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Great Ladies of Jazz
April 7 | 7:00 pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW
Renowned jazz vocalists Aisha de Haas and Natalie Douglas are joined by the Gulf Coast
Jazz Collective and the full Gulf Coast Symphony to present an evening that pays tribute
to Great Ladies of Jazz. From Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday, from Sarah Vaughan to
Nina Simone, we pay tribute to the iconic women who shaped the jazz genre. Get ready
for an unforgettable and mesmerizing evening of soulful voices, the Gulf Coast Jazz
Collective and Gulf Coast Symphony! 

Meet the Stars of Great Ladies of Jazz

Aisha de Haas is a versatile Broadway and jazz artist with the ability to sing in a variety of vocal styles.  
Most recently, Aisha toured North America as Medda Larkin in the 1st National Tour of Disney’s Newsies
and is featured in the “live-capture” movie to be released in 2017.  Graduating from Columbia College
Chicago, where she was mentored by Sheldon Patinkin, Aisha’s professional career began with Little Shop
of Horrors at the Royal George Theater, Four Saints In Three Acts with Chicago Opera Theater and several
productions at The Goodman Theater. She returned to New York, where she was cast in her first Broadway
show, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk with Savion Glover.  This was immediately followed by the
Tony Award Winning production of RENT and Caroline, Or Change.

Off-Broadway, Ms. de Haas was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss And What I Wore and Stephen Sondheim’s
Road Show. Her television appearances include Shades ofBlue, Blue Bloods, Law & Order and The Today
Show.  Her movie roles include AcrossThe Universe, RENT, The Secret Lives Of Dentists and Marci X. Aisha’s
voice has been heard on commercial jingles for Chef Boyardee, McDonald’s, The Lottery and Cover Girl and
several recordings including Dreamgirls In Concert, Caroline, Or Change, Chicago (the Motion Picture),
Road Show and PopJazz.

Twelve-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Winner, Natalie Douglas, has been called “a true
force of nature,” by Clive Davis of The Times (UK). She has performed across three continents – from clubs
& theaters to performing arts centers & concert halls including, Carnegie Hall, Cafe Carlyle, The Town Hall,
Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Pheasantry in London, and at her New York City home club, Birdland Jazz Club,
where her award-winning TRIBUTES monthly residency (Nina Simone, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Nat “King” Cole,
Dame Shirley Bassey, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Joni Mitchell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbra
Streisand and Cher) has been an SRO hit since its Summer 2017 debut. Natalie has released three albums,
including the MAC Award Winning “Human Heart.” Natalie has also made her mark as a much sought after
educator & actor – she is a Master Teacher for the Mabel Mercer Foundation, the Jim & Elizabeth Sullivan
Foundation, and the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s Degree
from USC in Psychology, Theatre and Women’s Studies and a Master’s Degree from UCLA in Psychology and
Theatre. For more info, visit

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