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Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance: Black Female Anthems feat. Shenel Johns

Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance: Black Female Anthems feat. Shenel Johns

Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance: Black Female Anthems feat. Shenel Johns
August 21, 2020

While Joe's Pub is temporarily closed to public access, join us for Joe's Pub Live! – a free series of live-streamed performances from the performers' homes. Facilitating social connectivity during this time of physical distancing, Joe's Pub remains dedicated to supporting performing artists at every stage of their careers through sharing concerts with our audiences each week.

Black Music has always played a role in American protest, hope, and resilience. In this four part series, curator and host Michael Mwenso leads us on a journey of meaningful songs from the Black roots expression that speak to the ultimate human expression that has propelled change, continues to advance our nation's consciousness, and will serve as the guiding force towards healing.

Shenel Johns has developed her own eclectic style, counting among her influences Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln, and Sarah Vaughn. She has shared the stage with music royalty including Curtis Fuller, Hank Jones, Dionne Warwick, and Sheila Jordan. A native of Hartford, CT, Johns studied performance with such jazz legends such as Rene McLean, Jimmy Greene, and Nat Reeves. She graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music management. She served a musical residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Doha, then honored Billie Holiday as part of JALC’s New York production of Billie and the BoysJohns has also performed a tribute to another of her idols, Lena Horne, at New York City’s famed Appel Theater. 

Click on the YouTube logo on the embedded player to chat with the artists and other virtual audience members during the premiere.

Presented in association with the Miami University Performing Arts Series.

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