“From Justice to Jazz” Let Freedom Ring with Nnenna Freelon
Justice, after a historic verdict in Minneapolis, is the subject today during this Jazz Appreciation Month. Join me and my special guest, six-time GRAMMY nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon as we explore the powerful human connection of justice and jazz and the significance in this moment.
ABOUT NNENNA FREELON
Six-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. As a writer, composer, producer and educator the songstress has performed at prestigious venues and events from The Kennedy Center to The White House and even The Grammys. In 2019, she received from the National Association of Women In The Arts the “Youth Empowerment Through the Arts” Award and “Artist of the Year’ Award. She was named a “Woman of Substance” by Bennett College for Woman, and much more.
Nnenna is also a wife, mother, and sister who has experienced life’s amazing gifts, and also its heartbreak. The loss of her soulmate and husband, renowned architect Phil Freelon, in 2019 to ALS, followed by the loss of her sister Debbie in 2020 to cancer, have led to her new works – a new recording entitled “Time Traveler” and her soon-to-be-heard Podcast, “Great Grief”.
Freelon is a winner of both the Billie Holiday Award from the prestigious Académie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award from the Cultural Crossroads Center in New York City. She was nominated twice as “Lady of Soul” by the Soul Train Awards. Freelon has dedicated herself to educating young people, both musicians and non-musicians, and students of all ages as the former National Spokesperson for Partners in Education and through her own master classes and workshops “Sound Sculpture” and “Babysong”. Nnenna lives in Durham, North Carolina happy to be close near her children and grandchildren.
~ More About Bill Myers Inspires ~
Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Myers is an accomplished actor, jazz musician, filmmaker, writer, educator, and speaker. As a bi-racial man who is both black and white, Bill leverages his background, talents, and voice through creativity, compassion, and connection as activism for social justice to focus on uniting the divide and compelling change.
In a civic leadership capacity, he has served as President of the African American Jazz Caucus in NYC, member of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Committee, and served as President of the Indianapolis Downtown Optimist Club. In addition to his Emmy Award, Bill has received many awards and notable commissions for his work including being commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to create an original work for Dr. Martin Luther King Day entitled “The Music, Martin & Me.”
Bill Myers seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower others through the power of entertainment to affect social justice.
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To get more of Bill Myers Inspires, be sure to visit the podcast page for replays of all her shows here: https://www.inspiredchoicesnetwork.com/podcast/bill-myers-inspires/