Jazz and blues singer Lizz Wright perform at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on October 23 – News


In a review of his latest recording, “Holding Space”, Jazz Times wrote that Wright’s voice is “one of the marvels of the contemporary stage”.

Famous jazz and blues singer Lizz Wright will perform live at the University of Alabama at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center in Birmingham on Sunday, October 23.

Tickets are $39. For tickets, visit AlysStephens.org or call 205-975-2787.

Wright is a guardian of American music, bringing brilliant color and vibrancy to the singular original works and compositions of some of the greatest songwriters of our time, according to her biography. The New York Times touts her voice as “a soft, dark alto possessing qualities you might associate with barrel-aged bourbon or buttery-smooth leather.”

“Holding Space” is Wright’s first recording to be released on his new label, Blues & Greens Records, designed to forge a business model in music where artists are positioned to build longer, healthier careers. The show was recorded live in Berlin, Germany, on the soundboard in the center of the audience. The spirit and events of this show caught Wright’s attention as she listened to live material at the start of the 2020 shutdowns. “Holding Space” is the experience of an artist lovingly sharing her story with her audience from the same creative and sacred space from which the music springs.

Jazz Times wrote that “Holding Space” is “pure Wright, from Allison Russell’s ‘Barley’ carved oak to a delightfully slow version of kd lang’s ‘Wash Me Clean'”, calling Wright’s voice “one of marvels of the contemporary scene.”

The Jazz Music Awards: Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz on Oct. 22 in Atlanta — billed as the first awards show to focus exclusively on jazz — will feature Wright as a performer in a roster of acclaimed artists. Wright recently performed in a Bob Dylan tribute concert at New York City Hall led by Oscar and Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett, along with the McCrary Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Sara Bareilles , Bill Frisell, Margaret Glaspy, Joy Harjo, Joe Henry, Julian Lage and Punch Brothers perform songs spanning Dylan’s long career.


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