Saturday, 18 August 2012

A true Salish Queen!!...of jazz

Free event, all welcome!

 A true Salish Queen!!...of jazz
~ Sam Bob

Musical Revue of the life and music of Salish Jazz Singer Mildred Bailey

Red Cedar Aboriginal Theatre is proud to present a workshop presentation of a musical revue based on the life of Salish jazz singer Mildred Bailey.

Written by Russell Wallace, Directed by Columpa Bobb, Lead role by Deanna Gestrin, and Music arranged by Tony Wilson.

Please join us in this exploration from a new Aboriginal Theatre company. 

7 pm
280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1L3 View map · 

... there are not enough inspirational stories of successful native women who rose above the challenges they faced and helped to change history. But Mildred Rinker Bailey, did just that. Though widely thought to have been a white singer, Mildred was, in fact, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Mildred once called traditional Indian singing, “a remarkable training and background” for a singer. “It takes a squeaky soprano and straightens out the clinkers that make it squeak; it removes the bass boom from the contralto’s voice,” she said. “This Indian singing does this because you have to sing a lot of notes to get by, and you’ve got to cover a lot of range.”

Every Native American who has ever attended a tribal ceremony, whether a feast, a memorial, or a modern pow-wow, knows exactly what Mildred Bailey was talking about here. I believe that Mildred Bailey’s success as a jazz vocalist is grounded in her early vocal training and development from singing traditional tribal songs as a young girl on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation.
 ~Julia Keefe  (source: Jazz Lives)


Mildred Bailey
Her radio series was a consistent platform for top jazz players. (source for top image(source for this image)

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