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Great Grief with Nnenna Freelon

What is the sound of a breaking heart? How do you grow a new one in the echo of loss? From the mind of celebrated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon comes Great Grief, a podcast about love, loss and the ultimate shape shifter known as Grief. Listen to music and stories designed to help us meet the mourning and embrace the living.

About Nnenna Freelon
Nnenna Freelon is a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, music educator, arts advocate, producer and arranger who has achieved international acclaim in both recording and live performance.

Click [here] to listen to Nnenna on NPR's Weekend Edition in May 2021.

And [here] to watch the music video for "Time Traveler" from Nnenna's new album.

Great Grief
  • Nnenna's walk with Grief is just beginning and she wouldn't mind some company. The journey continues as new stories return on August 6. | Don't forget to subscribe to Great Grief so you never miss an episode.
  • July 9 is a significant day for Great Grief host Nnenna Freelon. The date marks the anniversary of Phil Freelon's passing and Nnenna has chosen to commemorate the occasion with an original song called "July." | New episodes coming August 2021.
  • When death does you part, does marriage truly end? Following the passing of her husband, Nnenna contends with — and resists — the concept of transitioning from wife to widow. | Support this show with a donation at
  • Nnenna looks at the interplay between light and shadow much differently since her beloved Phil, a photographer and architect, taught her about the connection. Those lessons guided her through the highest and lowest moments of his ALS journey. | Support this show with a donation to
  • A darkening sky slowly shadows the story of time traveling lovers Nnenna and Phil.
  • Grammy-nominated musician Nnenna Freelon invites you on a walk with Grief, destination unknown.
  • Singer-storyteller Nnenna Freelon recalls a romance eclipsed by grief.