jazz vocalist and six-time Grammy nominee, Freelon swings in the holidays with fresh big band arrangements of holiday classics. Available in select stores and online at CD Baby.


New Album - Homefree


Nnenna releases 7th Concord Album.

As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, which is the sensibility behind esteemed jazz vocalist and multi-Grammy® nominee Nnenna Freelon’s latest recording for Concord, Homefree.

Homefree - Available in-stores and online April 20


Charlie Rose Interview


Nnenna and Phil Freelon were tapped as featured speakers for the 25th annual Emerging Issues Forum. Celebrated journalist Charlie Rose interviewed the pair before a capacity audience of educators, political and business leaders. "Our children will not inherit a multiple choice world... We must encourage and reward the creative thinker as they are the problem solvers of tomorrow" noted Nnenna.


Nnenna Freelon Singing on Mad Men


Nnenna sings the Duke Ellington penned "Prelude to a Kiss" on the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning AMC show Mad Men.

Click Here to listen to Nnenna sing on episode "Wee Small Hours" on Season 3 of Mad Men.

The Clothesline Muse

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