Natalie Douglas to Introduce New Shows Celebrating Dolly Parton, Nina Simone & More at Birdland
NATALIE DOUGLAS - the acclaimed vocalist hailed as "sensational" by Time Out New York and "stirring" by The New York Daily News - will introduce New York audiences to two unique new solo concerts at Birdland Jazz Club in September. "FOUR WOMEN," which celebrates the music of Dr. Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday, will have its US premiere on Monday, September 8 at 7:00 PM. The exciting evening of songs connected with these dynamic, iconic women includes "Can't Help Lovin' That Man," "Throw It Away," "God Bless The Child," and, of course, Dr. Simone's legendary composition, "Four Women." This program debuted in London earlier in 2014 and received a rare five-star review in The Times of London, which called her "a true force of nature."
"HELLO DOLLY...THE MUSIC OF DOLLY PARTON" will have its world premiere a week later on Monday, September 15 at 9:30 PM. In the show, Douglas honors another notably-buxom performer: the beloved singer, actor, songwriter and Broadway composer Dolly Parton, with selections including "Jolene," "Single Women," "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" and other gems. Douglas will be joined at both shows by her longtime Musical Director Mark Hartman (Broadway's Avenue Q, Sondheim on Sondheim).
For her recent debut at the Café Carlyle, The Wall Street Journal raved "You might say that Natalie Douglas is uncategorizable, combining the soul of a gospel singer with the musicianship of a jazz singer and the warm, chatty intimacy of a great cabareteuse. She can sing sweetly and softly and she can belt with the kind of power that you makes you respect her authority. Yet Ms. Douglas's greatest gift is for narrative and storytelling, and creating a direct personal connection with every audience lucky enough to be in front of her."
NATALIE DOUGLAS - the seven-time MAC Award, Backstage Bistro Award and Nightlife Award Winner - has garnered rave reviews for her unique mix of jazz, blues, standards, pop, folk and country music blended together. Most recently, she received the 2014 Margaret Whiting Award at Carnegie Hall from the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Her recent performances include concerts across the U.S. (Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Café Carlyle, and The Appel Room - formerly The Allen Room - at Lincoln Center) and across three continents (Montenegro, Greece, Corsica, Puerto Vallarta, London, Buenos Aires, Cancun & Germany.) In a Greenwich Village tradition, she also performs an annual New Year's Eve collaboration with Mark Hartman at the Duplex. Her solo recordings include her debut CD, Not That Different - which was nominated for a 2000 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording - and To Nina...Live At Birdland, (a concert recording of her one-woman show, To Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone) Both CDs, available at iTunes and other outlets, continue to be featured on NPR and Sirius XM Radio. She also appears on Fine and Dandy for PS Classics and Broadway By The Year: 1940 on Bayview Records.
Natalie is also an actor and is featured in feature film "The Camera's Eye," has appeared on ABC's "Cupid" and many theatrical productions, including The People vs. Mona, Thalia Follies, theATrainplays (series 5-22) with The Neighborhood Playhouse, Hillside in Hell with 13th Street Rep and was a featured soloist at the York Theatre Company's benefit production of Children Of Eden at Riverside Church.
For more information, visit www.NatalieDouglas.com.
Birdland Jazz Club is located at 315 West 44th Street in Manhattan. Tickets to both shows are $30 with an additional $10 minimum. For tickets, please visit www.ticketfly.com. For further information, please visit www.birdlandjazz.com or call (212) 581-3080 for reservations.