The Virginia Arts Festival and the Old Dominion University Department of Music present clinics featuring various artists appearing as part of the Jazz at the Attucks Series:
Join jazz vocalist Lori Williams as she works with musicians from ODU and area schools. Williams will provide feedback to
student groups and share musical and professional tips and advice as
well as experiences based on her career.
A passion for sharing jazz drives this DC-based singer, who tucks tours
and club dates around her teaching at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson High
School, where she is the Director of Vocal Music.
Raised by Baptist parents, Lori Williams’ first love was gospel; it was
when she was at Hampton University that her tastes expanded to jazz. In
1988, Lori took a train to New York City to compete on TV’s “Showtime at
The Apollo.” She sang “Summertime” from “Porgy & Bess.” “They had a
viewing party on campus and everybody saw it,” Lori reminisces. “I felt
like a superstar. The campus and my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
are family to me…highly motivational.” Her distinctive “smoke-and-honey
voice” (The Washington Post) has drawn invitations to perform
with such stars as gospel’s Yolanda Adams, R&B’s Howard Hewett, Will
Downing and Phil Perry, contemporary jazz master Stanley Jordan,
traditional jazz icons Terri Lyne Carrington and Winard Harper, and tap
dance sensation Savion Glover. Attucks Jazz Club fans can look forward
to hearing great things from this singer, including love songs from her
new 2018 album Out of the Box—all caressed by a voice that’s “warm and rich…and earthy as red clay” (Jazzweekly.com).
This event is free and open to the public.
Tickets for the Nov. 10 live show with Lori Williams and the John Toomey Trio at the Attucks Jazz Club are available at vafest.org!