The new virtual series, AW Studio Sessions is an intimate music experience with the most talented musicians on the scene, LIVE in studio. These sessions will draw you in, and make you feel like you are sitting in, a part of the hang, so pour a beverage, sit back, enjoy the music with us the first Thursday of the month through April 2021.
“I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone” pairs two legends of jazz and soul music to celebrate an iconic artist. The act, consisting of vocals and three instrumentalists, has performed in many festivals, jazz clubs and churches to a sold-out crowds.
“I feel more alive now that I ever in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed. I got Life.”
– Nina Simone
I Got Life is a an event that explores the powerful music and empowering messages of Nina Simone. The presentation moves through four aspects of Ms. Simone’s songbook: Quest, Passion, Fury and Hope. Vocalist Carol Riddick and bassist Gerald Veasley lead an ensemble that re-imagines Nina Simone’s work with inventive energy.
Why “The Music of Nina Simone”?
Riddick and Veasley share a deep appreciation for Ms. Simone’s music and her desire for social justice. As a result, “I Got Life” speaks to our current turbulent times with honesty and raw beauty. Veasley and Riddick understand there is no better time to present this timeless music.
“Carol Riddick and Gerald Veasley bring Nina Simone’s music to life with their mesmerizing performance. Carol’s emotional vocals backed by Gerald’s powerful musicianship keep audiences on the edge of their seats from the first to last note. I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone is a must-see concert.” – John Ernesto, General Manager, Berks Jazz Fest