UPDATE: In accordance with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent executive order, all non-essential services have been ordered to suspend operations. As a result, Blue House Productions with suspend operations and streams until further notice.
Vocalist Heidi Martin is one of D.C.’s treasures: She emits messages complex but clear, with an essence of mourning and resilience that hints at Billie Holiday and a quavering force not unlike Joni Mitchell’s. But as a poet, she’s most closely linked to Abbey Lincoln, that vocalist and composer whose ear was always turned toward the acridity of injustice—not just its effects, but the ways we push it aside by drilling down. She performs with a quintet featuring D.C. all stars like bassist Michael Bowie and pianist Colin Chambers to celebrate Abbey Lincoln and stream some of her works in this time of crisis. The livestream will go live on the The Covid Sessions at Blue House Productions Facebook page at 8 p.m.