Respect to Aretha Live in La Villette

Jazz à la Villette 2019

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Bettye LaVette — Singer

Alice Russell — Singer

Nona Hendryx — Singer

Zara McFarlane — Singer

José James — Singer


Martin Perna — Artistic director, saxophonist

Raymond Mason — Music director, trombonist, conductor

Morgan Price — Arranger, Tenor/saxophonist

Duke Amayo — Singer

Timothy Allen — Electric guitar

Marcos García — Electric guitar

Marcus Farrar — Shekere

Reinaldo DeJesus — Congas

Jordan McLean — Trumpeter

Justin Kimmel — Bass guitarist

Christopher Doyle — Electric keyboard

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At the age of 14, in 1956, Aretha Franklin signed her first contract with a record company (Columbia Records). Today, the singer is the best-selling female artist of all time (75 million vinyl sales) according to Rolling Stone magazine, ahead of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

One year after her death in the summer of 2018, the Jazz à la Villette festival chose to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul. Under the direction of Antibalas, an Afrobeat band from Brooklyn attached to the Daptone label, the evening included Bettye LaVette (who paid tribute to the singer at Carnegie Hall to a standing ovation); Alice Russell (a torchbearer for neo-soul via her album To Dust); Nona Hendryx (her disco hit "Lady Marmalade" gained international recognition); Zara McFarlane (her album Arise delved into the Jamaican soundscape) and José James (his acclaimed solo album No Beginning No End marked a cross between funk, soul, R&B and gospel). Together, they pay respect to the Queen of Soul (just a little bit!).


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