In her Triad debut, Alicia Crowe pays musical tribute to blues jazz legend Alberta Hunter. Hunter’s career spanned six decades as she overcame obstacles and broke racial barriers to become one of the first African American singers to make the transition from performing in lowly brothels to becoming the “toast of royalty and international society.”
Join Alicia as she takes you on a historic musical journey through the origins and early development of America’s classical music (commonly known as jazz). Setting the scene in the 1920’s, Alicia takes you to some of the most famous ballrooms, cabarets, nightclubs and theaters while paying tribute to Alberta and other composers and performers of this magical era. With her sassy, smooth sultry contralto tones and her playful swing and witty humor, she recreates the “bright light district.” She will perform with her trio: Takaaki Otomo on piano, Paul Beaudry on bass, and Greg Buford on drums. Special appearance by Rome Neal (Nuyorican Poets Café).
“I’m doing this to bring Alberta’s legacy to light,” says Alicia. “I have a special interest in keeping Ms. Hunter’s memory alive. She is how my parents met. She worked with both my parents at GoldWater Hospital in the 1950’s and was a nurse supervisor. My mother, a retired nurse, lived across the hall from her. I want people to remember her. If it weren’t for her, I would not be here."
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018
178 West 72nd Street
New York City (Upper West Side)
Tickets: $20 (with a two drink minimum)
(212) 279-4200 • www.triadnyc.com
ABOUT ALBERTA HUNTER
Alberta Hunter was born in 1895 in Memphis Tennessee. She was a jazz, blues, and cabaret singer, songwriter, stage actress, and a nurse. She performed and recorded with the greats like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, King Oliver, Lovie Austin, and Fletcher Henderson. Hunter’s recording Downhearted Blues with Bessie Smith sold one million records. She toured with the United Service Organizations, Inc.
ABOUT ALICIA CROWE
Ms. Crowe is a practicing attorney; the author of Real Dads Stand Up, a legal guide for fathers in family court, and hot sauce entrepreneur. Shortly after graduating law school at Howard University School of Law, she studied with Dr. Stanley L. Ralph, and auditioned and was accepted into the Jazz Mobile Saturday Workshop under the late Dr. Billy Taylor. There she studied with Marion Cowlings, Nancy Marano, and Charenee Wade. She later studied with Carrie Jackson, Whitney Marchelle and the Barry Harris Jazz Vocal Masterclass. Alicia has opened concerts with Stella Marrs, Jimmy Heath, Norman Simmons, Sheila Jordan, Cameron Brown, Carrie Jackson, Sam Waymon, and Paul Beaudry. She is a member of the Barry Harris Jazz Choir.
Media inquiries are direct to A. T., Bell at (845) 558-1075 or [email protected] Learn more at www.aliciacrowemusic.com