Songs of Freedom

Da Camera Jazz Series
Songs of Freedom: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone
Featuring vocalists René Marie, Theo Bleckmann and Alicia Olatuja
Pre-concert conversation with music director and drummer Ulysses Owens and Da Camera Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg at 7:15 PM.

Read the program notes by Rick Mitchell.

This event has been moved to University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall. $5 parking is available in the Welcome Center garage at the corner of Calhoun and University Drive, with the entrance on Calhoun.

Three adventurous vocalists of today present compelling visions of America in the 1960’s, paying tribute to three giants — Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone — with songs like Balm in Gilead, Both Sides Now, Everything Must Change, Freedom Day and Baltimore. These prolific artists championed freedom in the realms of civil rights, individuality, love and politics. Abbey Lincoln was a strong presence at Da Camera, appearing the first year the organization presented a stand-alone jazz series and making multiple return visits. Grammy Award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. is music director of this ambitious tribute first presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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“among the most dynamic jazz vocalists around …The voice is spectacular: dark, full and rich…utterly transfixing.” – JazzTimes on René Marie


“a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage” – The New York Times on Alicia Olatuja


“Theo Bleckmann sounds like he can sing anything.” – Boston Globe