Women in Jazz: Celebrating Cassandra Wilson


Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:00pm


Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Presented by: Office for the Arts and the Harvard Jazz Bands
Tickets: Full Price: $15.00; Students & Seniors (65+): $8.00; Outings & Innings: $10 with Harvard ID.
How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222

A concert featuring Cassandra Wilson, the 2017 Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence, with the Harvard Jazz Bands. Yosvany Terry and Mark Olson, conductors.

Named the 2017 Jazz Master in Residence at Harvard University, Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-‘70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early ‘80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective.
At the completion of her stint with M-Base, Cassandra sought a more acoustic context for her vocal expression. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn,” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.
Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways jazz, vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, and a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
In 2015, Cassandra Wilson joined forces with the prestigious label Legacy, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Her latest project, “Coming Forth By Day,” was released on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth—April 7, 2015.

Related event:

Wednesday, April 5, 4 pm: “A Conversation with Cassandra Wilson” moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, at the Leverett House Library Theatre, Mill St. (between Plympton and DeWolfe streets). Presented by OFA Learning From Performers. Admission free, tickets/RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.