The Elizabeth City State University Foundation will bring Nnenna Freelon, a world renowned jazz singer, composer, producer and arranger to the campus as the guest performer for the Founders Day Scholarship Gala on March 12. This black tie event will be held at 7:00 pm in the K. E. White Graduate and Continuing Education Center. Tickets are $100 per person and are available in the Division of Institutional Advancement, 252-335-3225, and at the university Cashier’s Window in the Marion D. Thorpe Administration Building. The event is held to raise funds for academic scholarships.
Freelon is a six-time Grammy Award nominee who is proudly touting her seventh, jazz album with Concord Records, “Homefree.” This 2010 release was recorded just hours up the road at Durham N.C.’s Sound Pure Studios. Freelon’s local fans will welcome a singer who made enduring impressions on them over the last two decades. She’s performed with Take 6, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau and more. Whether fans saw her televised performances or heard her albums/CDs, Freelon appeased!
In a review of a previous performance, USA Today’s Steve Jones credited the singer with making “each song such a personal statement they all seem fresh and new.” ECSU eagerly awaits this Carolina-based vocalist and her stellar touring band for a soulful, swinging night of music that’s homefree, better than anything and all the way live!