Annie Lennox Concert to Air on PBS in April
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:25:13
Time to set a DVR recording or to make a note to tune in live!
Annie Lennox, a diva if there ever was one, with her lovely voice, is coming to PBS!
For her latest album and seventh solo effort 'Nostalgia' (Blue Note), Lennox has revealed yet another dimension to her formidable talent. Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the magnetic pull of some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics from the American Songbook.
Her special, Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, offers these unique interpretations of the American songbook. She brings a new intimacy to these timeless classics.
The special airs Friday, April 3 at 10PM on PBS. Check your local listings.
During the 60-minute concert, which was taped at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles in January, Lennox performs songs from her 'Nostalgia' album like "Summertime," "Strange Fruit," "I Cover the Waterfront" and "God Bless the Child."
The special features Lennox's fresh takes on iconic American compositions by such artists as Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, as she pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, interpreting compositions that have moved her, stripping them down to their emotional and musical core and making them her own, demonstrating how these songs continue to resonate even amid the complexities of modern life.
On the album, Lennox approached each song as if she had never heard it before, boiling each down to its bare essence. Working together with co-producer Mike Stevens, Lennox started with keyboards and added instrumentation sparingly such as the lacerating guitar solo in the middle of "Screaming" Jay Hawkins' torrid "I Put a Spell on You." The orchestrations are used on the special.
Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert Song Listing:
Memphis in June
Georgia on My Mind
I Put a Spell on You
I Cover the Waterfront
God Bless the Child
September in the Rain
The Nearness of You
Here Comes the Rain Again
Enjoy this clip of "Summertime."
Now, go set that DVR!