Washington, DC – September 9, 2015 – HIDE/ScorpioMoon Productions, in partnership with the Atlas Performing Arts Center, has announced an exciting concert experience on September 24-26, 2015 at 8:00 PM as part of the Jazz at the Atlas Series. Three riveting evenings of performance highlight vocalist Heidi Martin as a conjurer of the vocal and dramatic majesty of jazz legend Abbey Lincoln’s indomitable life force. Lincoln, heralded for her pioneering music, acting and civil rights activism, comes to life while Martin takes listeners through a series of affirming events and revelations, enveloped in gorgeous music and poignant history. Martin will be joined by several highly acclaimed bandmates also known for their time with Abbey Lincoln, including pianist, Colin Chambers; bassist, Michael Bowie; drummer, Steve Williams; and trumpet player, DonVonte McCoy. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door.
“Documenting in text, music, staging, and sound quality the social genius of an artist once branded ‘misguided and naïve’ by jazz critics, ABBEY! is the product of considerable scholarship and deliberative editing on Martin’s part. Her performance also documents a personal relationship across race and generation between two women who met briefly in DC and NY and shared one three-hour phone call in the middle of the night. Clearly from the way Lincoln’s words have haunted Martin’s body…listeners will enjoy the paradoxical experience of hearing an unapologetic white artist respectfully channel the strength and beauty of jazz music’s first black power diva.” — Dr. Thomas Stanley, artist, author, and ethnomusicologist.
“The first time I saw Abbey Lincoln perform was circa 1984 at the then-renowned but now defunct DC Space club in Washington DC. It was on a Valentine’s Day Sunday of that year. I was in my early 20’s, and single and alone on this day known for love and love unions. DC Space was packed when Lincoln came on the stage, and from her first note, she held me in sway not only with her music, but also the many stories that she shared about her life in the music. I was reminded of Lincoln’s special earlier this year at DC’s Source Theater when the wonderful vocalist Heidi Martin performed “Abbey”, her tribute to the late, great songstress. Sharing Lincoln’s music as well as her words, Martin effectively inhabited the spirit of AbbeyLincoln, again making me feel as is she were performing only for me. It was just that intimate, personal, and accomplished. Don’t miss out on “Abbey”, Martin’s wonderful performance, this time to be presented at the DC’s elegant Atlas Theater in late September of this year.”
Founder and Principle Curator of Transparent Productions
” I have seen Heidi Martin TRANSFORM into Abbey Lincoln! It was quite stunning. If you are an Abbey Lincoln fan – and even if you’re not – you should go and see Heidi’s show!”
~ Jessica Boykin Settles
Jazz Vocalist & Educator at Howard University
(Coach/Arranger HU’s “Afro Blue”)