Taste of Soul Sunday: Listen

Sweet Willie Singleton

Sweet Willie Singleton

1:00 pm | Level 1

Renown trumpeter, Sweet Willie Singleton has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Band, played lead trumpet with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under Wynton Marsalis, and most recently was guest principle trumpet with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra for the Lou Rawls, Ben Vereen, Mercedes Ellington, Monica Mancini, Starlight Trio, Capital Quartet, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Manhattan Transfer, and Benny Goodman concerts.

Nola Ade

Nola Adé

1:30 pm | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

The first generation of her Nigerian American family to be born in the states, the Chicago, Illinois native is the embodiment of an immigrant spirit of hope and optimism. Nola Adé is a full-bodied vocalist whose phrasing is Ella Fitzgerald, soulful timbre is Jazmine Sullivan, and eclectic style is all her own. Her music and message is about honoring the traditions of the past, being unafraid of the present, and unapologetically being oneself for a brighter future. Innovative takes on modern classics like Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” and Chrisette Michele’s “Love Is You,” as well as original songs like “Love,” she has launched her indie debut with The Love Dance EP.


In the Tradition

2:30 pm | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

In The Tradition got its start on Detroit’s west side and made a name as a hard-swinging bebop ensemble. The band has performed at myriad festivals including the Detroit International Jazz Festival. The band was selected Artist of The Week by SkyJazz International. In 2012, the band released its fourth album, Sirius. The double-disc recording has received global praise and play. Each member of In The Tradition are seasoned performers. Band members have performed individually with artists such as Dizzie Gallespie, Grant Greene, Mose Allison, Marcus Bellgrave, BB King, Milt Jackson, Johnny O’neal, Hugh Lawson, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, and many others.

Asamu Johnson

3:30 pm | Level 3 | Ryerson Auditorium

Unique and captivating, Asamu Johnson and his band have performed across the nation at various festivals, night clubs, and other venues. They once opened for Blues legend Koko Taylor and have played at notable venues including the Chenango Blues Fest in Norwich, New York; Teddy’s Juke Joint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and the Pee Dee Blues Bash in Florence, South Carolina.