February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat., Feb. 24. CLAUDE HALL presents “Nina Simone—A Single Woman. (Side B.)” In January, Ms. Hall will have reprised “Impassioned Spirit,” Ms. Hall’s compelling and informative show examining the arc of Nina Simone’s life from Simone’s “discovery” in an Atlantic City piano bar singing “I Loves You Porgy” through her participation in the civil rights movement. Finding the trove of material she uncovered too rich for that one short evening of cabaret, Ms. Hall builds upon it with this show, continuing to mine nuggets from Simone’s legacy—the nuggets perhaps even more personal this time—but once again supported by Musical Director, Jamieson Trotter.
Born in Brooklyn of Haitian parents, Miss Hall moved to Paris in 1989, but an autumn weekend in Prague in 2003 proved pivotal when a friend overheard her singing a few Gershwin tunes and asked her to record a demo of “When I Fall In Love.” This led to a sojourn in Saint Bart’s, where she became the resident singer at Casa Nikki and La Plage, and to which she returned in 2019 as the featured artist at the St. Bart’s Jazz Festival. She has been resident artist at l’Ermitage Hotel, Hotel Angeleno’s West Penthouse Lounge, La Valencia Hotel, and at Bar Marmont, and she has also returned to New York to perform at the Metropolitan Room.