Jasmine Guy stars in ode to 1920s Harlem in ‘Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey’ on Feb. 24 at TPAC
Tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 28, at 10:00 a.m
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel "Cane" and the works by musicians, composers, and poets of the Harlem Renaissance, “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” starring award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, comes to Nashville Feb. 24 for a one-night-only performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 28, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.
Starring the award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, “Raisin’ Cane” celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery.
During the years leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, artistic expression grew but outlets and avenues for its poets, musicians, novelists, artists, and actors were few. In 1918, as World War I concluded and thousands of African-American soldiers returned home victorious, the mountain of artistic expression was ready to explode.
The words and thoughts of Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois and many others, combined to shape the voice of a new generation of African Americans looking forward but still struggling with the past and present. Their thoughts, songs, and images are woven into a panoramic experience that spans this extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor. “Raisin’ Cane” is a window on this critical point in history.
Cast and Creative
Jasmine Guy has a regular presence on film, television, and stage. She was the star of the Bill Cosby spin-off “A Different World” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards. Recent television work includes “The Vampire Diaries,” “Melrose Place,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Dead Like Me.” A former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she also has appeared in a range of Broadway and national productions including “Chicago,” “Grease,” and “The Wiz.” On film, she starred in Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” as well as in “Harlem Nights,” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy. ” Her collaborations over the years, from Bill Cosby to Spike Lee to Kenny Leon to the Atlanta Ballet, show her to be a multi-faceted performer. Guy is not only recognized as an accomplished actress, singer, and comedienne, but also as a director, writer, and speaker.
Avery Sharpe is considered one of the greatest Jazz bassists of his generation. He has performed and toured with many of the world’s top jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Bobby McFerrin, Pay Metheny and others. Sharpe’s extraordinary compositional skills are on display in “Raisin’ Cane.” His exceptional works have been performed in every musical configuration from orchestras to the Grammy Award-winning jazz recordings of Michael Brecker and McCoy Tyner. For performances of “Raisin’ Cane,” Sharpe is joined by the renowned percussionist Kevin Sharpe and acclaimed jazz violinist Diane Monroe.
For more information about “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” please visit www.RaisinCaneTheTour.com.
If You Go:
“Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey”
Feb. 24, 2017
TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.
Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.