Eunice – ages 12, 14, 16, and 17:
Eunice’s first recital, Saint Luke C.M.E. Church, age 10.
Tryon Daily Bulletin – April 24, 1943:
Recital at Garrison Chapel Baptist Church, age 10.
Tryon Daily Bulletin – May 15, 1943:
Recital at Saint Luke C.M.E. Church’s Autumn Bazar, age 13.
Tryon Daily Bulletin – November 8, 1946:
Recital at Saint Luke C.M.E. Church, age 14.
Tryon Daily Bulletin – August 19, 1947:
Fundraising recital in the Mazzanovich Studio, age 16.
Glee Club of Allen High School Wins Honors
Asheville Citizen-Times – April 3, 1949:
Recital at Lanier Library in Tryon, age 16.
Tryon Daily Bulletin – July 31, 1949:
Recital at Allen High School in Asheville, NC
Asheville Citizen-Times – May 14, 1950:
Atlantic City Press – June 3, 1955:
Midtown Bar and Grill in Atlantic City was the venue of Eunice’s first public appearance and performance under the name “Nina Simone.”
She created her moniker by combining the nickname ‘Nina’ from a childhood boyfriend and ‘Simone’ from French actress Simone Signoret. Her initial reason for performing under this name was that she didn’t want her strict parents to discover the types of music she was playing and the venues in which she was performing, fearing that they’d disapprove of both.
Despite training for years to become a classical pianist, she began playing in clubs to support herself and was told that she’d also be expected to sing when she performed.
Cash Box – September 5th:
Daily News – September 6th:
New York Times – September 14th:
Nina photographed on stage and backstage by Herb Snitzer:
Nina and Redd Foxx photographed backstage by G. Marshall Wilson:
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Some or all of these scheduled performances may have been canceled due to illness Nina suffered from around this time.