@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club & Cadogan Hall
11 - 12 November 2016
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Lizz Wright hails from Hahira, South Georgia. Both her parents
were ministers. Her father (a pastor) eventually formed his own
church. Apart from his regular duties, he also contributed to the
church musically by serving as pianist and musical director. He
would encourage Lizz to absorb as much as the church could offer.
As you may imagine, her childhood was definitely not ‘rule
free’: no sports, no television, no pants, no designer pantyhose
and no short hair!
Despite such a strict upbringing, Wright somehow managed to maintain
an open mind. In high school she sang with the choir and won many
competitions. She also attended Georgia State in Atlanta to study
voice at professional level. Wright gained further experience performing
at jazz nightclub Churchill Grounds. In 2000 Wright joined the much
talked about In The Spirit jazz group. Two years later she signed
with the Verve record label.