Songs of Freedom


Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, this event has been moved to University of Houston’s Cullen Performance Hall. Parking is available for $5 in the Welcome Center Garage at the intersection of University Drive and Calhoun Road with the main entrance located on Calhoun Road. Questions? Call 713-524-5050 or email

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

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. 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