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A Tribute to Nina Simone

Meet six incredible musicians, all influenced and inspired in their own way by the iconic, legendary, bold and always relevant soul singer and pianist Nina Simone. A concert video with Viktoria Tolstoy, Karin Hammar, Ida Sand, Max Schulz and more.

She was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon and she had a dream – to become the first black woman to play piano in Carnegie Hall. But racism in the US after the war halted the musical prodigy.

Instead, she became a jazz, pop and soul singer at a shabby nightclub in Atlantic City and adopted the name Nina Simone to avoid shaming her family. It was the beginning of musical history’s most extraordinary artistry. Nina Simone had an incredible ability to take care of others’ songs and fill them with her own strong, personal expressiveness.

At this performance we will get to hear some of Sweden’s leading jazz musicians perform an entire suite of Nina Simone’s best known songs. Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman; Jacques Brel’s Ne me quitte pas; Gershwin’s I Loves You, Porgy from Porgy and Bess; and, via Nina Simone’s interpretation, the emotionally powerful and politically charged Ain’t Got No – I Got Life, and many more.

  • The music

  • Walter Donaldson My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Bennie Benjamin/Gloria Caldwell/Sol Marcus Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • Trad It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine
  • Bob Dylan Just Like a Woman
  • Ralph Rainger If I Should Lose You
  • Billy Taylor/Richard Carroll Lamb (Dick Dallas) I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  • Jacques Brel Ne me quitte pas
  • Galt MacDermot Ain’t Got No - I Got Life
  • Nina Simone Four Women
  • David Bryan/Andy Stroud Buck
  • Buddy Johnson Since I Fell for You
  • Alline Bullock Funkier than a Mosquito’s Tweeter
  • John D Loudermilk Turn Me On
  • Rudy Stevenson I’m Gonna Leave You
  • Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley Feeling Good
  • Extranummer: George Gershwin I Loves You, Porgy ur Porgy and Bess
  • Participants

  • Viktoria Tolstoy vocals
  • Karin Hammar trombone/vocals
  • Ida Sand piano/vocals
  • Max Schultz guitar
  • Niklas Fernqvist bass
  • Fredrik Rundqvist drums
  • Filmed in October 2017.
  • The video is approximately 1,5 hours.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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