re Nina Simone

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Thu, 19 Nov 1998 17:32:19 -0800 (PST)

Re the query by Cathleen Cunmmings --We are preparing for release a cassette
containing two Nina Simone performance documentaries. These are 1961-1962
black/white television programs. We believe they are the earliest examples of
Simone on film or video. No jacket description has been prepared yet but the
gist of contents is this:

(1) Singer Nina Simone sings at piano. On several selections she is backed
up by her combo: Alvin Shackman, Robert White, Christopher Hamilton.
Selections include: "Sunday in Savannah...", "I'll Look Around." ."When I was
in my Prime." "Zungo" (African language song, taught her by Olatunji). "For
All We Know", a jazz improvisation, and a portion of "Breaking rocks on the
chain gang..."

(2) Performances by Larry Adler (harmonica with accompaniment) , and very
briefly by Paul Draper (dancer). Nina Simone sings at piano and with small
jazz combo two songs from "Porgy and Bess" and "There Is a Book of Love"
accompanied by bass and congos.

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