This event will be on Zoom for the TNS community and streamed on Facebook.com/newschooljazz for the public.
An open class and discussion.
Two important ways of understanding the celebrated Queen of Soul. In the rush to celebrate her legacy after she passed away in 2018, it was easy to lose sight of the details that marked her years of training before she was crowned, and also to overlook the musical styles and social conditions that set the stage for her arrival in 1967. With audio and video demonstrations, this lecture will look at the rise of Soul music—and dive into the details of the Queen of Soul's vocal style as well, focusing on the musical details that distinguish her from other R&B and black gospel singers.
Moderated by Ashley Kahn & faculty member Nicki Richards.
Ashley Kahn is a Grammy-winning music historian, journalist, and professor at New York University. He has written books on two legendary recordings—Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme—and co-authored the Carlos Santana autobiography The Universal Tone.
Faculty member Nicki Richards is a singer, songwriter, producer and actress. In addition to being the featured vocalist for many of Frankie Knuckles House anthems, Richards is a much in demand backing and sessions vocalist. She has recorded and performed for the past several years with Madonna, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Céline Dion, Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstadt, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, Ultra Naté, Anastacia, Bette Midler, Maxi Priest and the Rev. Al Green just to name a few.