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Sept. 30, 2004 -- No. 469

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Jazz singer Nnenna Freelon
to perform at Stone Center

CHAPEL HILL — Jazz artist Nnenna Freelon, a five-time Grammy nominee, will perform two benefit concerts Oct. 30 for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The concerts, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., will be the first in the Dr. Harold J. Cobb Sr. Theatre, a 360-seat facility in the new Stone Center building at 150 South Road.

Freelon, who lives in Durham, has performed and toured with a veritable who’s-who in jazz, including the late Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau and George Benson.

"LIVE," the newest of her eight albums, is her first live recording and her second as producer. Freelon also teaches workshops across the country for novice and professional singers of all ages, including "Babysong" workshops for infants.

She has received the Billie Holiday Award from the prestigious Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award from the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute in Baltimore. Twice, she has been nominated for the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award.

Tickets, on sale at the Carolina Union Box Office, are $100 for limited reserved seating; $50 for the public; $25 for students; and $25 per person for groups of 10 or more. The cost is tax-deductible.

For more information, contact Antoinette R. Parker, public relations officer for the Stone Center, at (919) 962-9001. For ticket information, call the box office at (919) 962-1449.

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