Anoko’s Third Annual Listening Room: Nina’s Spell

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Event Location:
The Norwood
241 West 14th Street
New York

About The Event:

Are you ready? The magic last year at our Second Annual Listening Room: Fela’s Shrine was too powerful not to replicate.  Join us at our Third Annual Listening Room: Nina’s Spell, on March 8th at the Norwood, as we draw inspiration from the legendary jazz singer and activist Nina Simone.

The musical event will feature local musicians including singers Rue Brown and Melanie Charles. Here’s Rue performing at our Inaugural Listening Room in 2017.  

Anoko’s Listening Room is an intimate and experimental space where music is discovered, indulged in and explored, hosted in the beautiful speakeasy lounge at the Norwood.  

Here’s a snapshot of our prior music listening rooms: 

2018 Listening Room – Inspired by Fela Kuti

2017 Listening Room – Inspired by Thelonious Monk

Doors open at 8:30pm

Performance begin at 9:00pm



241 West 14th Street

New York, NY 10011

Melanie Charles

Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, actress, and flutist of Haitian descent, with a creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental, and Haitian roots music. Charles latest release “The Girl with the Green shoes” established Charles as a progressive voice in Jazz catching the attention of India Arie and a feature in The New York Times Sunday routine as well as The Village Voice. “You can hear her collaging her musical DNA into jazz-studded multi-instrumentalism and dipping a toe into the experimental… there’s an uncanny cohesion to Charles’ music.” Village Voice

Charles graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a BFA in vocal jazz performance and trained under the tutelage of jazz masters Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver, Junior Mance, Janet Lawson, Carla Cook, and Billy Harper, has worked with Herlin Riley, Ellis Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, ELEW, Jean Grae, SZA, Jussie Smollet, the Gorillaz.  Her recent television appearances include Good Morning America, SNL, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  

Charles’ latest venture, Make Jazz Trill Again, traces the Journey of Black music from the Haitian Folk songs to Negro Spirituals, from the Blues to Nancy Wilson and Hugh Masekela. Charles creates a space where tradition meets present time, using Roland SPs, loop pedals, and the flute to blur the lines between and among social classes, cultures, genders, and theories to create a world where opposing elements can co-exist. Melanies live performance is taken to the next level joined by drummer IGNABU who is currently  Macklemores drummer and has played with groups like Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Arto Lindsay and Flatbush Zombies.

Rue Brown

Rue Brown is a multifaceted singer, with a strong background in dance and musical theater. Born and raised in D.C. and now residing in Brooklyn. Ms. Brown is a blend of jazz, hip hop & soul, a unique sound that reflects her journey, love, and the times.

2019-03-08 20:30

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