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Lizz Wright

"Music lives in that place where anything can be picked up. It can become a different statement in someone else's hands than in my hands. The fact that it can be passed from hand to hand is something beautiful, almost spiritual. It means different things in different places, and I approached this record as if there is no history. I was just a voice, and I loved it."

—Lizz Wright

With her latest album, Dreaming Wide Awake, Lizz has simultaneously delivered a record with "no history" and yet one that embraces the history of jazz, gospel, rhythm- and-blues and the singer-songwriter tradition. It is a record where Lizz Wright's voice and vision seamlessly marry songs once performed by Neil Young, Fats Waller, The Beatles, Madonna and Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass to self-penned originals and her collaborations with some of today's most gifted songwriters to create one of the most strikingly original albums of the year.

For the new album, Lizz chose to work with Craig Street, a producer famous for his work with a broad palette of singers (Cassandra Wilson, k.d. lang, Me'Shell NdegéOcello) to shape an incredibly personal album that Lizz feels best reflects who she is right now: "When I first met Craig, he asked me what I liked to listen to and I said I really like stuff like Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice and Sarah McLachlan. I love songs that create moments. At the same time I had this dilemma where I've been trained to sing gospel, choral music and a little bit of opera and was very used to being technical. But I wanted to make the move away from those styles."

The twelve songs that create moments on Dreaming Wide Awake range from Lizz's self-penned title track to The Youngbloods' Summer of Love anthem "Get Together," from her co-writes "Hit the Ground" and "Trouble" to the 1960's pop smash "A Taste of Honey" and from originals by Marc Anthony Thompson (a.k.a. "Chocolate Genius") to Neil Young's classic "Old Man."

The middle child of a minister from rural Georgia, Lizz took the music world by storm in 2003 with breakout performances at Billie Holiday tributes in Chicago and Los Angeles and with her debut album Salt (Verve), where her rich gospel-trained contralto soared amidst a soulful R&B-meets-jazz setting. The New York Times' Stephen Holden was moved to call her "a young singer and songwriter of astonishing maturity and poise" and write that "in her debut album and on the stage, Ms. Wright delivers spun gold . stir(ring) jazz, gospel, and rhythm-and-blues into a reflective, flowing style that elongates songs into prayerful meditations that never wander into vagueness. Pitch-perfect, with a smoky, full- bodied texture . impressive in its steadiness, control and rhythmic subtlety."

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New Music From Lizz Wright, Nick Finzer, Monty Alexander, And More

Read "New Music From Lizz Wright, Nick Finzer, Monty Alexander, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Featured on this show are new releases from Lizz Wright, Nick Finzer, Monty Alexander, Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows, Stuart Mack, Rachel Z, Michael Wolff Mike Clark and Leon Lee Dorsey, David Benoit, Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer, Cassie Kinoshi's Seed, Trio HLK, John Lurie, Julieta Eugenio, Die Beren Gieren, and Rajesh Mehta's Sky Cage Quartet.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Lizz Wright “Sparrow ft. Angelique Kidjo" from Shadow (Blues & Greens/Lightyear/Virgin) 00:22 Nick Finzer “Shortcake" from Legacy: a ...

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Album Review

Lizz Wright: Shadow

Read "Shadow" reviewed by Chris May


The singer Lizz Wright made a brief stopover in London in March 2024, on a tour previewing Shadow. She appeared for one night only at Cadogan Hall, a 900-seat auditorium big enough when full to feel buzzy but small enough still to remain close to intimate. It was a perfect setting for Wright and her characteristically à la carte programme of jazz, gospel, blues and folk music from multiple traditions. Shadow is an exquisitely crafted, low-key production ...

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Live Review

Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Lizz Wright Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA June 29, 2022 The accomplished vocalist and songwriter Lizz Wright introduced an exceptional blend of gospel, folk and jazz genres to an exuberant assembly at Yoshi's. Wright, accompanied by pianist Kenny Banks, gracefully took the stage to a full house in one of the San Francisco Bay Area's favorite music and restaurant venues. In witness to her talent, people ventured out on this Wednesday night to listen and savor ...

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Various Artists: Ella 100 Live at the Apollo

Read "Ella 100 Live at the Apollo" reviewed by Jim Worsley


To be taken back in time within the scope of a period piece movie has long been a staple. Some journeys feel much more real than others, but the concept is commonplace. Venturing into the past with only the audio of a CD or record is, as they might have said back in 1934, “a whole different kettle of fish." A live audience first laid eyes and ears on this 100th birthday celebration honoring the sensational Ella Fitzgerald (born on ...

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Lizz Wright: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by James Nadal


In reaffirming the adage that you can go home again, Lizz Wright did just that. The songs on Grace reflect a homecoming to the singer's southern heritage--a personal rite of passage to glean inspiration and redefine her musical origins. She revisits her rural Georgia upbringing and Atlanta gospel roots, and finds comfort at her current home in Asheville, North Carolina. Having had an enduring taste of fame and success, she articulates the need for humanity, direly absent in times like ...

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Lizz Wright: Freedom & Surrender

Read "Freedom & Surrender" reviewed by James Nadal


Few musicians, that have been commercially successful and artistically praised, have, at the height of their popularity, decided to take a hiatus to discover themselves. Renowned expressive vocalist Lizz Wright, did just that, and guided by a warrior spirit, propelled her music into a renewed direction on Freedom and Surrender. After a string of acclaimed records for the Verve label, and a number of guest side projects, Wright signed with Concord Music Group, savoring the opportunity to create music on ...

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Working Out to Jazz

The Top 5 Workout Tracks For November

Read "The Top 5 Workout Tracks For November" reviewed by Chris Lawhorn


[Editor's Note: Working Out to Jazz is a new All About Jazz column, devoted to providing jazz playlists for the purpose of working out. For his third installment, Chris Lawhorn's emphasis is on largely up-tempo tracks from a handful of recent releases. Check in with Working Out to Jazz regularly, for new workout music suggestions, as Chris breaks it out for you by Beats Per Minute (BPM).] For the coming month, I've tried to find the best, up-tempo ...

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Lizz Wright And Savion Glover Light Up Ellington At Christmas

Lizz Wright And Savion Glover Light Up Ellington At Christmas

Source: Christine Saunders

AN ELLIGINTON CHRISTMAS: THE ELLINGTON NUTCRACKER A joyful holiday salute to the Duke’s “Nutcracker Suite” and “Sacred Music,” featuring tap master Savion Glover and the Dance Theater of Harlem School 48 member Arts High Advanced Choir will perform with the David Berger Jazz Orchestra Sunday, December 8th, 4:00pm NJPAC’s Prudential Hall NJPAC is proud to welcome Newark’s own virtuosic tap dancer Savion Glover for a special holiday presentation featuring the music of Duke Ellington on Sunday, December 8 ...

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An Evening with Lizz Wright Thursday, April 8 at Boston's Wilbur Theatre

An Evening with Lizz Wright Thursday, April 8 at Boston's Wilbur Theatre

Source: Sue Auclair Promotions

An Evening with Lizz Wright

One of The Jazz World's Most Celebrated Rising Stars Heads to Boston

Boston, MA--Jazz at The Wilbur will present “An Evening With Lizz Wright" on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 PM at the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. The Yoko Miwa Trio will open the show. Tickets at $38 and $30 are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Wilbur Theatre Box Office, on line at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling: ...

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Jazz at the Wilbur Presents: An Evening with Lizz Wright

Jazz at the Wilbur Presents:  An Evening with Lizz Wright

Source: Sue Auclair Promotions

JAZZ AT THE WILBUR Singer Lizz Wright In Concert at The Wilbur Theatre Thursday, April 8, 7:30 pm Yoko Miwa Trio To Open One of The Jazz World's Most Celebrated Rising Stars Heads to Boston Boston, MA--Jazz at The Wilbur will present “An Evening With Lizz Wright" on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 PM at the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. The Yoko Miwa Trio will open the show. Tickets at ...

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The Town Hall Presents Lizz Wright & Richard Bona Friday, April 9th at 8PM

The Town Hall Presents Lizz Wright & Richard Bona Friday, April 9th at 8PM

Source: Michael Ricci

The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd St.), Times Square's landmark concert venue, is pleased to present Lizz Wright and Richard Bona on Friday April 9 at 8:00PM. Tickets are on sale now for $50 and $45 through Ticketmaster, 212-307-4100 or www.ticketmaster.com, or by visiting The Town Hall Box Office at 123 West 43rd Street, 212-840-2824. Southern singer-songwriter Lizz Wright's distinct mixture of jazz, folk, gospel and R&B has earned favorable comparisons to Anita Baker, Regina Belle, Cassandra Wilson and Tracy ...

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Philadelphia Jazz at the Kimmel Center in October: Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Trio Pay Tribute to Billie Holiday; Christian McBride and Friends; and Melody Gardot

Philadelphia Jazz at the Kimmel Center in October: Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Trio Pay Tribute to Billie Holiday; Christian McBride and Friends; and Melody Gardot

Source: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia has a long history as a vibrant and pulsating jazz community. This October, the Kimmel Center turns the spotlight on Philadelphia-born jazz luminaries who continue to evolve America’s indigenous art form. Philly’s own bass virtuoso Christian McBride celebrates the 20th anniversary of his musical work in a performance with Grammy® Award-winning pianist Bruce Hornsby, his new quintet Inside Straight and other special guests (Friday, October 16, 2009).

Rising star vocalist Melody Gardot performs works from her critically acclaimed sophomore ...

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Sing the Truth: Nina Simone Remembered: Barbican Concert Featuring Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright and More

Sing the Truth: Nina Simone Remembered: Barbican Concert Featuring Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright and More

Source: All About Jazz

Thursday 16 July 7.30pm Sing The Truth: Nina Simone Remembered featuring Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo and Simone Tickets 20/25/30/35 Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious Part of Blaze A singer of unique emotional effect, Nina Simones passing left a huge gap in the music world. This tribute, by some of the greatest female singers alive, will go some way towards giving those too young to have seen Nina a taste of the power and drama of ...

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Lizz Wright and Raul Midon Double Billed at JVC

Lizz Wright and Raul Midon Double Billed at JVC

Source: Michael Ricci

Faith From the South, and a One-Man Band The New York Society for Ethical Culture

If I had to choose a single word to describe the mystique of the singer Lizz Wright, it would be steadfast.

Ms. Wright, who headlined a double bill with the equally talented singer-songwriter Raul Midon at the concert hall of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Thursday evening, is a minister's daughter from a small town in rural Georgia. Her recent ...

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Recording

Bringing It All Back Home | Lizz Wright | News

Bringing It All Back Home | Lizz Wright | News

Source: All About Jazz

Singer Lizz Wright Tries to Keep Things Simple on Her New Album By ROBERT J. HUGHES February 22, 2008; Page W2

Jazz vocalist Lizz Wright decided it was time to return to her roots. For her new CD, she tried to capture the simplicity of the blues and gospel music she heard growing up in the rural town of Hahira, Ga. The daughter of a minister, she sang in church ...

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Recording

The Orchard by Lizz Wright

The Orchard by Lizz Wright

Source: All About Jazz

The largely self-penned The Orchard finds Wright mining her own experience to create an unmistakably personal musical statement. The warmth and resonance of Wright's gospel-trained contralto is matched by the intimacy and authority of such original compositions as “Coming Home," “My Heart," “Another Angel" and “When I Fall." Wright's interpretive skills are equally impressive on revelatory readings of the Ike and Tina Turner classic “I Idolize You," Sweet Honey in the Rock's “Hey Mann," the Led ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Shadow

Blues & Greens
2024

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Grace

Concord Music Group
2017

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Freedom & Surrender

Concord Music Group
2015

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Fellowship

Verve Records
2010

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The Orchard

Verve Records
2008

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