Dr. E aka “The Inspirational Soul Queen” is a soulful recording and performance artist. A multi-dimensional performer in the spirit of Maya Angelou, Dr. E is OSU professor, songstress, songwriter, actress, author, activist, speaker, and survivor. As a recording artist, Dr. E has two solo album projects to her credit–“Elevated,” her first full length CD effort, was nominated for a Soultracks.com best new artist award in 2010 and its follow-up, Songs for the Struggle, was named one of The Soul Show’s (WYEP-FM Pittsburgh) top 10 albums of 2017. The Twin Cities Arts Reader declared her one-woman show based on her memoir, PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life (2013), a Critic’s Pick of the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Dr. E’s live show mirrors her experiences from an R&B and Funk perspective featuring the music of artists such as Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Phyllis Hyman, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill. Also featured in Dr. E’s show are original pieces that serve as a narrative to the struggles and triumphs of women of color. Recent performances in the midst of the pandemic have included performing for elderly and quarantining residents via Curbside Concerts, Columbus Arts Fest In Place online, as well as the Wex[EP] virtual concert series for experimental and original music, produced by the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Dr. E is accompanied by musical director Chris Brown (keys), Troy Jones (drums), and R&B Hall of Famer Melvin Stewart (bass).
You can learn more about Dr. E’s music and advocacy at her website: https://giveusfreerecords.com/.
Where: This is a streamed event so you can enjoy it anywhere! Click here to start streaming: https://youtu.be/CbWMTzX55eM
When: 1:00-2:00 PM on Sunday Sept. 27th, 2020.
Featured cause: The Education Foundation for Freedom (EFF) is a local 501(c)(3) organization that promotes education as the foundation for freedom for women and girls (especially women and girls of color) vulnerable to urban domestic human trafficking by providing scholarship funds, emergency assistance for students, and educational experiences. EFF also hosts the annual Women and Girl’s Fest here in Columbus. You can help support this important cause by donating here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2619739751572152/2619739771572150/. :)
Additional things to know: This performance is FREE thanks to the generosity of our amazing sponsors: City of Columbus – City Hall, United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, PNC bank, Harrison’s On Third, Lacquer gallery, and IBS.
A little about us: The Harrison West Jazz Stage was started by two former Harrison Westers (Mark Subel and Dara Schwartz who are also the co-founders of our sister music series, the Bexley Jazz in the Park Series) for Harrison West neighbors and the larger Columbus community. It is entirely volunteer run and is now hosted by the Harrison West Society. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Mark and Dara, and to all the volunteers who have helped to support this event over the last eight years! ♥
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