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Linda Kosut Presents Tribute Show to Oscar Brown Jr.

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LINDA KOSUT
A musical tribute to the life, legacy & spirit of Oscar Brown, Jr.
With the Max Perkoff Jazz Ensemble


Linda Kosut begins her 2006 tour of “Long As You're Living," the songs of Oscar Brown, Jr., on October 7 at San Francisco's Piedmont Piano Company, October 20 at Anna's Jazz Island in Berkeley and November 16 at the acclaimed Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. These shows are, in effect, a birthday party for Mr. Brown, who would have been 80 on October 10.

SATURDAY, OCT 7, 2006 - 8pm
PIEDMONT PIANO COMPANY

with The Max Perkoff Jazz Trio - Max Perkoff, piano & trombone; Fred Randolph, bass; Vince Lateano, drums
660 Third St. (btwn Townsend & Brannon), SF
Reservations: (415) 543-9988 - www.piedmontpiano.com

FRIDAY, OCT 20, 2006 - 8pm & 10pm
ANNA'S JAZZ ISLAND

with The Max Perkoff Jazz Trio - Max Perkoff, piano & trombone; Fred Randolph, bass; Vince Lateano, drums
2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
Reservations: (510) 841-5299 - www.annasjazzisland.com

THURSDAY, NOV 16, 2006 - 8PM & 10PM
JAZZ AT PEARL'S

with The Max Perkoff Jazz Ensemble - Max Perkoff, piano & trombone; Tom Shader, bass; David Rokeach, drums; Randy Vincent, guitar
256 Columbus, North Beach, SF
Reservations: (415) 291-8255 - www.jazzatpearls.com

“Who is Oscar Brown, Jr.?" many folks ask. This show introduces audiences to the music and spirit of this singer, songwriter, poet, activist, actor, director, playwright, Afro-centrist, politician and social critic who left a prolific catalogue of music and poetry. He was a jazzer; cabaret, nightclub and stage performer; some have called him “the Father of Rap" - a renaissance man. In the early 60s, he performed on the Ed Sullivan show, hosted the Steve Allen Jazz Scene USA series; and Dave Garroway of The Today Show, presented a 2-hour special with OBJ.

In a December 2004 interview with NPR's Tavis Smiley, when asked about the importance of the lyric, Mr. Brown said, “It starts with lyrics. It just does. The music comes after, like a shadow."

Linda's passionate and interpretive skill with the “story" song is evocative - a perfect mix to interpret the songs of Oscar Brown, Jr. She is a moving and entertaining performer best known for her unique stylings of jazz standards and pop tunes. Linda combines her musicianship with her love of the lyric and her ability to tell the tale with strong emotional connection and humor.

“It's time for a new audience to hear Oscar Brown, Jr.'s music; and for his original fans to come out and appreciate him once again!"

“I grew up on his music," says Linda. “When I was 16, I listened to Sin and Soul, and Between Heaven and Hell, Mr. Brown's premier Columbia recordings. I was mesmerized," she says. “He acted, emoted and 'ached' through his songs. His lyrics and presentation were penetrating - performing with an artistic intensity that went right through my body. Today I am privileged to bring his music back to the stage."

“So glad you will be exposing Dad's material"--Maggie Brown, Jazz singer and Oscar Brown, Jr.'s daughter

Linda's CD, is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/kosut

“The CD is simply exquisite! Everything about it: vocals, arrangements, and variety. I'm sure he [Oscar Brown Jr.] would have been delighted to hear your 'Dat Dere.' Your album is a breath of fresh air from San Francisco!"--Norman Curtis, New York-based BMI songwriter/composer; Oscar Brown Jr.'s music collaborator from '55-'62.


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