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Jill Newman Productions Presents MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO: A Dedication to Nina Simone @ Highline Ballroom

Meshell Ndegeocello A Dedication to Nina Simone at the Highline Ballroom
Produced by Jill Newman Productions
October 16, 2012


Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16 Street, NY, NY 10011


Doors open @ 7:00 PM

Concert @ 9:00 PM

Ticketweb $30 Adv., $35 DOS

Dinner menu available 

$10 min per person at tables

Limited seats available

First come, first seated 

General Admission Standing 

All ages



Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up trying to ex- plain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called  her everything from avant garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter, and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that,  she has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players,  songwriters and composers, and the dedica- tion of her diverse,  unclassifiable fans.


“Pour Une Ame Souvraine” (For a Sovereign Soul), A Dedication to Nina Simone,  is Meshell’s tenth record, her second for Naïve. Produced by Meshell and guitar  player Chris Bruce, this album  is a labor of love, a reflection of Meshell’s awe, affection, and gratitude for the pioneering work of a woman  who refused to be owned by genre, industry,  or expecta- tion. Meshell and Chris turned well and lesser  known songs into new experiences, inviting collaborations by Cody ChesnuTT,  Valerie June, Sinead  O’Connor, Lizz Wright, and Toshi Reagon, and the results  are intoxicating. While Nina Simone  is no longer here  to pass  the torch, this album,  not just a tribute but a transformation, clearly nominates Meshell as her heir apparent.


About  her choice  to record the music made famous  by Nina Simone,  Meshell says, “Nina Si- mone was unusual, unruly, unparalleled. She has an unmistakable voice and an unavoidable spirit – she’s terse and angry and expressive of her despair and her joy and her sexuality.

She is not an industry player, she was obviously difficult and volatile. She wanted success, was pressured to make hits, but her own sound was still irrepressible. She had things  to say, she protested. She was a loud, proud black, female  voice during  a time when black female voices were not encouraged to make themselves heard.”


Meshell Ndegeocello was born  Michelle Johnson in Berlin, Germany and raised  in Washing- ton DC. By the early 90’s, she had landed in New York armed with a demo recorded in her bedroom, joined  the Black Rock Coalition,  and was soon  signed to Maverick. Each of her al- bums  have offered lyrical ruminations on race, love, sex, betrayal, God,  and power,  and she has simultaneously embraced and challenged listeners with her refusal to be pigeon-holed musically or personally. Meshell has been both celebrated and berated for her politically charged lyrics, sexual boundary crossing, and for choosing the road  less traveled – a wind- ing adventure through her own musical ambitions rather  than the industry formulas.  Every- thing that once  counted against her has emerged in her favor, earning her unusual  artistic freedom, pride  in her open identity,  and longevity  due  to the integrity  and artistic ambition of her recordings.


A bass  player above all else, Meshell brings  her signature warmth  and groove to everything she does and has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John  Medeski,  Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits  Sting, Jaco  Pastorius, Family Man Barrett,  and Stevie Wonder. Meshell was the first woman  to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and remains one  of few women  who write the music and lead the band.


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