Nnenna Freelon/John Brown Big Band Christmas
Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon is hailed as the "international voice of Jazz." A standing ovation from 20,000 in her star-making a cappella appearance on the Grammy Awards telecast! She has shared the stage or recordings with Jessye Norman, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Take 6, Al Jarreau, the Count Basie Orchestra and more! Phenomenal performances at Carnegie Hall to The Hollywood Bowl, the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Newport Jazz Festival, and from Montreaux to London!
Nnenna Freelon has been heard and seen in feature film in "What Women Want," on In Performance At The White House to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Variety’s The Children’s Charity, on the #1 TV hit Mad Men, on the Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, on stage alongside The Roots performing in the hit musical Ask Your Mama, and for numerous charities and at Special Events such as at the Society of Singers’ “Ella Awards" honoring the legendary Julie Andrews.
Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, and he has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and Guilford College (NC).He has been performing professionally since his teens and has performed in the United States & abroad with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, Cyrus Chestnut, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Nell Carter, Lou Donaldson, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Fred Wesley, Bernard Purdie and Mark Whitfield, as well as giving regular performances as a substitute with the North Carolina Symphony since 1992.