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Monday, November 20th, 2017

Award-winning singer songwriter Laura Mvula added as special guest, Miriam Makeba & Nina Simone: Singing Protest & Memory with Somi

New York, NY (November 20, 2017) – Jazz at Lincoln Center announced today that British recording artist, songwriter, and pianist Laura Mvula will be added as a special guest to the Miriam Makeba & Nina Simone: Singing Protest & Memory with Somi concerts in The Appel Room, May 18–19. The concert will also feature star vocalist Somi, who together with Mvula, will channel the irrepressible spirit and iconic music of Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone, two of the most uncompromising vocalists and activists of the 20th century.

Since bursting onto the cultural landscape in 2013, Laura Mvula has become one of the U.K.’s finest exports. From her two Mercury Prize nominations, Ivor Novello Best Album and Mobo Award wins to her BRIT Awards nods, she has found herself at the forefront of the funk and soul revival. With effortless originality and a molasses-rich voice, Mvula invites listeners into a glowing, poetic world.

Miriam Makeba & Nina Simone: Singing Protest & Memory with Somi will take place in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit jazz.org.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2017–18 season celebrates the organization’s 30th anniversary. Since the first downbeat of its summer concert series in 1987, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been a vital part of the global cultural landscape. Jazz at Lincoln Center was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1996; opened Frederick P. Rose Hall, the “House of Swing”, in 2004, making it the world’s first venue designed specifically for jazz; and launched Blue Engine Records in 2014 to share its vast archive of recordings. Over the past three decades, Jazz at Lincoln Center has become an important advocate for jazz, culture, and arts education globally, reaching an audience of nearly 2 million people of all ages and experiences through concerts, webcasting, musical instruction, and distribution of music scores—the vast majority of which is free of charge. To date, Jazz at Lincoln Center has produced more than 1,200 original concerts in the New York City area, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra having performed in over 446 cities in 41 countries on five continents. This milestone season reflects on 30 years of celebrating the universal language of music and the influence of jazz in the present day. Throughout the 2017–18 season, Jazz at Lincoln Center will bring together a wide array of events, projects, virtuoso musicians, composers, and educators to illustrate the collaborative nature of the art form. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2017–18 season features performances by renowned artists including Joey Alexander, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Eliane Elias, Ellis Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Marilyn Maye, Steve Miller, and Dianne Reeves; as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center debuts by the Harlem Quartet and vocalist and songwriter Somi. The milestone season will conclude with a grand finale world premiere by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director.

All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased at jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am–9pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Reservations for Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola can be made by calling 212-258-9595 or by visiting jazz.org.

Box Office Hours: 
Monday–Saturday: 10am–6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain)
Sunday: 12pm–6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain)

Hot Seats—$10 seats for select shows in Rose Theater—are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance, subject to availability. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information about Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th anniversary season, go to jazz.org.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges
its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, Centene Charitable Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, Steinway & Sons, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, and United Airlines.


Press Inquiries:
Rebecca Kim
Assistant Director, Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center