In 1993, singer Cassandra Wilson and jazz guitarist Brandon Ross performed two songs live on the State of the Arts set in Trenton, New Jersey. Both were from Wilson’s recent album, Blue Light ’til Dawn. The album received rave reviews and was the beginning of a string of successes for the singer, who was almost always accompanied by Ross. In 1994, Down Beat named her Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year, and in the next few years Wilson won two Grammys among other awards. Enjoy these lovely renditions of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” and Chet Baker’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is.”

First aired on State of the Arts in October 1993.