The Outpost Jazz Performance Space

Albuquerque's Non-Profit, Member-Supported, Community-Based Performing Arts Center

Alicia Olatuja

Sponsored by Annapurna's World Vegetarian Cafe and Eddie Chelist, Music Lover

Time: 7:30pm     Day: Saturday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $15 - $20
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Vocalist, Alicia Olatuja electrified a crowd of a million people on the National Mall at the 2013 inauguration of Barack Obama, with her richly textured, show-stopping solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The New York Times lauded  her "strong, lustrous tone," and ABC's The View, called it "breathtaking, fantastic, unreal."  Originally from St. Louis, now based in Brooklyn, Olatuja graduated with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. An opera and musical theater enthusiast, she made her professional debut in the World Premiere operetta, Corps of Discovery, and in 2011, performed in the world premier of Tony-nominated composer Elizabeth Swados dramatic piece, From the Fire.  With a musical style that blends elements of classical, jazz, gospel, and pop, she has played alongside Chaka Khan, Bebe Winans, and Christian McBride. She also works with bassist Michael Olatuja in their African Jazz band, The Olatuja Project where she sings in various African dialects (Yoruba and Shona). Their 2013 release, Promise was described as a "buoyant, blissful world-music/jazz hybrid" (JazzTimes.com). In 2014, Olatuja released her debut solo album, Timeless, which the Seattle Post Intelligence described as "an assortment of classic pop tracks with sprigs of gospel, soul, and blues sewn into the fabric... that accentuate her soaring vocals." She'll be joined by Jon Cowherd, piano; David Rosenthal, guitar;  bass & drums, TBA.