Abbey Lincoln Tribute Concert at The Apollo Theater NYC - Will's New York Nite Life

Abbey Lincoln Tribute Concert at The Apollo Theater NYC

Abbey Lincoln Tribute Concert at The Apollo Theater NYC

The Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St., (212) 531-5305

Saturday (May 6)

By virtue of her singing alone, Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) was one of the great ladies of jazz; a versatile stylist to be compared with Carmen McRae or Annie Ross. But as a songwriter, the late Miss Lincoln truly was in a class by herself, virtually the only heavyweight Diva (apart from, possibly, Peggy Lee) to spend her entire career continually writing new songs – many of which were excellent enough to actually be performed by other singers. In jazz, more than any other form of music, that is a major accomplishment all by itself. On Saturday, three of today’s contemporary, heavy duty divas – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winners all – will honor Lincoln’s amazing legacy. The whole event will be under the musical direction of drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington; come to think of it, the idea of an Abbey Lincoln songbook album would make a great idea for the next volume in Ms. Carrington’s highly successful Mosaic Project series.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR, and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, October 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)