CASSANDRA WILSON AND GARY GIDDINS IN CONVERSATION

While the stock market plunges, making some of us sleep badly and others nervously decide to keep that aging car for another year, it is consoling to have a free jazz event (at a humane time) to report.

Singer Cassandra Wilson, captured above in Jenny Bagert’s evocative portrait, will be talking with critic and essayist Gary Giddins at the CUNY Graduate Center (in the Elebash Recital Hall) on Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 PM.  The hall is located at 365 Fifth Avenue. Because admission is free and the hall seats fewer than 200 people, I would suggest that anyone interested arrive quite early.

Wilson will speak about her career as vocalist, bandleader, songwriter, and producer.  And I am sure that Giddins, ever gracious, will ask perceptive questions. Perhaps, on my behalf, someone in the audience will politely ask him when the second volume of his extraordinary biography of Bing Crosby will be published.

Thanks to poet and cultural sleuth Ana Bozicevic for news of this event . . . something to look forward to!  For more information, visit www.gc.cuny.edu. or call 212-817-2005.


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