Jill Newman Productions Presents:
NTOZAKE SHANGE “Wild Beauties”
w/ William “Spaceman” Patterson
& Michael Raye (Spoken Word with Music)
AWARD-WINNING POET, PLAYWRIGHT, PERFORMER, NOVELIST AND EDUCATOR
Presented by Jill Newman Productions
Special Guest – Patmore Lewis (Violin)
@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Show @ 4PM Sharp (Doors @ 3:30PM)
Ntozake Shange is one of America’s greatest living writers—an acknowledged master in the genres of drama, fiction, memoir, and poetry, she came under the influence of a wide variety of radical movements, including the antiwar Vietnam protests, feminism, the Black arts and Black liberation movements, the Puerto Rican liberation movement and became a voice for all these social justice movements, embodying the ongoing struggle of Black women for equality, dignity, and respect for their enormous contribution to human culture.
Her theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf (dubbed a “choreopoem” for its highly original combination of music, poetry, and dance) was a stunning success on Broadway in 1976-1977—remaining in print since 1974 and basis for the movie by Tyler Perry in 2010. In a hugely prolific career, Shange has written 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, 6 novels, 5 children’s books, 3 collections of essays, and a partial memoir called Lost in Language & Sound. Among her more notable novels are Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo—licensed just this year for translation and publication in German—Betsey Brown, and Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter.
Perhaps more than any other contemporary writer, Shange’s work is part and parcel of modern jazz, especially what is called “free jazz” or “new black music.” She has performed with Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, and many more. Her Blue Note engagement will feature William “Spaceman” Patterson— consummate musical virtuoso who has performed and/or recorded with such artists as: Miles Davis, Mariah Carey Luther Vandross, Sun Ra, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ornette Coleman, Roberta Flack and many others, and Michael Raye—veteran music director and accompanist of Gloria Gaynor, Suzette Charles, Keith David and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
Ntozake was named to the 2016 Langston Hughes Medal for Literature. The Disney-Hyperion Books reissue of her picture book “Float Like a Butterfly,” on the life of Muhammad Ali, is to be featured at the National Book Fair in New Orleans for release this September.
Her first new book of poetry in 10 years, “Wild Beauty,” will be published in English and Spanish by Simon and Schuster this coming November.« Back to Events