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Princess NoireThe Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone$
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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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. You Can't Let Them Humiliate You ~ January 1961–December 13, 1961 ~

. You Can't Let Them Humiliate You ~ January 1961–December 13, 1961 ~

(p.107) 10. You Can't Let Them Humiliate You ~ January 1961–December 13, 1961 ~
Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Nina's week-long booking at the Apollo Theater in February—her second at the storied venue. She had appeared there in the spring of 1959 but at the bottom of a jazz bill, playing solo piano for $350. This time Nina, with her trio, was the headliner, and she was earning exactly ten times more. “Friends said I might have trouble with the crowd because the Apollo was well known for giving artists a rough time,” she recalled. Nina hardly flinched from the challenge. She had already shown she could dish out “a rough time,” too. “So the two of us getting together was kind of a championship boxing match with the Apollo as the champ and me the contender.”.

Keywords:   Nina, week-long booking, Apollo Theater, jazz bill, solo piano

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