Motor House will present international jazz recording artist, composer and activist Candice Hoyes’ Billie Holiday musical tribute at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019.
The concert is the culminating event of a Billie Holiday celebration at Motor House that includes an 11 a.m. free workshop for kids ages 6-12, and a 7 p.m. free lecture about the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation by Johns Hopkins Professor Lawrence Jackson.
Hoyes’ voice has been compared to Eartha Kitt, Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne. She uses themes such as the Jazz Age, feminism and black history as her music and teaching inspiration and is a lecturer at Jazz at a Lincoln Center. A Harvard grad, Hoyes has recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, and Wycliffe Gordon. She is a contributing culture writer for Shondaland, Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and Blavity. Her acclaimed first album, On Turquoise Cloud, featured rare Duke Ellington songs that blur the line of jazz and classical music. She is currently writing and recording her second album, which is set for a 2019 release. Hoyes will also present a workshop for families at Motor House to complement the cabaret performance.