When: Thu., March 11, 7:30 p.m. 2010
“From Ella to Mandela: The Legacy of the African and American Spirit,” a musical exploration of the contributions of American jazz female vocalists, juxtaposed to the South African experience in a reprise of the Nelson Mandela inspired suite, “Hope in Action.” The program will include CJP's full 55+ piece orchestra and will feature three of Chicago’s most celebrated vocalists, Dee Alexander, Terisa Griffin, and Maggie Brown, giving tribute to the legacies of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday. CJP will present its “Hope in Action” reprise during the second half of the program. The work seamlessly weaves jazz, classical and South African inspired melodies, interspersed with moments of inspirational oration taken from Mandela’s speeches. It will feature special guest orator, actress and Chicago native, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, and will culminate with a grand chorus featuring Soul Children of Chicago.