International recording artist Nicole Henry will bring in the holidays at Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, December 8, as City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) presents a special concert with the powerhouse jazz vocalist. The 7 p.m. concert, “Set for the Season,” will feature holiday favorites and familiar classics by the singer who is celebrated for her fluency with the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, popular music and more. From “My Favorite Things” to “Mary Did You Know,” Henry’s personalized renditions and heartfelt storytelling will instill in New Yorkers the spirit of the holidays, while reminding all of the reason for the season.
The Miami-based performer, a Soul Train Traditional Jazz Performance Award winner from Philadelphia, has lit up stages of some of the world’s top venues and music festivals over the past two decades. Henry boasts four top-10 jazz albums on U.S. Billboard, Jazz Week, HMV Japan & UK Sweet Rhythms charts and has been called “…the vocal love child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan” by the Miami Herald, “a pop-soul superwoman” by the New York Times and “the real thing” by Jazz Journal. Among the musical greats that Henry has recorded with are Kirk Whalum, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein. She has also performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Pasadena POPS and Michael Feinstein.
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Henry will be accompanied by David Cook on piano, Richie Goods on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums and Tim Jago on guitar.
“I can’t think of a better way to end our successful fall season at Aaron Davis Hall and help set the tone for the holiday season than with the brilliantly dynamic voice of Nicole Henry,” said CCCA Managing Director Gregory Shanck.
Tickets for the concert are $50 and available at www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org.
Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of the City College of New York at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue).
-more-The concert is made possible with funding from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Councilmember Carmen De La Rosa, The City University of New York and The City College of New York.