This weekend, the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum will be celebrating International Women’s Day with one of the greatest jazz musicians ever; the Queen of Bass, Nedra Wheeler, leading the Nedra Wheeler Ensemble. Sunday March 8, 2015. Doors open at 12:30, and there will be an interview with Nedra from 1:00 to 1:30 before the concert begins at 2:00.
Nedra is a recipient of the 2006 Jazz Legend of Los Angeles Award from the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation and the City of Los Angeles. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. She is a Performance Lecturer for the Jazz Mentorship program for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department-Watts Towers Art Center.
Wheeler’s artistic versatility (bass, composition, vocals) and experience with diverse musical genres includes jazz (straight ahead and contemporary), pop, R&B, world music, and interpretation of original compositions for modern dance. She has performed and recorded with such greats as Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Benatar, Linda Hopkins, Kenny Kirkland, and Bob Dylan. Her recordings include film soundtracks for Malcolm X, Chick Peas, Clockers, Menace to Society, as well as a self-produced debut CD entitled Gifts: Live at Birdland West.
And she’s – y’know – a genius.
Also appearing with Nedra Wheeler will be Jamal Dean on piano, Abe Lagrimas on drums, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola and Sukari Reed-Glenn on flute.