RENÉ MARIE SINGS EARTHA KITT
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 7 PM & 9 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
TICKETS: $25, $20 mbrs.
Presented in partnership with Jazzway 6004
Iconic singer and actress Eartha Kitt (right) took risk —alienating many with her criticism of the Vietnam War. Rene Marie is a true fellow iconoclast who, after swearing she would never do a tribute album, has found the perfect subject in Eartha. Vocalist, actress, writer Marie shares Eartha’s unrestrained sensuality and her hugely charismatic stage presence. Tonight, with a crack band behind her (Kevin Bales—Piano, Elias Bailey—Bass, Quentin Baxter—Drums), the former Jehovah’s Witness, who left a husband who refused to allow her to sing, embraces her freedom!
After starting her vocal career at the age of 40, Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world, winning over critics; receiving awards such as the Best International Jazz Vocal CD (besting Cassandra Wilson and Joni Mitchell) by France’s Academie Du Jazz; gracing the Billboard charts multiple times; and becoming a headliner at major international festivals. Never before has there been a vocal recording tipping the hat to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual, and clever interpretations of songs. René is the just the right artist to conceive of this historic project. She brings her incredible range of vocal ability, her emotional resonance, and her strong independent streak to this powerful tribute.
“Marie proves herself masterful as the scenery changes. Whether she’s seducing you with ‘Peel Me A Grape’ or declaring her autonomy in the title cut, this is her show…one of the year’s best jazz vocal albums.” —DownBeat Magazine on Rene Marie’s “Evil Little Me: A Tribute to Eartha Kitt”
It’s wonderful that such a talented artist like René Marie has recorded the first tribute album to my mother, helping to keep her memory and spirit alive. These classic songs deserve to be heard and loved by all generations.” —Kitt Shapiro, Eartha’s daughter