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An Evening With Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford is an hour-long, live-to-tape PBS-TV interview program that showcased the wonderful life and career of the legendary singer/songwriter duo Ashford & Simpson. Taped in 2011 at Northwestern University Law School's Thorne Auditorium, An Evening With Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford featured the first public interview of R&B icon Valerie Simpson after the untimely passing of her husband and songwriting partner, Nick Ashford. Simpson was candid, revealing and witty as she talked about she and Nick Ashford's chart-topping career

Tony Award winner and choreographer George Faison co-produced the show alongside The HistoryMakers Founder and Executive Director Julieanna Richardson. Ray Chew, Ashford & Simpson's musical director for over twenty years, led the band and served as the program's music producer. Hosted by noted PBS-TV journalist Gwen Ifill, An Evening With Valerie Simpson In Honor of Nick Ashford included musical performances by Patti Austin and Kindred the Family Soul.


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  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Sandra Anderson Baccus
  • Toni Cook Bush & Dwight Bush
  • Comcast Regional
  • Exelon/ComEd
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • Jenner & Block
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Toyota
  • Winston & Strawn


  • The Consilio Group
  • DLA Piper
  • Ernst & Young
  • Brenda Gaines
  • Denise & Gary Gardner
  • Harris Bank
  • John Marshall School of Law
  • Mattie & Michael Lawson
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Nicor Gas
  • Northstar Lottery Group
  • The Nsoro Foundation
  • Perkins Coie
  • Quarles & Brady
  • Sidley Austin LLP


  • George Faison
  • Julieanna Richardson


Music Director

  • Ray Chew



  • Patti Austin
  • Kindred the Family Soul


Event Chair

  • Kelly McNamara Corely

Host Committee

  • Deborah O. Brown
  • Patricia Brown Holmes
  • Debra Carrington
  • Gwen Cohen
  • Beverly A. Coley
  • Toni Cook Bush
  • Linda Crane
  • Allison & Susan Davis
  • Nabil G. Foster
  • Brenda Gaines
  • Denise Gardner
  • Mark Goodman
  • Graham Grady
  • Deborah Gray-Young
  • Linda Jefferson
  • Thomas Kaufmann
  • Karen Levert
  • Jeffrey D. Colman & Nancy Loeb
  • Barbara Lumpkin
  • Felicia Middlebrooks
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Al Reid
  • Dorothy Roberts
  • Paul Roston
  • Brenda Russell
  • Chris Simmons
  • Dawn Steele Halbert
  • Sheila Talton
  • Genelle Trader
  • Rufus & Jaye Williams

Date and Time

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States