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N'Kenge, Dayton Philhamornic To Pay Tribute To Jazz's 'Sophisticated Ladies'


Three guest vocalist and a guest conductor will join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in paying tribute to the many of the great women jazz singers in Sophisticated Ladies. Singer N'Kenge joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the upcoming performance and her life in song.

N'Kenge will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic in Sophisticated Ladies on January 26 and 27 at the Schuster Center. More information at: http://daytonperformingarts.org/philharmonic-superpops/sophisticated-ladies-with-steven-reineke

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.