SESSIONS :: GENINE DOES NINA – tonight at South on Main

Sessions :: Genine does NinaIn honor of her April birthday, Amy Bell is curating April Sessions by choosing her favorite local musicians to cover her favorite artists. For the first Wednesday in April, Amy has invited the incredible Genine Latrice Perez to celebrate the music of Nina Simone.

Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost $12 cover day of show. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase advance tickets to confirm your reservation.


A self-taught jazz and blues singer with a booming voice, Genine LaTrice Perez “captures the spirit of the live-sound era,” said Rex Bell of Infrared Records. Her performances With elegance, fun, and excitement in a jazz and R&B atmosphere, Genine will keep you entertained by her musical journey back in time to the sounds of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Etta James, and Otis Redding. Not only does she take you on a journey back in time, she moves you forward with neo-soul by Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Leelah James, and Chrisette Michelle. She has two jazz projects: Self-titled, Genine LaTrice Perez on iTunes, and Cafe’ Windsong, a live project. She is also featured on two Rex Bell Trio albums: Two Faces: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday’s 100th Birthday and Let me Sing it for You-A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

In addition to her musical endeavors, Genine devotes herself altruistically to serving her community as well as the state of Arkansas. A prolific educator, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, leader and visionary, Genine has committed her life to empowering people to thrive, even if the environment dictates otherwise. Although she is dedicated to helping people from all walks of life, she is principally passionate about service to youth. She has been listed on the Arkansas Arts Council Artist in Education (AIE) Roster since 2005. Her AIE residency workshop invites students into the world of jazz through historical accounts using music, creative writing, and dramatizations, while sharing key messages on the importance of good decision-making, dreaming the impossible dream, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

She is executive director of the statewide Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative, a proud matriculate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree and a Masters of Arts Degree in Professional and Technical Writing. Genine is an adjunct composition and business-writing instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.