24 February

Tribute to Dinah Washington 100v

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Jyväskylä, Yliopiston päärakennuksen juhlasali

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The Finnish Air Force Big Band – Tribute to Dinah Washington

The Finnish Air Force Big Band and jazz singer Elena Mindru will honour the 100th anniversary year of Dinah Washington performing a concert in Jyväskylä in February.

The Big Band will dive into the whirlpool of the 1950s traditional big band jazz to celebrate the new year.

Dinah Washington (1924-1963) is one of the most popular 1950s female singers.  Her biggest breakthrough was What a Difference a Day Makes, for which she was awarded in 1959 with a Grammy for the best R&B performance.  Even if Dinah called herself “Queen of the Blues”, Washing recorded a versatile range of different musical genres.  The year 2024 marks 100 years of Dinah Washington’s’s birth. The concert performed by the Air Force Big Band and Elena Mindru is a tribute to Dinah Washington. In the course of the evening, a collection of Washington’s most beloved pieces from her career will be heard, including Never let me go, Harbour lights and Sunny Side of the Street.

Elena Mindru:

Internationally acclaimed jazz singer Elena Mindru has enlivened the Finnish music scene for over a decade with her charismatic performance. She was awarded the Second Place and the Audience Prize at the Montreux Shure Voice Competition in Switzerland in 2012, by the legendary producer Quincy Jones. Since then, her career has been on the upswing. Originally from Romania, the singer resides now-a-days in Finland, performing all over the world, both with her own group and as a soloist of symphony orchestras and big bands. Elena has released six albums as a bandleader and has been performing for the last 20 years in countries like the USA, France, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Belarus, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania and Finland.

Conductor
Major (Mus.) Ville Paakkunainen
Vocalist
Elena Mindru

Location

Jyväskylän yliopiston päärakennus, 40100, Jyväskylä.

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