BLACK CLASSICAL MUSIC - FOR NINA
NINA SIMONE was one of the most influential recording artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She became known to the world as "Nina Simone" and her style as a recording artist and live performer was a mix of folk, gospel, classical, blues, pop and soul, but she refused to call it jazz. Throughout her career, Simone assembled a collection of songs that would later become standards in her repertoire. In spite of her commercial success melding various genres, It is widely known that Nina's first love was classical music. At a very young age and still known as Eunice Wayman, she began studying to be a classical pianist. After high school Eunice enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. She then applied to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to further her classical music studies in hopes of becoming the first black classical music pianist in America. Those hopes were crushed when she was denied admission, despite a well-received audition. Eunice became fully convinced that being denied acceptance was because she was black. In the decades to come Eunice Wayman found her voice and became NINA SIMONE, one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century. Ironically, several days before her death, Curtis Institute awarded Simone an honorary degree.
"Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is Black Classical Music."
- Nina Simone
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