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Captivating Audiences with Her Sophisticated Flair, René Marie Is Worth Seeing Live

This season, Duke Performances returns to the historic Durham Fruit Company warehouse for another extended musical meditation, In the Jazz Tradition, a seven-day series featuring some of the most important women vocalists in jazz today. On December 8th, jazz vocalist René Marie will take the stage.

The rise of René Marie embodies the triumphant spirit of song. A talented teenage bandleader in her small Virginia hometown, Marie shelved her musical aspirations for decades, returning to the stage only after her oldest son urged her to sing again at the age of forty-one. When her husband delivered an edict — leave music or leave me — she chose music, a move that gave jazz a commanding new voice.

Also a composer, arranger, and theatrical performer, Marie quickly made up for lost time, recording eleven albums and drawing on a wide swath of genres to create a distinctive and captivating hybrid style. She summons the sultry allure of Eartha Kitt (to whom she paid tribute on 2013’s dazzling I Wanna Be Evil) and the sophisticated verve of Sarah Vaughan.

Unpredictable and bold, Marie sings with the delight of someone whose life was saved by music. Tickets are $25 and students of Duke University can attend for $10. Don’t miss out on a great performance by René Marie!

Community interaction is an important part of life, which is why The Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina is urging you to join in the all of the excitement at this event!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, December 8, 2018—7:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
Durham Fruit Company
305 South Dillard Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

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