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Cassandra Wilson Turns Blue Light On Again

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Highly respected jazz singer Cassandra Wilson will mark 20 years (and a bit) since the release of her landmark album for the Blue Note label, ‘Blue Light ‘til Dawn,’ with a free concert at New York’s Lincoln Centre Out Of Doors tonight (Friday, August 8).

The performance will also be streamed live at watch.LincolnCenter.org. Wilson’s appearance is part of three weeks of music, dance and spoken word on the plazas of the famous New York venue.

‘Blue Light ‘til Dawn’ was released in November 1993 and produced by Craig Street. After seven years of recording, firstly with the JMT label, it marked the Blue Note debut of the singer born in Jackson, Mississippi.

The album contained her interpretations of such songs as the Robert Johnson number ‘Come On In My Kitchen,’ Van Morrison’s ‘Tupelo Honey’ and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Black Crow.’ Later, in 2007, Wilson would also take part in the Nonesuch release ‘A Tribute To Joni Mitchell,’ on which she performed ‘For The Roses. The album also featured three original compositions by Wilson, including the title track, and concluded with a version of the Ann Peebles hit ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain.’

Wilson’s most recent album as the lead artist was the 2012 set ‘Another Country.’ After the Lincoln Centre, her next engagements include a run of seven shows across four nights in October, at the renowned Blue Note jazz club on 3rd Street in New York. There, she’ll perform her show ‘Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday.’

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