Vocalist Candice Hoyes, draws from rare cinema, musical theater, jazz and soul music to debut a night of music inspired by the life of Lena Horne.
One of the most iconic jazz vocalists, Horne blazed a trail of remarkable song discography and bravery as one of the leading American civil rights activists across a sixty year career. She was among the pioneers as an African-American movie star in Hollywood.
With a jazz ensemble — Sullivan Fortner on piano, Barry Stephenson on bass and Kush Abadey on drums — Hoyes journeys in song through Horne’s seven-decade career, accenting the bravery and vulnerability that make Horne’s legacy modern.
Tap dancer and choreographer Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, a two-time Bessie and Princess Grace Award winner, draws from her extensive Broadway and film experience to create a celebration of Horne’s early years as a Cotton Club dancer during the Harlem Renaissance.
Lena Horne at 100 | HarlemStage | March 6