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The Jazz Side of Aretha Franklin

February 22, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


“All I’m askin’ is for a little respect!” It was a song that defined Aretha Franklin’s fierce vocal prowess. But the diva also had a softer side. Her impact on the jazz world inspires this intimate evening of some of the singer’s greatest hits.

Franklin moved to New York City in the 60s, where she performed with jazz greats including Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Award-winning singer and actress Desirée Roots brings this portion of Franklin’s songbook to life for a can’t-miss evening of stories and standards.

Roots is one of Coastal Virginia’s brightest talents, honoring Franklin while delivering her unique spin with a soaring vocal range and lush quality that celebrates this rarely heard portion of Franklin’s repertoire. Accompanied by Dr. Weldon Hill and Lucy Kilpatrick on piano and keys, James “Saxsmo” Gates on saxes, Keith Willingham on trumpet, Michael Hawkins on bass, and Billy Williams on drums, this promises to be a tribute to Aretha Franklin like none other!


February 22, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Hampton Arts


The American Theatre
125 East Mellen St
Hampton, VA 23663 United States
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