Overview

How to make a great thing even better: take the classic music of those two legendary jazz singers, the brooding and mysterious Nina Simone and the romantic and swinging Nancy Wilson, and bring them to whole new audiences with a remarkable modern dance interpretation by the Nimbus company.

  • Falling Sky: World premiere! Artistic Director Samuel Pott’s new work includes a score commissioned by composer and drummer Qasim Naqvi (Dawn of Midi) and performed onstage by NJSO musicians in a new partnership.
  • Patch of Turf: Pott’s seminal 2015 collaboration with Naqvi—and a tour de force for four virtuosic female dancers—is heightened by the addition of NJSO musicians.
  • The After Party: A spirited homage to jazz legends Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson by noted Philadelphia-based choreographer Dawn Marie Bazemore.
  • Pott’s The Glare From These Horizons: Incorporates recordings by jazz artists Russell Malone and Skalpel and piano compositions by Kim D. Sherman.

Sponsored by The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University