Ranee Lee presents : DARK DIVAS at the Centaur Theatre
For two nights only, come and listen to the powerful voice of JUNO Award winning jazz singer Ranee Lee as she brings you on a spectacular musical journey through time that pays tribute and honors legendary Black female performers from the the Jazz age including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, and many others.
Ranee celebrates the divas who influenced her most in her career by giving each classic hit her own unique spin while being backed by some of Montreal’s greatest musicians.
Listen to Ranee Lee below:
Featuring music and songs by Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald, Ranee will lead a series of mesmerizing musical performances that will make you rediscover the worlds of these legendary divas (and bold women of color), who stole the hearts and imagination of millions and dazzled audiences decade after decade.
“My grateful return to The Centaur Stage evokes wonderful and dazzling memories that continually fill me with the immense and creative passion like no other, for the theatre.”
Canadian / American Ranee Lee (Creator and Performer) is one of Canada’s premiere jazz vocalists. She is a multi-award winning jazz musician, songwriter, and actress, as well as a celebrated educator, and an author of the children’s book Nana What Do You Say?
She recently won the 2022 Oscar Peterson Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
2001/ 15 songs , 48 minutes and 26 seconds
Technically, Ranee Lee possesses a strong mastery of the range of vocal abilities perfected by jazz singers —range, pitch, swing and flexibility.
She also possesses a keen understanding of the subtleties of lyrics and the capacity to vivaciously portray a broad spectrum of emotions.
The songs on this CD are highlights taken from her one-woman musical show Dark Divas, in which she draws upon all of her talents to evoke different eras, recreates the roles and perform the melodies of some of the legendary singers of the African American vocal tradition.