Nancy Wilson Tribute featuring The Cafe Society Jazz Quintet

August 28th & 29th at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Cafe Society Jazz Quintet will perform at Wellfleet Preservation Hall (Courtesy of the artists)

Wellfleet Preservation Hall presents jazz quintet The Café Society as they honor “the grand diva of jazz,” Nancy Wilson, on August 28 and August 29, 2019 at 7:30pm. Following her death in December, The Café Society carefully curated this tribute, featuring a selection of Nancy’s songs interwoven with captivating details about her life and music. From her early jazz collaborations with George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley to her biggest R&B hits, enjoy the best of Nancy Wilson as interpreted by this Brooklyn-based group of professional jazz musicians.

The Café Society’s tribute to Nancy Wilson plays Wellfleet Preservation Hall (335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA) on August 28 & August 29, 2019 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and preferred seating is $30. Tickets and more information are available at


In the 1940s, there was one integrated jazz club in New York City where all the greats played: Café Society in the West Village. Today, The Café Society is a Brooklyn-based group of professional jazz musicians led by saxophonist Justin Flynn, bassist Jim Greene, and vocalist Emily Wade Adams. Together with some of the city's most sought-after musicians, they deliver soulful, classic jazz standards without any pretense.

These performances will feature renowned jazz musicians:

  • Joe Strasser (Drums) - George Coleman, Harold Mabern, Kyle Eastwood, Etta Jones, Pete Bernstein, Jane Monheit, John Hendricks, Annie Ross, Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Steve Einerson (Piano) - Marlena Shaw, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Brian Lynch, Killer Ray Appleton, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Slide Hampton
  • Justin Flynn (Sax & flute) - Nancy Wilson, Randy Brecker, Joe Locke, Peter Erskine, Vincent Herring, Ronnie Cuber, Lou Rawls, Jeff Ballard, Toshiko Akiyoshi
  • Jim Greene (Bass) - Greg Tardy, Russell Gunn, Willie Atkins, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Oliver Lake, Art Farmer, Delfeayo Marsalis, John Hicks


Hailing from Cape Cod, Emily attended Wake Forest University as a Presidential Scholar for Voice before moving to San Francisco, where she performed with Ray of Light Theatre as Mrs. Walker in The Who's Tommy, Shawntel in Jerry Springer: The Opera, and Marty in Grease (starring Beth Behrs). She also sang with the San Francisco Symphony and fronted a retro R&B band, with whom she performed at Yoshi's, the Boom Boom Room, and the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. In 2013, Emily returned to the East Coast, and has since appeared at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, and the Spire Center for the Performing Arts with her cabaret tribute to Amy Winehouse, Love is Blind. She performs regularly with her band, The Café Society, and provides backing vocals for various recordings. This August, she will appear as Freddie Mercury at the Cotuit Center for the Arts’ tribute to Queen, We Are the Champions.


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