For the second part of our ‘free’ weekend in Oslo we finally have the chance to highlight one of jazz history’s most characterful voices, “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone.

“Black Gold”, released on RCA Victor, 1970, reproduces footage from the concert Simone held at Philharmonic Hall in New York, a poignant album where she will fully demonstrated the unique mediation power she possessed.

When she combines her technical vocal strength, its passionate, vulnerable honest, almost androgynous baritone and the virtuoso, classically trained piano skills she developed from a young age, with melankole and encouraging message for their African American brothers and sisters, as in “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”.

“It is not addressed to white people Primarily. Though it does not put you down in any way … it simply ignores you. For my people need all the inspiration and love that they can get.”


Sunday, Sept 18th, 5 pm to 8.00 pm

5.00 pm Doors open, album related music

6.00 pm Album Presentation

6.20 pm ‘An Evening With Nina Simone’: Colleen interviews Nina Simone

6.45 pm Album play: Nina Simone – ‘Black Gold’

7.40 pm Q&A including the audience

8.00 pm Finish

Venue: Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene

Tickets: NOK120 in the door or in advance here. Students/Seniors/Juniors/Jazzforum members: Half price. Season Card Nasjonal Jazzscene: Free.

Presenters: Elin Øyen Vister, Kent Horne and Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy

Audio Menu installed by Duet Audio and Midas ReferenceCartridge: Ortofon Cadenza BlackTurntable: Dr. Feickert Woodpecker, Tone arm: Jelco 750 LB,Preamp: Auralic Merak 4x200W Monoblock, Integrated Amp with phono stage: Soulution 520Loudspeakers: Piega MLS 2Interconnects: Midas Reference SiljeSpeaker Cable: Midas Reference FlaviaPower Conditioner: Oyaide