SAN FRANCISCO - Linda Kosut, Bay Area jazz and cabaret performer brings her show, Long As You're Living," a joyous and moving tribute to the great Oscar Brown, Jr., to the Octavia Lounge for two nights only, March 24 & April 7, at 8:00pm. The Octavia Lounge is located at 1772 Market Street at Octavia Blvd, SF. Reservations (415) 863-3516. Linda will be backed by pianist/trombonist Max Perkoff and his band.
Kosut performed this show last November to a sell-out crowd at Jazz at Pearl's. The shows at the Octavia Lounge will include new material and includes songs from her upcoming CD also entitled Long As You're Living," an Oscar Brown, Jr. song originally recorded by Abbey Lincoln.
Linda Kosut has been performing to steady acclaim on the cabaret scenes of New York and the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. Her 2003 debut CD, Life Is But A Dream," was selected as one of the top female vocalist CDs of 2003 by Cabaret Hotline Online in New York.
She has appeared in clubs in New York, Los Angeles and many San Francisco Bay Area jazz & cabaret venues including the Empire Plush Room, The Purple Onion, the Zingari Lounge at The Donatello Hotel, Cosmopolitan Caf, Caf de la Presse, Club Jazz Nouveau and Anna's Jazz Island in Berkeley, to name just a few.
Now Kosut presents Long As You're Living," her tribute to the great Oscar Brown, Jr. Brown was an inspirational and influential composer and playwright who died in 2005 at the age of 78. I grew up on his music," says Kosut. When I was a girl, I listened to Sin and Soul and Between Heaven and Hell, Brown's first Columbia recordings. I was mesmerized. The emotion and drama he brought to his music were clearly evident as you listened to his songs. His lyrics and delivery were penetrating - performing with an artistic intensity that went right through me."
Brown's work has been described as ... monuments to socially conscious songwriting on a par with the best work of Curtis Mayfield and Gil Scott-Heron, who also wrote about the full panoply of black life -- joy, anger, love, frustration, humor -- and helped define Afrocentrism. Brown did it first, in a way that managed to be both entertaining and serious, melding soul, jazz and musical theater into a body of work that always deserved far more recognition than it got."
Nightlife / Cabaret / Calendar Listings:
WHO: Linda Kosut in Long As You're Living" with The Max Perkoff Band, a tribute to jazz legend Oscar Brown Jr.
WHEN: Sat, March 24, and April 7, 8 PM
WHERE: Octavia Lounge, 1772 Market St, San Francisco, CA