Presented by the Australian Jazz Museum
Saturday 21 February 8pm
All tickets $25
Knox Community Arts Centre
790 Mountain Highway, Bayswater
Nina Simone was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century. An icon of music who crossed the genres of jazz, blues and soul. She was the consummate musical storyteller and passionate civil rights activist.
Early 2005, Ruth Rogers-Wright put together a tribute show in honor of Nina Simone's birthday performing at Dizzys jazz club to a capacity crowd with the Mark Fitzgibbon trio. The incredible reception persuaded Ruth to make the performance in to a show. Thus FAULOUS DIVA - THE MUSIC OF DR NINA SIMONE was born.
The show features prose - anecdotes, quotes, biographical history and gossip that tells the story of Nina Simone. The tribute channels the energy and style of Ms Simone rather than parroting the voice of the late diva.
Ruth Rogers-Wright is a singer/songwriter from Brixton, S. London U.K and has lived in Melbourne for 15 years. Like Nina Simone herself, Ruth's approach to music is not always easy to pin down as it is so varied. Her velvet blue tone voice has been described as Sara Vaughn, Nina Simone and Sade. She sings in a style that is sometimes an emotional whisper to an industrial scream. She sings as herself.
‘An eclectic range, from jazz to folk to soul.’ - GLENN MITCHELL HERALD SUN
‘Pure and authentic interpretation on Nina Simone’s music.’ FIONA SCOTT- NORMAN THE AGE
For bookings or enquiries please contact the Box Office on 9729 7287 or book online at www.knox.vic.gov.au/theatretix