The Blues Singer - Coco York (USA)

CoCo York - a globe-trotting performer and educator who astounds audiences with her talent, charisma, and knowledge of American music and a special guest - saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan, will be performing at the Hue Festival 2008 through a partnership with the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

CoCo York, a globe-trotting performer and educator who astounds audiences with her talent, charisma, and knowledge of American music, will be performing at Festival Hue 2008 through a partnership with the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Born Guinevere Henry, CoCo York has come a long way from her hometown in Arkansas. After receiving a music degree from Louisiana's Southern University, she studied opera with Mattiwilda Dobbs.  She honed her blues and jazz talents singing in New Orleans clubs, and explored the roots of American music during a stay in Africa.

In addition to sharing the stage with B.B. King and other music greats, CoCo received one of American music’s highest honors when she was asked to play at the 1997 president inauguration.  President Clinton later invited her to participate in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan in Rotterdam and cited her performance as “beautiful and moving.”

CoCo York has proven herself to be a consummate cultural ambassador. On tours in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia and as the Professor of Music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, she has made a career of introducing listeners and musicians throughout the world to America’s music traditions.

Tran Manh Tuan was born in Hanoi into a family of stage performers. Tuan began playing saxophone in 1979 and was the first Vietnamese musician to receive a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He won the “Best Saxophonist in Vietnam" title in 1991.  His first solo concert was in 1993 at the Hanoi Opera House. He has performed with numerous musicians, including Hans Dulfer, Fulvio Albano, Rob Mullins, Mike Del Ferro, John Ferguson, Stephan Echer, Coco York, Jennifer Ryan, Mezcal Jazz Unit group, Dana Leong.  Most recently, he performed with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Derek Nash, Lillian Boutte, Charlie Bisharat, and Dave Grusin and Don Grusin.

 
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