Next Friday, August 10th, we hit the stage at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, perfoming with Valerie Simpson in a beautiful tribute to Nick Ashford, and featuring guest artists from Ashford & Simpson’s noted venue, Sugar Bar.
For all of us who have made music with Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson for so many years, it’s unbelieveable that almost an entire year since Nick passed away. Was it really last August? We feel Nick’s spirit so strongly that it truly feels as though he is here with us still, offering his warm, generous, guiding touch to our lives. In many ways I believe every person who loves the music of Ashford & Simpson keeps Nick alive and present in our hearts.
Join us Friday August 10th for Valerie Simpson & Friends: A Tribute To Nick Ashford. Join us in tribute to one of America’s greatest songwriters. Come sing with us, let us sing to Nick, let us remind him much he is loved. And let us sing to Valerie, who, with her inspirational presence, beauty and undeniable fortitude, continues to make remarkable music.
Check out Valerie Simpson’s newest CD, Dinosaurs are Coming Back Again. Produced by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, this CD was finished in 2001 yet never released – until this year. I had the honor of recording the entire album and even mixed one of the songs. (More about that in a future post.) Have a listen and ENJOY. It’s a fantastic album.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors writes:
Valerie Simpson & Friends: A Tribute to Nick Ashford at Lincoln Center
Ashford & Simpson, whose first duo performance took place in 1972 at Lincoln Center’s Soul at the Center festival, crafted some of pop music’s most indelible hits: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” “I’m Every Woman,” and “Solid (as a Rock).” Simpson pays a heartfelt tribute to her late partner in art and in life with the help of talented collaborators drawn from their Upper West Side hotspot, Sugar Bar.