Cassandra Wilson Confirms 'Blue Light To A New Dawn' Spring Tour

To mark the 20th anniversary of Cassandra Wilson's landmark recording 'Blue Light Til Dawn, ' Cassandra and her band will perform selections from the album and more on a tour of Europe and the US in April and May. 'Blue Light Til Dawn' helped change the way that people thought of jazz and it earned her widespread critical acclaim including the title of "America's best singer" in Time Magazine. Additional US dates will be announced shortly.

In a rave review of Cassandra's 'Blue Light To A New Dawn' show in NYC last month, the Wall Street Journal said, "Wilson and her group proved that 'Blue Light' remains a wellspring of music that appeals to body and soul."

Cassandra is also performing select live dates in March in a band known as 'Harriet Tubman and Cassandra Wilson Present: Black Sun.' She has teamed up with Harriet Tubman, a progressive jazz/rock trio founded by longtime collaborator and guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs (deemed "the best bassist in the world" by Time Out NY) and J.T. Lewis on drums. Cassandra sings and plays guitar in the band.

March (Harriet Tubman + Cassandra Wilson Present: Black Sun)
3/14 Bergen Performing Arts Center - Bergen, NJ
3/15 Swyer Theatre The Egg - Albany, NY
3/16 BRIC House - Brooklyn, NY

April (Cassandra Wilson 'Blue Light To A New Dawn' tour)
4/05 Gazarte - Athens, Greece
4/08 Lisinki Concert Hall - Zagreb, Croatia
4/11 Banlieues Blues Festival - Bobigny, France
4/15-19 Bern Jazz Festival - Bern, Switzerland
4/22 Finlandia Hall April Jazz Festival - Helsinki, Finland
4/25 Jazzkaar Festival - Tallinn, Estonia
4/27 Kaunas Jazz Festival - Kaunas, Lithuania

May (Cassandra Wilson 'Blue Light To A New Dawn' tour)
5/03 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild - Pittsburgh, PA
5/04 Evanston SPACE - Evanston, IL
5/07-08 The Triple Door - Seattle, WA
5/10 The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
5/11 Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix, AZ
5/13 Kuumbwa Jazz Center - Santa Cruz, CA
5/19-20 Dakota Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN

What else lies ahead for Cassandra in 2014:

*Visiting the studio in the first half of 2014 to begin work on an album of Billie Holiday songs to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Holiday's birth in 2015.

*Spring: An expanded edition of 'Blue Light 'Til Dawn' will be reissued by Universal, with newly found extra content.

*August 8: Headlining show at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

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