There’s a phrase we’ve often heard when speaking about jazz artists: “You’ve got to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

With that in mind, two of Canada’s finest performers are taking the stage at Koerner Hall this Saturday to pay tribute to artists who have come before them. Jackie Richardson will perform the music of Abbey Lincoln, Dianne Brooks and Salome Bey, and Kellylee Evans will share the music of Nina Simone, the artist who inspired her Juno-winning recording Nina. Evans is one of the most outstanding performers out there — if you’ve ever seen her live, you know what I’m talking about.

Evans joined us to talk about how Nina Simone has inspired her throughout her own struggles in her life.