Host Dionne Warwick returns for The HistoryMakers Year In Review - 2001 to look back on The HistoryMakers’ second year and the night she was interviewed by her friend, actress and entertainer, the late Diahann Carroll in An Evening With Dionne Warwick in Chicago. Throughout the year the organization continued to collect stories for the archive with 82 additional HistoryMakers interviewed in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York. The HistoryMakers’ public presence grew with the hosting of several large live events in Chicago honoring African American artists, baseball players, and legislators, with particular attention given to African American women and American Indians. In addition to never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage, this evening program features a special performance by Lisa Fischer, in tribute to Dionne Warwick and those interviewed in 2001. Immediately following will be a screening of An Evening With Dionne Warwick.
Dionne Warwick is an American singer, actress, and TV-show host. She was born into a gospel music family. She first sang when she was six years old at New hope Baptist Church in New Jersey where eventually she became a choir member. When she became a teenager, she formed a group with her sister Dee Dee and her aunt Cissy Houston called theGospelaires. After high school, she became a scholar at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. While she was performing as a background singer of the song “Mexican Divorce,” the song composer, Burt Bacharach, and the lyricist, Hal David, noticed her voice.After the performance, the composer asked Dionne if she would be interested in recording demo recordings of his compositions. And the rest is history.
Raised in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, Grammy Award-winner Lisa Fischer sang for two decades with legendary vocalist Luther Vandross, and released “So Intense”, earning her first Best R&B Performance Grammy with “How Can I Ease The Pain”. She joined the Rolling Stones for their 1989 Steel Wheels tour, and continued to grace their stage for the next 26 years. Lisa’s passion for constant growth and experimentation with different styles invited recent collaborations with jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Eric Krasno, Talib Kweli, Billy Childs and YoYo Ma, the BBC Proms / Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Anna Deavere Smith’s “Notes from the Field” for HBO, and especially her full evening program The Classic Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton and Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and the National Philharmonic.
Taped: Wednesday, November 14, 2001
This one hour one-on-one interview program provided a rare look into the life and times of Dionne Warwick. Taped in Chicago in front of a live audience, singer Warwick was interviewed by her friend, actress and entertainer, Diahann Carroll. Warwick is one of the most celebrated vocal artists of the past fifty years. With more than fifty hit singles and twenty albums, the artist that bridged the gap climbed to the top of the charts more than any other female entertainer during this time. Throughout her illustrious career, Warwick has combined her exceptional talents as a singer with a deep personal commitment to social activism. Her humanitarian efforts to further AIDS research and education have earned Warwick the respect of millions around the world. An Evening With Dionne Warwick provided an inside look into and explored the wonderfully unique life of Dionne Warwick. Using clips of performances and newsreel footage, An Evening with Dionne Warwick told the story of this living legend.