Four of the San Francisco Bay Area's top Jazz Singer/Songwriters are featured in a concert of jazz standards and originals. Performers include Jennifer Lee, Melissa Dinwiddie, Cathi Walkup, and Leanne Weatherly. Backing them will be David Udolf on piano and Paul Smith on bass.
Jennifer Lee is a vocalist/pianist/guitarist with a warm, lovely voice, extraordinary musicality, and hip sense of time. Whether on guitar or piano, Jennifer accompanies herself with a simple elegance and sweetness, while maintaining a deep and thrilling in-the-pocket groove. Jennifer's newest recording, Quiet Joy
is an exciting mix of originals, standards, and Brazilian songs. Drummer / Grammy
-nominated producer Bud Spangler calls the CD a joy from start to finish." Both Quiet Joy
and Jennifer's previous recording Jaywalkin'
(named finest debut of the year, big label or small" by Dan McClenaghan
of All About Jazz) are collaborations with San Diego-based guitarist Peter Sprague, Jennifer's co-arranger/co-producer and founder of SBE Records.
Jazz singer/songwriter Melissa Dinwiddie does more than just sing; she tells stories in song. Whether she's crooning jazz standards or modern original compositions ("Online Dating Blues" and He's Just Not That Into You" are audience favorites), she delights listeners with her velvety voice and engaging delivery. She's sexy and sassy, presenting modern jazz and blues with a sardonic twist.
Vocalist/lyricist/composer Cathi Walkup has been called the thinking person's jazz singer" for her choice of lyric driven songs, a natural comedian" for her wit and ease on-stage, and an important bop oriented singer, who is also an excellent lyricist" by jazz writer Scott Yanow in his new book The Jazz Singers, The Ultimate Guide"
Leanne Weatherly is the next major voice to watch out for- she's got clarity, passion, and fun arrangements that anyone would enjoy, all wrapped up in a very bright future," says Concord Music Group Artist Taylor Eigsti. As a result, Leanne has had the pleasure of singing with such jazz greats as Benny Green and has opened shows for legendary drummer, Louie Bellson. Bellson stated, She has a definite and appealing sound that will produce many fans for her."
The group was a featured in a recent San Jose Mercury News article
. The Ladies of Jazz Singer/Songwriter show in San Jose was a hit last July. The show completely sold out and it was standing room only. Following that success, the next show will be at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco.
Noe Valley Ministry 1021 Sanchez Street
Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA 94114
October 16th, 8:15 p.m.
Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Tickets available through:
Phoenix Books and Records, 3850 24th Street, SF (415) 821-3477
Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito (510) 525-2129 and online at: www.tickets.com
, 800-225-2277 For more info: Noe Valley Music Series
Visit Jennifer Lee
, Melissa Dinwiddie
, Cathi Walkup
, and Leanne Weatherly
on the web.