Champian's New Show: "Letters to Dinah Washington" to Premiere at WNYC's The Greene Space
The late, great Dinah Washington, self-proclaimed "Queen of the Blues" and one of the most popular singers of the 1950s, sang the blues, popular song and jazz with equal success and influenced a generation of female vocalists after her. With hits like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes,” and “Unforgettable,” Washington was a jazz singer who achieved unprecedented cross-genre success, earning her an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Now rising star Champian Fulton, “an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence” (The New Yorker) hailed as “the most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation” (Detroit Free Press), pays tribute to Dinah Washington with a brand-new show. In an exclusive New York appearance, the rising star pianist and singer joins with her quintet to present the U.S. debut of “Letters to Dinah Washington” on Wednesday February 18 at 7 PM.
Hosted by Jonathan Schwartz and the Jonathan Channel. The show will be broadcast live.
Additional Tour Dates of "Letters to Dinah Washington" to be Announced.
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space's mission is to galvanize conversations around the life, arts and politics of our city and our world. Opened in 2009 on the ground floor of New York Public Radio’s headquarters, the space invites New Yorkers to experience great radio as it’s created. Now, boundaries between street and studio are made transparent and the possibility for dynamic dialogue is limitless as we meet our audiences everywhere they are — on air, online and on the street.
The Greene Space hosts live broadcasts and tapings of WNYC’s signature programs; concerts and festivals from WQXR, New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station; and wide-ranging events such as the Battle of the Boroughs talent quest, The NEXT New York Conversation series and A New Theater of Sound.
The Greene Space is a multimedia performance venue outfitted with cutting-edge digital audio and video production systems that allow it to live as vibrantly in the virtual arena as it does in its physical home. Each year, thousands of people experience the 125-seat venue, and millions more download podcasts and stream audio and video of live events created in the space. A news ticker carves through The Greene Space and out to the windows on Varick Street, making breaking news available to passersby, including some 35 million en route to the Holland Tunnel annually. The use of recycled paper for printed materials, low-wattage LED theatrical lighting, a stage made of renewable bamboo and interactive programs on environmental issues are just some of the ways The Greene Space will stay green.