Jazz By The Riverside
Friday, April 20
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Aziza Miller Ten years ago, Linda Williams, best known in music circles for her 5 _ years playing and conducting for Natalie Cole, had an epiphany: it was time for a change – time for a new name, a new direction, a new life.
Aziza, the performer, the composer/lyricist, the complete artist was born. After her Hollywood period in which she composed the melody for Miss Cole’s “La Costa”, a contemporary standard, then wrote and recorded “City Living”, her debut album on Clive Davis’ Arista Records, Aziza turned to the daunting task of raising her son Brandon. She spent years happily shaping her young man’s life until he graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from U.S.C. and became Lt. Brandon Miller, pilot, U.S. Navy. Finding herself in the proverbial “empty nest”, Aziza brought out her yellow writing pad and began chronicling her thought and feelings. Somewhat to her amazement, the poet in her emerged! Reams and reams of poetry, song lyrics and topical statements poured out of her busy pen. Marrying those words to melody had always been her forte, so the composer in her got to work setting lyric to melody. Watching Aziza perform we sense the organic nature of her songwriting. Everything becomes a part of her work – a trip on the subway, a walk through the neighborhood, a fantasy about the man she will love, a statement about the man she will no longer love, her paean to the great ladies of jazz, and yes her exhortation to all the ladies to strut their divalicious ways – it all sums up her positive take on life. Watching her audiences nod their heads in agreement as she weaves her way through the types of relationships “out there” today, one gets the sense that she is talking for them, saying the things they think but can’t really express. She is becoming their voice, their spokesperson in a world that doesn’t always make sense. Her audience knows she makes sense to them.
JAZZ BY THE RIVERSIDE
91 Claremont Avenue
Between 121 & 122 Claremont Avenue
(One block over west of Broadway)
New York, NY 10027
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 8:00 pm