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Iridium celebrates Women in Music

Women in Music Iridium NYC

British born singer/songwriter Nikki Pope brings her electric vocals to the Iridium. Joining here on the evening is vocalist/guitarists Chuck Rite. U.K. sensation The People The Poet (who performed at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX this year). Kicking off the evening with be Academy Award winner Danny Aiello.

Singer/Songwriter Rhonda Ross brings her original brand of music, which lives in the gap between Jazz, Neo-soul, Funk and Gospel, back to the Iridium. Her lyrics live in the pause between life’s most important questions and their answers. Rhonda has the entire package — as an entertainer, as a poet, and as a human being. She has great power on stage and her refreshingly personal and moving performances set her apart from other vocalists of her era. Rhonda’s music flows straight from her essence and her bright spirit uplifts everyone in the room.

Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul- shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.

Guitarist and composer Jane Getter has played with many jazz and rock greats while garnering increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Joining here on the stage this night will be special guest Corey Glover (of Living Colour) Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Brother Jack McDuff. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Dance or Theatre in the mid 90’s. Her debut CD Jane in 1998 received worldwide critical acclaim and the 2006 follow up See Jane Run was released on Alternity Records (home of Allan Holdsworth). In 2012 she released the progressive jazz/rock album Three. Jane also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band. 

Andrea Bell Wolff is a comic actress and singer with an esteemed show business history. She was a teenager attending the Professional Children’s School when she was cast as Ermengarde in the first National Tour of “Hello Dolly!” starring Carol Channing. All in all, she did five productions of “Hello Dolly!” playing both Ermengarde and then Minnie Fay on Broadway and National Tours, as well as major roles in “George M!,” “L’il Abner,” “Grease,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Funny Girl.”

Diane Schuur: Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration. Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional GRAMMY® nominations, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape.

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