Always evolving, expanding, and perfecting her craft, the legendary Cassandra Wilson is considered by many to be one of the greatest vocalists of her generation. Ms. Wilson is credited for combining the blues, folk, R&B, pop, and jazz into a singular musical style now cited by critics as “Americana.” Ms. Wilson will perform during the 38th annual Saratoga Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 27, 2015, celebrating the life and music of jazz legend Billie Holiday.
In 1992, Cassandra moved from Mississippi to New York, signed with Blue Note Records, and released the landmark album, Blue Light ‘Til Dawn. She has garnered numerous awards, including multiple Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Recording, 12 awards from DownBeat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll for Best Female Jazz Vocalist, and an honored place on the historic Mississippi Jazz Trail.
Nine of the ten tracks on Ms. Wilson’s previous release, Another Country (eOne Music, 2012), are originals composed by Wilson and/or her collaborating partner for this project, guitarist-producer Fabrizio Sotti. Recorded in Florence, Italy, Another Country opens with her lead single, “Red Guitar,” and closes with a lushly intimate interpretation of the classic aria “O Sole Mio.”
In 2011, Cassandra Wilson was featured in Prince’s “Welcome 2 America Tour,” and her recent two-night engagement at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre in New York City garnered over $148,000 in ticket sales.
In 2015 Cassandra Wilson will be releasing a highly anticipated new recording titled Coming Forth By Day: Billy Holiday on Sony Legacy. The record was produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and features members of The Bad Seeds (Martyn Casey and Thomas Wydler), T Bone Burnett, and Robbie Marshall with string arrangements by Van Dyke Parks.