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Date: Monday, October 14, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center presents Nnenna Freelon & Trio

World-renowned jazz singer and six-time GRAMMY Award nominee Nnenna Freelon performs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 25 at 7:30 pm. Freelon appears with Miki Hayama on piano, Alfred Batchelor on upright bass, and Leon Joyce on drums.

Freelon has earned a reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. Recently, she triumphed in two productions: composer Laura Karpman’s undertaking of Langston Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama” at The Apollo Theater and The Hollywood Bowl, and in SRO-shows at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival with the Duke Ellington- inspired “Dreaming the Duke” with Harolyn Blackwell and pop-jazz-crossover pianist Mike Garson.

Over the last decade Freelon has garnered six GRAMMY nominations, made her feature film debut in What Women Want starring Mel Gibson, and sang a remake of Frank Sinatra’s classic, “Fly Me To The Moon” for The Visit, starring Billy Dee Williams. She has twice been nominated for the “Lady of Soul” Soul Train Award. Freelon has performed and toured with Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, and George Benson, among others.

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $25 General, $20 Discount and $12 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children, up to age 17, and are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or by ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.


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