6/16/18 O&A NYC DANCE/REVIEW: Philadanco at the Joyce

By Walter Rutledge

Philadanco (Philadelphia Dance Company) opened their New York City season on June 12 at the Joyce Theater. The eleven- member ensemble performed four works by choreographers Thang Dao, Christopher L. Huggins, and two former Philadanco Company members Dawn Marie Bazemore and Tommie-Waheed Evans. The well curated program used social injustice as the evening’s theme. Continue reading

10/29/17 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Queens of Jazz- The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas


Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas featuring Sara Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more.  Continue reading

8/6/16 (REPOST) Tribute To Dudley Williams: A Song For You (1986)

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In 1972, Alvin Ailey created the elegiac solo Love Songs for dancer Dudley Williams. The  sixteen minute solo, composed in three sections includes A Song for You by Donny Hathaway; Poppies by Nina Simone; and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother by Donny Hathaway. Many  thought of the work as the male equivalent of the female solo Cry (1971). Continue reading

3/17/16 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: Nina Simone- Mississippi Goddam


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Mississippi Goddam, written and performed by singer and pianist Nina Simone, captures her response to the murder of Medgar Evers in Mississippi; and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four black children. Released on her album Nina Simone in Concert, which was based on recordings of three concerts she gave at Carnegie Hall in 1964.   Continue reading

6/5/15 O&A Shall We Dance- A Tribute To Dudley Williams: A Song For You (1986)

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In 1972, Alvin Ailey created the elegiac solo Love Songs for dancer Dudley Williams. The  sixteen minute solo, composed in three sections includes A Song for You by Donny Hathaway; Poppies by Nina Simone; and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother by Donny Hathaway. Many  thought of the work as the male equivalent of the female solo Cry (1971). Continue reading

5/30/15 O&A Its Saturday – Anything Goes: Nina Simone- The Legend

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Nina Simone,  singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist, the High Priestess Of Soul was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; 21 February 1933, Tryon, North Carolina. Her musical style arose from a fusion of Gospel and Pop songs with Classical Music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration and father of all modern music, Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied with her expressive Jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto.

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 Nina Simone, candid interview from the legendary Singer plus concert footage.

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10/18/14 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Dudley Williams- A Song For You (1986) An Excerpt From Love Songs

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Jennifer Dunning’s December 14, 1986 New York Times review of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began with an acknowledgement to dancer Dudley Williams. The title and opening paragraphs says it all. Continue reading