Nnenna Freelon, 6x Grammy® Award nominee and jazz vocalist on the Concord label, is a gifted educator and a deeply committed arts advocate. Freelon is the winner of both the Billie Holiday Award from the Academie du Jazz and the Eubie Blake Award, and has twice been nominated for the Lady of Soul, Soul Train Award. Freelon has performed and toured with Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau and Ray Charles. Compelling and captivating, Freelon has graced stages from the 43rd annual Grammy Awards to the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and the world’s most famous jazz festivals.
Known as a hybrid bassist, composer, and music producer, Derrick Hodge has performed and recorded with artists such as Common, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Timbaland, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild, Floetry, Gerald Levert, Anthony Hamilton and Donnie McClurkin. Hodge was also a contributing composer for the original musical score of When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, an HBO documentary produced by Spike Lee, as well as choral arranger for the ending credits of Miracle At St. Anna, also directed by Lee. Hodge is the founder of Son Of Knowledge Music and Son of Knowledge Entertainment.