Montreal Jazz Diva Ranee Lee will serenade the audience at Victoria Hall this Saturday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. with her concert Dark Divas, the Musical, a tribute to the most popular female jazz singers of the 20th century.
Presented by Impresario Doudou Boicel, Ranee , herself a Jazz legend , wrote and stars in the concert presentation that remembers the lives and careers of seven of the most popular female jazz singers of the last century including Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
Ranee is backed up by a formidable team of notable jazz musicians including Maestro Ron Di Lauro on trumpet, Jean-Pierre Zanella on sax, Muhammad Abdul Al Khabyyr on trombone, Richard Ring on guitar, Dave Watts on bass, Taurey Butler on piano, and Dave Laing on drums.
Tickets are $ 30, available at the door, or raneelee-en.eventbrite.ca. For more information 514. 989.5226.
Ranee Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Montreal at the age of 18. She toured North America in the seventies as a jazz drummer and tenor saxophonist. She subsequently landed a starring role playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day, for which she won a Dora Mavor Moore Award.. She ultimately began recording as a vocalist, releasing her first album Live At The Bijou in 1984. Her music appears in the animated short film Black Soul, 2002.
Ranee also writes children’s books, is the author of Nana, What Do You Say?, is an educator long associated with the University of Laval in Quebec City and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. In television she hosted the series The Performers.