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Cassandra Wilson in Studio on World Cafe - 02/08/2007

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Cassandra Wilson: Soul, Jazz and New Sounds

Cassandra Wilson: Soul, Jazz and New Sounds

Cassandra Wilson in Studio on World Cafe - 02/08/2007

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Set List

  • "The Weight"
  • "Drunk as Cooter Brown"
  • "Wichita Lineman"

Cassandra Wilson grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and went on to become one of the top jazz singer-songwriters of the 1990s. She was playing the guitar and piano by age 9, and by the '70s was performing with an assortment of R&B bands.

Wilson moved to New Orleans in the '80s, and her moving, expressive voice garnered her a reputation as an emerging soul singer. Later, she moved to New York City, where she impressed those on the jazz-club circuit, but always remained true to her Mississippi roots. In 1996, she won a Grammy for her album New Moon Daughter, which combined original tracks with classic and re-imagined cover songs from the likes of U2, Hank Williams and The Monkees.

Wilson continues to make albums that draw heavily from her Southern background and contemporary sounds — last year's Thunderbird even dabbles in hip-hop — while helping to produce unheralded local musicians as founder of Ojah Media Group.

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