Show being moved to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street in Santa Cruz
With a luxuriant voice redolent of the red soil that sustained her growing up in Georgia, Lizz Wright has been charming music fans worldwide ever since she appeared on the late pianist and composer Joe Sample’s 2002 disc, The Pecan Tree. Wright’s new Concord release, Freedom & Surrender, her first in five years, includes collaboration with red-hot singing star Gregory Porter and award-winning producer Larry Klein. Wright has been called the most gifted interpretive vocalist of her generation, and Freedom & Surrender allows Wright to illuminate her dynamic soul through the layers of passion and playfulness found within the songs. With peculiar focus, she seamlessly weaves through the genres of gospel, jazz, folk, pop, and blues, handling them like colors on a palette. Ultimately, it is the voice, the stories told and the call to connect that transcend categorization and stir her audiences.