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Monday June 03, 2019

I DIG JAZZ

PARADISE JAZZ SERIES WRAPS UP SEASON WITH TERENCE BLANCHARD WSG QUIANA LYNELL & LEDISI PERFORMING SCORES FROM SPIKE LEE’S FILMS

“Sunday afternoon at Orchestra Hall in midtown Detroit the Paradise Jazz Series wrapped up its 2018-2019 jazz season with, in my estimation, the best concert in recent memory. The concert best described as a two-hour extravaganza captained by Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, featuring music Blanchard scored for Spike Lee’s films ‘Jungle Fever,’ ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Clockers’ ‘25th Hour, ‘Miracle at St. Anna,’ ‘When the Levees Broke,’ and ‘BlacKKKlansman. Blanchard was backed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Damon Gupton and Blanchard’s group the E-Collective with special guest vocalists Quiana Lynell and Ledisi. The concert started with two cuts from ‘Jungle Fever’ ‘Make Sure You’re Sure, “which featured Lynell, and ‘These Three Words,’ which featured Ledisi. Her version would have given its author Stevie Wonder goosebumps. Inarguably, Lynell and Ledisi who is more of a household name in neo-soul and R&B circles were the showstoppers the first half of the concert. Ledisi possesses the kind of vocal range that would fit comfortably in any genre she desires to undertake. And Lynell from the initial note she belted Sunday afternoon proved she was born to sing jazz.”

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