We’re glad to be back at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this Saturday for another Riffin’ session with a D.C.-based talent—this time the stunning area vocalist Lena Seikaly. She’s known to jazz lovers around the city for her sensitive readings of jazz standards, and her own straight-ahead originals. Her concert starts at 8 p.m., but if you show up an hour in advance you can attend our (free) Riffin’ session, during which we’ll watch videos of performances by artists who have influenced Seikaly—and she will join in a conversation with the audience about those influences.
Seikaly has a confident and playful demeanor, which puts her in contact with Billie Holiday’s legacy—but Seikaly is a much more direct, technically striking singer. Her concert at the Atlas is going to be a tribute to Holiday, and it will surely be a delight to hear her interpretation of the undisputed queen of jazz vocals. (Holiday’s 100th birthday was earlier this spring.)
Also, we’re doubly happy to be able to offer two free tickets. Post a comment below telling us your favorite Billie Holiday song, and we’ll enter your name in the drawing. Winners will be notified by Saturday at noon.