Published on June 27th, 2013 | by RLn Staff
Grand Performances Pays Tribute to Nina Simone on July 5th
By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
I really didn’t expect Jonathan Ruddnick to come back with an equally important show this year after he put on the phenomenonal “Go With Gil” tribute to the iconic Gil Scott Heron. But he’s doing it in tribute to the legendary Nina Simone in partnership with the incredible Dexter Story. Nina would have been 90 years old this year. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of her death.
Like last year, Jonathan will be using this tribute to show off Los Angeles musical talent pool. But to do it, he enlisted the help of Dexter, who has managed a lot of artists from coast to coast, served as marketing director and for record labels ranging from Bad Boy Records to a producer at Sony Music. He’s also a multi-instrumentalist artist in his own right who has released a CD recently called Seasons. It seems that this year, Jonathan bought on a real heavy hitter with vision to pull off the Nina Simone Tribute.