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Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Blacksmiths We Insist Band featuring Mimi Jones & Candice Hoyes

Saturday, August 28, 2021 5 PM Bronx Music Hall
Mimi Jones by Nicholas Carter, Candice Hoyes
The Blacksmiths We Insist Band is a dynamic group of musicians motivated by love, power, wisdom, and joy, who perform music rooted in the African diaspora, including jazz, Afro-Caribbean, R&B, funk, and gospel. The band came together when bassist Mimi Jones and vocalist Candice Hoyes joined the social justice–focused artists’ collective The Blacksmiths as music directors. Comprising mostly women jazz artists, the ensemble spreads messages of Black resilience, joy, and womanhood. Jones and Hoyes wear several hats as vocalists, curators, and arrangers to offer a brass-inflected revelatory message of empowerment.

Part of: Carnegie Hall Citywide


The Blacksmiths We Insist Band
- Mimi Jones, Vocals and Bass
- Candice Hoyes, Vocals
- Corinthia Cromwell, Alto Saxophone and Vocals 
- Kat Rodriguez, Tenor Saxophone and Vocals
- Kellin Hanas, Trumpet
- Gina Benalcazar Lopez, Low Brass and Vocals
- Shirazette Tinnin, Drums and Percussion
- Jhair Sala, Percussion
- Shamie Royston, Piano

Venue Information

BMHC @ the Bronx Music Hall
438 East 163rd Street (at Washington Avenue) | Bronx
thisisbronxmusic.org | 347-708-7591

Lead support for Carnegie Hall Citywide is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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