Maxine Sullivan: Swinging Shakespeare to the House of Jazz

Maxine Sullivan experienced one of quickest jumps from obscurity to Broadway, Hollywood films, and hit records ever seen in the jazz world.

Her underrated yet insinuating style was sui genesis during an era when conformity was king (or queen!). There was another side to Sullivan’s life as well – that of a dedicated community activist as well as founding The House That Jazz Built, which was dedicated to bringing the music’s great heritage to children in the South Bronx and other regions of New York.

Sullivan’s daughter, Paula Morris Williams, will be our guest to take us through the life and times of her late mother.

Vocalist Ekep Nkwelle will sing many of Maxine Sullivan’s signature songs, and NJMH Senior Scholar Loren Schoenberg will act as moderator.


This program is supported in part by a grant from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.

Sun, Mar 17
2:00 pm

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