Nina SimoneUS singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist. Born 21 February 1933. Died 21 April 2003
Nina Simone Biography (Wikipedia)
Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
The sixth of eight children born to a poor family in Tryon, North Carolina, Simone initially aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of a few supporters in her hometown, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She then applied for a scholarship to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied admission despite a well-received audition, which she attributed to racial discrimination. In 2003, just days before her death, the Institute awarded her an honorary degree.
To make a living, Simone started playing piano at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She changed her name to "Nina Simone" to disguise herself from family members, having chosen to play "the devil's music" or so-called "cocktail piano". She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, which effectively launched her career as a jazz vocalist. She went on to record more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974, making her debut with Little Girl Blue. She had a hit single in the United States in 1958 with "I Loves You, Porgy". Her musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.
- Preserving Nina Simone's Homehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04zddrp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04zddrp.jpg2017-04-08T08:00:00.000ZArtists Adam Pendleton and Julie Mehretu on their quest to preserve Nina Simone's childhood home, which they bought in 2017.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04zdc41
Preserving Nina Simone's Home
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A-Z of Jazz - S
- Nina Simone is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bh8nf.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bh8nf.jpg2013-06-16T20:00:00.000ZRadio 2 listener Jim MacMillan from Beccles in Suffolk nominates Nina Simone for a place in Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame on Radio 2https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bh8ng
Nina Simone is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
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