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Opening Night of STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE featuring Mary Wilson

Posted in Engagements, News on September 16th, 2011 by MaryWilson

THE JAZZ BAKERY  and KMP ARTISTS
proudly present
James Gavin’s
Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project
Starring “The Supreme”
Mary Wilson


September 12, 2011 [Los Angeles, CA]
The Jazz Bakery and KMP Artists are thrilled to announce the Los Angeles premiere of Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project , based on the book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne by New York Times contributor and NAACP Image Award nominee James Gavin and featuring the musical talents of pianist Larry Dunlap, bassist Christopher Colangelo, drummer Kendall Kay and the legendary Mary Wilson. This spectacular one-night-only performance will take place at the Musicians Institute Concert Center, 1655 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, and will kick off a 2-week fall tour of the piece.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Starring Mary Wilson of the Supremes and narrated by James Gavin, this multimedia event is a living, breathing biography of the late, legendary Lena Horne. A combination of storytelling, live performance and rare video  of Horne herself, Stormy Weather is an unforgettable celebration of Hollywood’s first African-American goddess, who reigned at M-G-M’s “Dream Factory”  of movie musicals then became a fabled nightclub seductress and civil rights icon.
Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project is appropriate for all ages.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Mary Wilson gained fame as a founding member of Motown’s legendary singing group of the 1960s and ’70s, the Supremes. Wilson was the only singer to stay consistently with the group throughout its 18-year tenure. She remains a strong advocate for the group’s legacy and regularly performs the Supremes’ music, but has also gone on to become an acclaimed jazz and blues singer, humanitarian, and advocate for artists’ rights. She has published the autobiography Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme and two follow-up books, Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together and an updated combination of the two entitled Dreamgirl & Supreme Faith: My Life as a Supreme.

James Gavin is the Manhattan-born author of Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret and Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker as well as Stormy Weather. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time Out New York, the Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post. He has contributed liner notes to over 400 CDs; his essay for the GRP box set Ella Fitzgerald – The Legendary Decca Recordings earned a 1996 Grammy nomination. His forthcoming book, a biography of Peggy Lee, will be published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.

STORMY WEATHER:  THE LENA HORNE PROJECT will be performed at The Musicians Institute Concert Center, 1655 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood. For Tickets, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and search “Lena Horne.”  Additional Information at www.JazzBakery.com.
The Lena Horne Project 

TICKETS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th – one show 8:30 pm
Reserved $30 Students $15

STORMY WEATHER: THE LENA HORNE PROJECT
feat: MARY WILSON of the Supremes / JAMES GAVIN – narrator

VENUE: Musicians Institute, 1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90028

The Musicians Institute concert center is an incredible experience! with state of the art sound & huge video screens flanking the stage, creating an intimate view of artists in-the-moment!KJAZZ 88.1 – official media sponsor

Mary’s Single, “Life’s Been Good To Me”

Posted in News on September 8th, 2011 by MaryWilson

Mary’s single, “Life’s Been Good To Me” is available on iTunes UK and Amazon UK for digital download. Listen to a short sample using the media player below or hear it in its entirety on Jango.com.

Mary attended the Annual National Foundation for Women Legislators Conference

Posted in News on September 4th, 2011 by MaryWilson

Mary just returned from this year’s Annual National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) Conference, which was held in Iowa last week. Mary made a presentation during the conference, which Robin Read, the President & CEO of NFWL, stated was a critical success to the program. Hundreds of elected women from all 50 states attended this year’s Conference, which is said to have been the best Conference the Foundation has had to date. Much of the Conference’s success is also attributed to the open forum that Mary and many other elected women and representatives actively participated in.

Recent Website Updates

Posted in News on September 2nd, 2011 by MaryWilson

Schedule: Dates added for “STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE”.

Awards: Southern California Motion Picture Council proudly presents Mary Wilson the Golden Halo, Lifetime Achievement Award, October 18th, 2010.

The Mary Wilson Gown Collection: Photos added from the Exhibit Opening in Dallas, PA at Misericordia University.

Media & Press

Word on the Street: A new page featuring letters from the fans.

Influential People: A new page featuring Mary’s tribute to Ms. Maxine Powell.

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