Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work. She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-’70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early 80’s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook. Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
Cassandra also has a top notch band with her, as always:
Cassandra Wilson- Vocals, guitar, percussion
Gregoire Maret- Harmonica
Brandon Ross- Guitar
Jon Cowerd- Piano
Simmons Massini- Bass
Check out this video of Grammy award-winning jazz singer Cassandra Wilson stops by the WSJ Cafe to perform the title track’ off her new album ‘Another Country.’
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“When it comes to her vocalism, there are few who can match the distinctive sound of Cassandra Wilson. She is a giant of her era; a truly gifted talent, who looks to express herself through multiple genres, styles and sounds.”-Mark A. Moore, iRock Jazz