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1959 September 12: New York Town Hall
The day of the show I dressed in a long white gown draped over one shoulder and white satin shoes. Don was with me that evening because I was a little nervous - not on performing, but of being around so many people backstage. I needed a familiar face. I stood in the wings and looked out at the audience, sitting in neat rows with no drinks in thei hands, no cigarette girls walking up and down to distract them, and no out-of-tune piano to ruin my performance. The MC called my name and I walked on like an Egyptian queen - slow, calm and serious.
Colpix recorded the concert and released it as Nina Simone at Town Hall, so if you don't believe me you can listen for yourself. The reviews were the best I had ever had. I was a sensation. An overnight success, like in the movies.
-Nina Simone I Put a Spell On You, Autobiography (DaCapo Press, reprinted 2003)

The show was her New York concert debut. Simone later wrote how, after years playing clubs, that it was one of the first times that she'd played somewhere where people had arrived simply to listen to her. Recorded when she was only toying with popular music in order to fund her continued studies into classical piano, it shows her formal background, evident in her confident, on-stage mastery.
-BBC Online

Some tracks of the concert were not published, but re-recorded in a later studio session. David Nathan wrote (annotation on CD To Be Free) that "Ben Riley recalled that he was the drummer at the concert " and also that bass was probably not played by Jimmy Bond.
Bob Blake, Jack Gold, production
Nina Simone vocal, piano - Jimmy Bond bass - Al 'Tootie' Heath drums
Fine and Mellow Billie Holiday
1972 [8:39] LP 4 Sings Billie Holiday Stroud SLP 1005 (US)
1975 [8:39] LP 4 Sings Billie Holiday Contempo CLP 529 (UK)
1977 [8:31] LP 7 Town Hall Revisited Trip 5057 (US)
1990 [8:32] CD 1-14 51 Great Jazz Performances That's Jazz TJ401
1991 [8:43] CD 10 Nina Royal Collection RC 83138 (IL) listed as 'Porgy'
1994 [8:35] CD 10 Fine & Mellow Broad Music BRCD 035 (AU) listed as Nina's Blue
2007 [8:41] CD 4 Sings Billie Holiday + Gospel According To Charly SNAP288CD (UK)
2008 [5:05] MP3 4 Tribute to Billie Holiday Artwork Media (US)
2009 [5:06] MP3 39 The Definitive Rarities Collection Artwork Media (US)
Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair Traditional
1959 [3:23] LP 1 At Town Hall Colpix CP/SCP 409 (US)
1960 [3:23] single 2 Nobody Knows You When + Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair Colpix CP 158 (US)
1964 [3:27] LP 1 The Second Album Palace 802 (US)
1972 [3:28] LP 8 Golden Hour of Golden Hour GH 535 (UK)
1988 [3:29] CD 1 At Town Hall Green Line CDGLL 114 (IT)
1996 [3:36] CD 1-6 Anthology: The Colpix Years Rhino R2 72567 (US)
1999 [3:32] CD 13 The Amazing + At Town Hall Collectables COL 6206 (US)
2010 [3:29] CD 3-1 Trilogy NotNow NOT3CD038 (UK)
2011 [3:29] CD 2-13 The Complete (1955-1959) Le Chant du Monde 274 2047.48 (FR)
Exactly Like You Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh
1969 LP 6 Nina Simone Marble Arch MAL 895 (UK)
1972 [3:09] LP 9 Golden Hour of Golden Hour GH 535 (UK)
The Other Woman Jessie Mae Robinson
Return Home Nina Simone (Instrumental)
1959 [4:55] LP 9 At Town Hall Colpix CP/SCP 409 (US)
1969 LP 3 Nina Simone Marble Arch MAL 895 (UK)
1988 [5:13] CD 9 At Town Hall Green Line CDGLL 114 (IT)
1999 [5:28] CD 21 The Amazing + At Town Hall Collectables COL 6206 (US)
2010 [5:13] CD 3-9 Trilogy NotNow NOT3CD038 (UK)
2011 [5:23] CD 2-21 The Complete (1955-1959) Le Chant du Monde 274 2047.48 (FR)
Summertime George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward instrumental
1959 [2:49] LP 6 At Town Hall Colpix CP/SCP 409 (US)
1988 [2:51] CD 6 At Town Hall Green Line CDGLL 114 (IT)
1999 [2:54] CD 18 The Amazing + At Town Hall Collectables COL 6206 (US)
2010 [2:51] CD 3-6 Trilogy NotNow NOT3CD038 (UK)
2011 [2:55] CD 2-18 The Complete (1955-1959) Le Chant du Monde 274 2047.48 (FR)
Summertime George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
1959 [2:39] LP 7 At Town Hall Colpix CP/SCP 409 (US)
1960 [2:37] single 2 Fine and Mellow + Summertime Colpix CP 143 (US)
1963 single 1 Summertime + Cotton Eyed Joe Colpix TL 102 (US)
1972 [5:45] LP 13 Golden Hour of Golden Hour GH 535 (UK)
1988 [2:45] CD 7 At Town Hall Green Line CDGLL 114 (IT)
1999 [5:36] CD 2-5 Sophisticated Ladies EMI 7243 5 22715-6-7
1999 [2:43] CD 19 The Amazing + At Town Hall Collectables COL 6206 (US)
2010 [2:45] CD 3-7 Trilogy NotNow NOT3CD038 (UK)
2011 [2:42] CD 2-19 The Complete (1955-1959) Le Chant du Monde 274 2047.48 (FR)
Under the Lowest Nina Simone (Instrumental)
1959 [5:18] LP 4 At Town Hall Colpix CP/SCP 409 (US)
1960 [3:15] single 2 If Only for Tonight + Under the Lowest Colpix CP 156 (US) short version
1969 LP 8 Nina Simone Marble Arch MAL 895 (UK)
1972 [8:02] LP 11 Golden Hour of Golden Hour GH 535 (UK)
1988 [5:25] CD 4 At Town Hall Green Line CDGLL 114 (IT)
1999 [5:32] CD 16 The Amazing + At Town Hall Collectables COL 6206 (US)
2003 [7:59] CD 1-13 Gold Collection Dejavu Retro R2CD 42-52 (DE)
2010 [5:25] CD 3-4 Trilogy NotNow NOT3CD038 (UK)
2011 [5:24] CD 2-16 The Complete (1955-1959) Le Chant du Monde 274 2047.48 (FR)
Wild Is the Wind Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
1977 [5:57] LP 6 Town Hall Revisited Trip 5057 (US)
1990 [6:00] CD 11 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me Tring International PLC GRF022 (UK)
2009 [5:45] MP3 50 The Definitive Rarities Collection Artwork Media (US)
You Can Have Him (I Don't Want Him) Irving Berlin
1959 [5:43] LP 5 At Town Hall Colpix CP/SCP 409 (US)
1961 [3:30] single 1 You Can Have Him + Gin House Blues Colpix CP 608 (US)
1963 [6:00] LP 8 Nina's Choice Colpix CP/SCP 443 (US)
1963 [2:05] single 2 Trouble in Mind + You Can Have Him Colpix TL 151 (US)
1964 EP 3 Fine and Mellow Colpix PXE 303 (UK)
1967 LP 1 Sweet 'n Swingin' Simone Marble Arch MAL 1136 (UK)
1972 [5:49] LP 12 Golden Hour of Golden Hour GH 535 (UK)
1977 [5:50] LP 3 Town Hall Revisited Trip 5057 (US)
1988 [5:47] CD 5 At Town Hall Green Line CDGLL 114 (IT)
1990 [5:50] CD 3-5 51 Great Jazz Performances That's Jazz TJ401
1991 [5:58] CD 4 Nina Royal Collection RC 83138 (IL)
1992 [5:55] CD 7 The Best of The Colpix Years Roulette CDP 7985842 (US)
1993 [5:52] CD 13 Gold Gold GOLD 042 (NL)
1994 [5:53] CD 4 Fine & Mellow Broad Music BRCD 035 (AU)
1996 [5:55] CD 1-9 Anthology: The Colpix Years Rhino R2 72567 (US)
1999 [6:00] CD 8 Nina's Choice Collectables COL 6308 (US)
1999 [5:49] CD 17 The Amazing + At Town Hall Collectables COL 6206 (US)
2001 [5:54] CD 10 You Can Have Him Mazur Media HDJ 4087 (DE)
2003 [5:52] CD 1-10 Gold Collection Dejavu Retro R2CD 42-52 (DE)
2008 [5:55] CD 1-5 To Be Free Legacy Recodings 88697 38192 2 (US)
2010 [5:47] CD 3-5 Trilogy NotNow NOT3CD038 (UK)
2011 [5:51] CD 2-17 The Complete (1955-1959) Le Chant du Monde 274 2047.48 (FR)