Samirah Evans with Franz Robert

FRI ~ 26 Mar, 2021

7 PM (EST)

Samirah Evans, Franz Robert
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Samirah Evans, Franz Robert

FRI ~ 26 Mar, 2021 ~ 7 PM (EST)

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CouchMusic.Live and Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center honor Black History month with the special livestreamed music series MUSIC SPEAKS: AMPLIFYING BLACK VOICES, featuring Samirah Evans & Franz Robert. Please join us in this celebration of how Black music enriches our collective culture and community.

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Samirah Evans is known for her dynamic, soulful approach to jazz and blues, among other genres. Her style is also heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city’s most in-demand singers. Her 1990 debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began a stint of 15 consecutive years performing there as a leader or featured vocalist, and she was a fixture in both clubs and concert venues throughout the Crescent City, including Snug Harbor, Tipitina’s and the House of Blues. During her career, she has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Levon Helm, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Jr., Poncho Sanchez, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty and Sam Kininger, and Sheila Jordan. Hurricane Katrina caused Samirah to relocate to her husband’s hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. She assembled a band called Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils and developed notoriety throughout New England touring upon their 2009 CD release “Hot Club” Live at the Vermont Jazz Center, Evans 3rd release. Evans will be accompanied by pianist Franz Robert, who started in his early teens as a church organist and pianist. He became enamored with the vast world of jazz and improvisation, composing and arranging all of the music for his debut album, On Putney Mountain at the age of 17. A devotee of Bach and Haydn. Robert continues to study and perform both classical music and jazz. The potential of Robert’s musical abilities and imagination are limitless.


Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center is a multi-venue event space in downtown Greenfield, MA. Bringing the best in art and entertainment, from nationally recognized touring acts, to experimental theater, festivals, community events, and more, their mission is to present music and the arts in an accessible, compelling and hospitable manner to benefit the social and economic well being of our regional, national and worldwide community.