Ready for Big Leagues…singer Nina Causey has stellar potential, she has been singing and playing the piano since the age of four she earned her bachelor and masters degrees in music from, respectively, Roosevelt University in Chicago and The University of Illinois in Urbana, IL and also studied classical piano for twelve years at The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. “Gordon Raddue”
Nina is truly an extraordinary performer. Her rich performing experience has included being the opening act for many of the entertainment giants of the world, including The Temptations and The Drifters.
Recent Performances: Broadway Grill Cotton Club appearance as
Lena Horne, Burlingame, CA
Featured as a jazz/blues vocalist in concert with her three piece combo @ Angelica’s Bell Theater, Redwood City, CA
United States Venues: Top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, CA Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA Four Season’s Clift Hotel, San Francisco, CA Angelica’s Bell Theater, Redwood City, CA
Broadway Grill, Burlingame, CA
Kimball’s East, Emeryville, CA
Caesar’s Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Harrah’s Hotel, Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada
Juneteenth Blues Festival, Vallejo, CA
The Grapevine Supper Club, Chicago, IL
International House, Denver, Colorado
International Venues: Roi Hotel, Tokyo, Japan Playboy Club, Tokyo, Japan
Paradise Hotel, Bahamas
Musical Operas in starring roles: “Carmen Jones”, Berkeley, CA, “Lady Sings the Blues”, Berkeley, CA, “Billie’s Song”, San Francisco, CA, “Apple Tree” Bonfils Theater, Denver, CO, “Italian Straw Hat” Bonfils Theater, Denver, CO, and “Follies”, Bonfils Theater, Denver, CO
Television appearances: KBTH “Beverly Martinez Show”, Denver, KTZO “George Picard Show”, San Francisco, KTZO, “Telethon”
Nina has studied dance in the following styles: ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, street funk, hip hop, belly, salsa, and zumba. As a native of Chicago, naturally, she excels in “Chicago steppin’.
Currently based in San Francisco, Andrea Claburn was born in Baltimore to a classical pianist mother and jazz aficionado father; she was raised in the Western art music tradition studying both piano and violin. As a conservatory-trained jazz musician, Andrea has the musical depth of an instrumentalist, which she applies to vocal jazz improvisation with bold creativity. As a composer and lyricist, she breathes life into new songs as well as old, writing everything from abstract pieces and multi-part suites to contemporary jazz “standards,” and lyricizing everything from early Ellington tunes to Monk to McCoy Tyner. A powerful stage presence, Andrea Claburn is a complete entertainer who brings the music to life with wit, style, and a distinctive individual musical vocabulary.
Andrea has performed at prominent venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Yoshi’s, the Freight & Salvage, and the California Jazz Conservatory. A charismatic performer with strong improvisational chops, Andrea is a “musician’s singer” who can bring harmonically sophisticated material down to earth with energy, wit and a powerful sense of swing. She has worked with many of Northern California’s most sought-after players, including Matt Clark, John Wiitala, Alan Hall, Sam Bevan, Michael Coleman, and Kasey Knudsen.
Raised and educated largely in Northern California, Andrea holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) from the California Jazz Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been mentored by some of the finest jazz artists on the West Coast: vocal performance and technique with Laurie Antonioli and Sandy Cressman; piano with Susan Muscarella; composition with Mike Zilber; history with Dr. Anthony Brown; and jazz theory with Mark Levine and John Gove. In the fall of 2015, Andrea became a faculty member in the vocal department at her alma mater, the California Jazz Conservatory ; she also teaches vocal technique and performance at the CJC’s Jazzschool Community Music School, and gives private instruction at her home studio in San Francisco. Andrea is an ASCAP-affiliated artist whose compositions are published by her own Arisimo Music.
In October, 2010 – the fall of her second year at the California Jazz Conservatory – Andrea was awarded the Conservatory’s highest vocal honor, the Mark Murphy Vocal Scholarship, an award given annually to a singer who “demonstrates exceptional creativity and artistic promise.”
“Smart, sexy, and sophisticated, Andrea has a wide range of emotion – hip, mellifluous, and always in the moment – as well as a uniquely controlled vibrato to rival any horn player.” — Jason Martineau
“Andrea Claburn has it all: a great voice and rhythmic sense, musical chops, warmth, intellect and wit.” — Suzanne Pittson
“Brains and beauty, a luscious voice, a terrific sense of humor, and unerring music taste – Andrea reminds me of the classic jazz singers.” — Maye Cavallaro
Singer/songwriter Anna Maria Flechero released her first CD, Journey Into The Fourteenth Hour, boldly redefining music in her terms infusing bossa nova, Latin, R&B and gospel rhythms into the jazz equation. Described by Jazz Review as an “articulate and serious expression of vocal jazz at its finest,” Anna Maria received the Jazz Group of the Year award from the Bay Area Blues Society in 2007 for Journey Into The Fourteenth Hour. “I am very proud to have received that award because I am not a straight-ahead jazz vocalist,” Anna Maria recollects.
Performing in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for a number of years, it is evident Anna Maria writes ballads that focus on the human condition. Her first CD, Journey Into The Fourteenth Hour,” features a R&B flavored song titled, “Trouble On My Mind,” which is her take on the immorality of war and its impact on our society. “I Believe’s” inspirational lyrics to achieve in life and the universal cry of “I Betcha Never Thought” (renamed “My Dream Is Your Dream”) undeniably focuses on the very essence of humanity. “Trust In Me” recalls what true love is all about and “Quiet Time” remembers the moments of being together with the one you love. Journey Into The Fourteenth Hour makes a powerful statement about life and love.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Afro-Filipina Anna Maria Flechero grew up in an unforgiving urban environment, a harsh reality for a bi-racial child. To escape, Anna Maria would take money from her father‟s barbershop cash register to travel cross-town to a local music store, which rented piano time teaching herself to play the piano by ear.
At 17, she wrote lyrics, composed music and accompanied her brothers‟ bands in various music competitions. In her early 20‟s Anna Maria co-founded Blessed Soul, a 13-piece Latin jazz band with a long-time friend that performed at concerts on the same bill with such heavyweights as Santana, Pete Escovedo, Malo, and Graham Central Station. Eventually, Anna Maria ventured out on her own and landed a four-month gig in Fukuoka, Japan after being described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “modern day blues singer. In Fukuoka, Anna Maria performed at an internationally known club named Blackberrys. While there, Anna Maria sat in and sang one night with jazz greats Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins and Tony Dumas.
In 2008, Anna Maria released her second CD, Within The Fourteenth Hour, featuring jazz luminary Cedar Walton. Within The Fourteenth Hour is a 10-track CD of well-known jazz and pop standards improvised plus one original, “Pretty Soon.” Jazz Police wrote, “Anna Maria’s incomparable voice creates a voyage from start to finish, each song having its own specialty and flavor to truly create a diverse passage from track to track, but it is in the final cut, „Pretty Soon,‟ where we get a full view of Anna’s abilities as a lyricist and composer….Musically, Anna Maria has created a beautiful composition that is texturally stunning and harmonically rich.” Music reviewer Paul Freeman of the Palo Alto Daily News seems to agree: “San Francisco jazz singer Anna Maria Flechero delivers an outstanding set. The soul and sophistication of her voice brings new meaning to such standards as „Misty‟ and „I Wish You Love.‟ Richly realized arrangements and production enhance her performances. The bonus track, „Pretty Soon,‟ is a Flechero original that holds its own in the company of classic tunes.”
Listeners can find Anna Maria’s music in rotation on the radio and internet from coast to coast. Internationally, you can hear Anna Maria “down under” in Australia as well as in Japan, Poland, Korea, Denmark and Luxembourg to name a few. In 2009, Anna Maria signed with Arizona University Recordings affiliated with EMI, Sony BMG and others to distribute select songs internationally on several different jazz compilations including “In Love With Jazz Vol. 3” and “The Best Smooth Jazz…Ever! Vol. 4” released by EMI Music Poland. “I am deeply honored to have my work included on the same CD with the music of Nina Simone, Lizz Wright, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Horace Silver and others. These are absolutely incredible artists,” says Anna Maria.
When asked about the meaning of the “fourteenth hour,” Anna Maria smiles and graciously states “it is the dimension, the hour, wherein I fulfill my dreams. Moving forward, Anna Maria continues to perform at jazz venues and festivals. Additionally, she is a member of the San Francisco Filipino-American Jazz Festival.
Special Edition-Journey Into The Fourteenth Hour (radio edits) – 2010
Within The Fourteenth Hour – 2008 (select songs feature Cedar Walton,
Lewis Nash & David Williams)
Journey Into The Fourteenth Hour – 2004
The Best Smooth Jazz…Ever Vol. 4 – 2009 EMI Music Poland
In Love With Jazz, Vol. 3 – 2009 QL Music
Like Love Jazz – 2010 Musicmine Records (South Korea release only)
Black Cool Couture Ball (jazz festival, multiple venues)
Fillmore District’s First Cool Black Ball (jazz festival, multiple venues)
24th Annual Pacific Coast Fog Festival
San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
Evening at Chiala Estate, Morgan Hill, CA (hospital fundraiser)
Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Oakland, CA
Orinda House Jazz Club & Restaurant, Orinda, CA
Savanna Jazz Club, San Francisco, CA
Shanghai 1930 Blue Bar Lounge, San Francisco, CA
Within The Fourteenth Hour – Local & International – See attached Radio Airplay. (#1 CMJ Jazz CD of the Week, second week in rotation.)
2007 Jazz Group of the Year by the Bay Area Blues Society
2004 Billboard Honorable Mention (Songwriting)
2003 Billboard Honorable Mention (Songwriting)
Based in the Oakland-San Francisco bay area, ” The Best Intentions “, a performing and recording group, is comprised of five talented vocalists, a Music Director, and a 8 piece band. Their unique harmonic, soulful tones and their smooth choreography, have come to be recognized as the signature of the group. Presenting the Original Motown Classics, Old School, and R&B sound from the 60’s. 70’s, 80’son up, has come to make them a household name among the baby boomers, as well as the new generation. The 100 years of combined experience within the group, brings a breath of fresh air to the listening audience that they perform to regularly all over the Western United States and Canada. As recording artist. they often include one of their original songs in their shows, pulling from their soon to be released C.D. entitled, ” NEVER TO LATE ” . Keeping the musical legacy alive of groups like the Temptations, Spinners, O’Jays, the Dells, etc. while creating their own sound of today, has them recognized and celebrated, as one of the Premier Vocal groups, in the Western United States and Canada. They are a must see.
“Talk about a “Show”! Californian’s love “The Best Intentions- Motown Mania!” They are an unforgettable experience of the great Motown acts of the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. With their show band, their Motown Mania Tribute will have you on your feet, dancing to fabulous oldies!!!” Their unique style captures the true sense of what they are presenting, summed up in the following phrase: “Master Mentor Presentation. So if you want style, class and like the glamour of the Motown acts of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, the Best Intentions have become most popular in major nightclubs around the world. Like virtually all of the Motown’s top acts, The Best Intentions have sought out longevity and stability of a career built upon these principals and is captured in their live appearances. Everywhere they go, the crowds are bigger, the ticket sales are sizzling and the outpouring of affection for this “Pure Motown Revue” just gets greater and greater!” — Fox News
From Creole, jazz, funk, gospel, R&B and Zydeco, to the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians, CHELLE’S JUKE JOINT a cappella quintet, will take you on a raucous ride through this spicy, sweet and definitely intoxicating stewpot of musical “gumbo”.
New Orleans native and Oakland’s own “Queen of New Orleans music”, MICHELLE JACQUES along with distinguished vocalists, RHONDA CRANE, JAY LAMONT, TAMMI BROWN and BRYAN DYER, perform music that is vibrant and alive which will take you from Saturday night at the juke joint to worship on Sunday morning, Big Easy style!
“Juke Joint’s music is full of energy and at the same time presented with surprising airiness that is close to none. The mélange is absolutely charming. In other words: a cappella music at its best!”
– Romy Schmidt, Vokal Total-Festival; Munich, Germany
Jazz vocalist Lisa Lindsley Ignites the City of Lights with her second album “Long After Midnight”, a gorgeous and playful program of familiar and overlooked standards recorded in Paris
Jazz vocalist Lisa Lindsley says that moving to Paris for a year was an idea proposed by her daughter, an aspiring high school contortionist who wanted to hone her French while studying at the Fratellini Circus School. Much to her daughter’s surprise, Lindsley put the plan in motion, and turned the adventure into the next step in her remarkable musical evolution. While her daughter decided return to the states after six months to tour with a circus in Vermont, Lindsley settled into the 19tharrondissement and quickly developed a network of regular gigs with skilled accompanists.
She documents these relationships on her second album, Long After Midnight, a gorgeous collection of sultry songs on her Take One Music label that’s available in Europe (and digitally) May 13, and in the USA June 10, 2016. “When we set out for Paris I had no gigs in mind,” says Lindsley, a longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. “I just went to all the open mics and I’d ask to sit in. The musicians were always really impressed I was an American singing the American Songbook. Afterwards I’d talk to the owner and that’s how I started getting gigs. Before long I found musicians I really enjoyed working with.”
Lindsley is no slouch at making a powerful first impression. A late blooming artist who came to jazz singing in mid-life, she earned national attention with her stellar 2010 debut release Everytime We Say Goodbye, an intimate session featuring bassist Fred Randolph and superlative accompanist George Mesterhazy (pianist for Shirley Horn and Paula West). She’s been working steadily around the Bay Area over the past decade, but when she and her daughter relocated to Paris in the fall of 2013 Lindsley put everything on hold, including her prolific career as a voice-over artist of considerable celebrity. As the voice of Princess Leia in LeapFrog’s Star Wars game and the characters Soraka and Kayle in Riot Games’ hugely popular online game League of Legends “I get fan mail and fans cry when they meet me,” Lindsley says.
Far more than a souvenir of her year-long adventure, Long After Midnight is a fully realized statement from an artist with a discerning ear for overlooked material and a sure sense of songs ideally suited for her pleasingly smoky soprano. Working with a stellar coterie of Parisian players, she delivers an irresistible program featuring pianist Laurent Marode, drummer Mourad Benhammou, Esaie Cid on flute, clarinet and tenor saxophone, and Bay Area bass master Jeff Chambers (the Paris session’s only ringer). “Jeff used to play in Paris a lot. As soon as he walked into the studio Mourad Benhammou said ‘I saw you play with Bobby Hutcherson 20 years ago.’ We went in and laid down 15 songs in the first day. It was the Mesterhazy thing all over again,” says Lindsley, referring to the copacetic studio chemistry that pervaded her debut album. Opening with the title track, Lindsley doesn’t waste any time sharing the music she gathered on her sojourn. With its echoes of Thelonious Monk’s iconic ballad “Round Midnight,” James Wilson and Tricia Lee Sampson’s lovely “Long After Midnight” offers an alluring invitation to a seductive nighttime world that pulses with the heartbeat of Chambers’ imposing bass. She introduces another gem by Wilson, a California-raised jazz guitarist who teaches music at the American School of Paris, with “Skylark Song,” a delightfully fluttery melody on which her poignant vocals swoop and glide with Cid’s lustrous flute.
With her relaxed phrasing and unfussy approach to arrangements, Lindsley fully claims several oft-recorded songs as her own. Her concise, amused version of “Star Eyes” finds more light than heat in the Gene de Paul/Don Raye standard. She mines the deep vein of Irving Berlin’s treasure trove with an appropriately Caribbean-inflected “Heat Wave” and a tear-jerk torchsong take on “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me,” a rarely heard gem associated with Rosemary Clooney from the 1954 film White Christmas. The album’s emotional centerpiece is another undersung chestnut, “The House Is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye),” an ache-filled lament she delivers with just the right blend of resignation and regret. A pinch of funk dials up the sass of “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend,” while Lindsley’s insouciant spirit is on full display on her slinky on-the-spot version of the 1966 Donovan hit “Mellow Yellow.” The album closes with sleek and sensuous trot through “Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” a song tackled more often by instrumentalists than singers. As a winning bonus track, she delivers a brief impromptu medley of “When Your Smiling” and “Pennies From Heaven” featuring Benhammou’s dexterous brush work.
As the dawn approaches and the evening’s revelry comes to an end, Lindsley hasn’t started to wear out her welcome. Womanly and girlish, romantic and carnal, spirited and introverted, Lindsley comfortably inhabits a full range of roles and sensibilities. She’s a jazz singer who knows that the music is at its best when it flows from lived experience. While she’s a relative latecomer to the bandstand, she’s been around the music her entire life. She grew up listening to jazz greats like Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan because her father kept jazz and classical music playing on the stereo. Her mother, a film actress who had to leave Hollywood in the 1950s because of the McCarthy-era blacklist, imbued in her a love of theater.
While as a young teen Lindsley gravitated to the rock and pop music of the day, she discovered musical theater in high school, a passion that carried through to college. After graduating from the prestigious California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) theater program, she spent a decade touring and performing with The Imagination Company. Raising two daughters put her performing ambitions on hold for years, but she developed a successful career as a voice over artist, cast in national ad campaigns, radio shows and video games.
Just like her daughter led her to Paris, Lindsley found her way back to music when her daughters got involved in musical theater. Her work as Vicky in a production of “The Full Monty” caught the attention of the bartender at a jazzspot in the East Bay artist colony of Pt. Richmond, and he invited her to sit in at a jam session. The experience was an epiphany, and realizing the jazz was an ideal creative outlet Lindsley delved into the Bay Area’s rich pool of jazz education. She honed her skills with Roger Letson at Contra Costa College, and studied with Maye Cavallero, Laurie Antonioli and Pamela Rose at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. Veteran Bay Area pianist/drummer Kelly Park provided essential on the job training. “He taught me a whole bunch about music, basic theory and rhythm, and what musicians think of singers who don’t know their stuff,” Lindsley says.
In turning herself into the consummate professional, Lindsley has also turned into a powerfully expressive artist whose debut album announced the emergence of a formidable creative force. With Long After Midnight, Lindsley makes a major leap as a vocalist fully in charge of her sound and repertoire. It’s an album for blissful late-night listening that leaves you wondering what the next day has to offer.
“The mood is intimate as her duo accompaniment…help her keep it quiet and subtle. an album full of love songs, “The Nearness of You” sets the pace with a lazy cadence and rhythm; Lindsley’s simple delivery is delicate and unaffected.“ – John Ephland- Downbeat
“She sings….simply, presenting the melodies in a relaxed and listener-friendly way. Her exquisitely balanced voice is what gives Lindsley license for such straight and compelling interpretation, interpretation that would be banal and boring in less talented voices.” – C. Michael Baily
“Lindsley’s charming and expressive voice catches your ear because of her natural sense of phrasing, timing and expression. On this trio project, she was fortunate to call on pianist George Mesterhazy, who is a premier accompanist for singers (Shirley Horn, Paula West, Rebecca Parris, Karrin Allyson, among others), and rock-solid bassist Fred Randolph. She makes each standard her own.” – Ken Franckling, All About Jazz
Maria Morlino comes from a humble family in Oakland, CA. She is the eldest of daughter of three and is a classically trained vocalist. Maria’s parents supported her in the field of music though economically disadvantaged. As a little girl, she enjoyed music and started playing instruments. At a later date, she joined a band called, “La Estudiantina de Oakland.” Around the same time, Maria also started taking piano lessons. In school she always sought to be involved in doing something musical. While in school she had the privilege of going to play and sing to the elderly and the infirm. Her mother realized she had the talent for singing at a young age. Her mother had been vocally trained in Mexico. Maria and her mother would often get together and sing. It became a custom in her family to get together on Friday and Saturday evenings and sing while Maria played either the guitar or organ. In school she had the opportunity to sing and play the church organ. Later she became a part of the Better World Entertainment chorus until it disbanded. More recently, she has released a CD entitled, “Secret Love.” She has had the opportunity to perform at Yoshis in San Francisco, CA with Ricardo Scales, CA and also performed for the new major Ed Lee with Ricardo Scales at the Sheraton in San Francisco, CA. She also performs at the Top of the Mark on Wednesday Evenings with Ricardo Scales.
> Early life
Maria Morlino was born in Oakland, CA to immigrants from Caurio, Michuacan Mexico. Maria’s mother was a trained singer. She also played the piano and composed songs. Maria’s father loved music, he loved to sing and play the harmonica. This love of music is what inspired Maria to go into the music business.
Early on in her childhood at school, school mates would praise Maria for her ability to reach high notes. In school, her first instrument was the flute, then she progressed to playing the violin. As time when on, she wanted to learn to play other instruments and sing. She and her friends found a place to learn to play the guitar and subsequently formed a band called the “Estudiantina de Oakland” directed by Juan Silva. The more she became involved with music the more she wanted to learn. After she joined the band she became interested in playing the piano and would be at her parents bed waking them up and asking them when they were going to buy her a piano. She started off playing piano but ended up liking the organ better because of the many sounds that the organ could make. When that band disbanded she still actively pursued music by going to the library to continue learning and would check out different sheet music.
The family as a whole loved music. It became a custom in her family to get together on Friday and Saturday evenings and sing while she played either the guitar or organ. The artists that helped form her musical foundation were: Lucha Villa, Amalia Mendoza, Manuela Torres, Rocio Durcal, Vicente Fernandez, Javier Solis, Libertad LaMarque, las Hermanas Huerta, Flor Silvestre, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Antonio Aguilar and others. Maria and her mother would often do duets at home. Maria loved singing and would often picture herself singing to huge audiences including her class mates at the time. As she was still in school she would volunteer for anything musical that she could do.
As time progressed, she always sought an opportunity to continue doing something musical in her life and continued pursuing avenues that would lead her destiny. Hence, she would perform for family and friends at home. This was the impetus that Maria needed to honor her father’s deathbed request for her to continue her musical endeavors.
Maria Morlino sings from her heart, being told that she is a Torch Singer, she tackles emotions such as anger and fear, along with the more sought after feelings of joy, hope, and love. Maria joined a chorus called, Better World Entertainment. When the group disbanded she started taking vocal lessons with Kathy Saffas, Lucia Scardigno, Sean Martinfield, the San Francisco critic and more recently with Ricardo Scales.
More recently she has opened for Bay Area Legend as well as Grammy and People’s Choice Nominee Ricardo Scales at Yoshi’s San Francisco and performed countless times at Internationally famous Jazz & Blues Club “ Top of the Mark”. Maria has also has sung for the Mayor of San Francisco during his inauguration ceremony. It was with Ricardo that she has been working with for the past year and has produced her first CD entitled Secret Love.
As she developed her vocal ability, though she thought she could only sing certain songs and discovered that she had a greater vocal ability and started singing jazz, r&b and soul, which she loved. Her influences in this style of music were jazz pioneers such as Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and others. The greatest contribution to her musicality were the works and pieces of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Count Basie, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
BOCA MUNDIAL live world jazz band – salsa bolero samba funk originals in 5 languages
BOCA MUNDIAL, the San Francisco Bay Area’s live world jazz band
Add a touch of the “flamboyantly multilingual” BocaMundial Seattle starring Alexa Weber Morales (San Jose Mercury News) to your next event with BOCA MUNDIAL starring Grammy-winning multilingual vocalist Alexa Morales!
Every BOCA MUNDIAL live band show mixes a delicious variety of international musical flavors and extras for a memorable experience.
TUNES: originals, standards, pop/funk/R&B hits LANGUAGES: impeccable French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian or …your request? GROOVES: energetic salsa, funk, cha cha and samba to lush ballads BAND: 5-piece (lead singer, drummer, pianist, bassist, percussionist or horn player)
2-piece to 9-piece also available, depending on venue EVENTS: concerts, parties, corporate events, conferences, weddings, restaurants, grand openings, exhibitions, festivals, fairs
“Stellar” — MIX Magazine
“Soaring, sensual vocals” — SFJAZZ
“Unknown no more” — New York Times
“Her large-scale skill and talent encourages her all-inclusive dreams… Gorgeous articulation, flowing time sense and warm tone.” — Ken Micallef, Downbeat
“Her passion for exploration suffuses her music, and whether interpreting tunes in French, Spanish, Portuguese or English, Weber Morales communicates a song’s emotional essence with an ardent, throaty alto that soars effortlessly into a crystalline soprano register.”
— Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News
“I find her command of Latin idioms completely convincing, entrancing even.”
— Tom Hull, contributor to The Village Voice
“Beautiful and bewitching.”
— Arnaldo DeSouteiro, producer of such stars as João Gilberto, Luiz Bonfá, Yana Purim and João Donato
“With a voice sweet, pure and strong, Alexa Weber Morales is poised to ride the Bay Area Latin jazz scene to national recognition.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“Morales is a mix of jazzy sweetness … and Latin brightness.”
— Mary Kunz Goldman, The Buffalo News
“Very much the kind of singer you want to hear more of, more often, Morales is on the money throughout with a jazz/world date that open-eared adults will pass the word on quite easily.”
— Midwest Records
Kat Parra quit her job as a graphic designer at Cisco Systems, Inc. to pursue her passion for music and she’s never looked back. Since then the award-winning composer has released five critically acclaimed CDs, been invited to perform in Amsterdam, Brazil and Mexico as well as top-tier venues throughout the United States, earned the designation “Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2010 and 2008” by Latin Jazz Corner, and received a 2008 nomination for “Latin Jazz Album of the Year” from the Jazz Journalists Association.
“After having successfully raised two children as a single parent, I felt it was time to finally pursue my dream of being a full-time musician,” says Parra. “I came to realize I didn’t want to die wondering ‘what if…? Music has always been an integral part of my identity, but after receiving my Bachelor of Music degree I knew that as a single parent my financial circumstances would not allow me to focus all my attention on a full-time music career. As I raised my children I performed with various bands of many different genres, which allowed me to hone my vocal skills as well as my stage presence. It was an audition for Cirque Du Soleil in 2005 that made me realize the possibility of my dream. Once my youngest son was finished with college I was able to take the leap of faith and dive head first into this new adventure. Nov. 3, 2006 was my last day in corporate America and I’ve never been happier!”
In addition to singing fluently in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Parra has the rare ability to sing in the dying language of Ladino, or Judeo-Espanyol, which enables her to interpret Sephardic music (Music of the Spanish Jews) faithfully. “This is the language of the Spanish Jews, an antiquated form of Castilian that also includes words from Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish and many other languages. It is an amalgamation of the Sephardic Diaspora, and it is my small way of helping to preserve this language. It is still spoken, but in very few places and mainly by the older generations in Turkey, Israel and in homes across the globe.”
On her newest CD, SONGBOOK OF THE AMÉRICAS, Parra pays tribute to women composers from both North, Central and South America as well as original music and lyrics penned by Parra. Parra’s voice is fluid and flexible as she imbues each of the songs on the CD with her own personality and style. This is a richly textured musical journey that reflects Parra’s adventurous spirit. Drawing on a wide range of cultural influences, she creates music that is both familiar yet strikingly original.
Accompanying Parra are some of the finest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, including her long-time collaborators, Grammy-nominated trombonist Wayne Wallace and pianist Murray Low, both stalwarts of the Latin jazz scene. She is also joined by special guests that include María Márquez, a popular singer from Venezuela, Nate Pruitt, a SF Bay Area living legend, and Tuck &Patti, who join Parra on her original tune “Dare to Dream.” Parra studied voice with Patti at San José State University and considers the singer to be her musical and spiritual mentor.
Parra’s core ensemble consists of Murray Low (piano, music director); Masaru Koga (woodwinds, percussion) Aaron Germain (acoustic bass), and Dan Foltz (drums). This project also includes special guests Michael Spiro (percussion), Raúl Ramírez (cajón), Colin Douglas (drums), Marc van Wageningen (electric bass), Wayne Wallace (trombone), John Worley, Jr. (trumpet), Seth Asarnow (bandoneón), Sascha Jacobsen (acoustic bass), and Lila Sklar (violin).
Parra has leapt beyond the boundaries of the typical Latin jazz singer. With her thirst for the exploration of myriad world rhythms and tonalities, she has developed a style of music that encompasses sounds that transcend and bend the stereotypical definition of Latin jazz. She has incorporated not only Afro-Cuban music, but also Afro-Peruvian, Middle Eastern, South American folklore, and Nueva Trova. With this multi-lingual and multi-musical approach, Parra is able to captivate her audiences with exciting and vibrant World and Latin music.
“… a moveable feast of Latin Music styles… [Her vocals are] beautifully shaped; her grasp of [the] archaic Judeo-Spanish style is remarkable.” — Philip Van Vleck, Billboard Review
“… an exceptional world-music ambassador…” — Chris Loudon, JazzTimes
“Parra isn’t content with tried and true formulas. Since the release of her impressive 2006 debut she’s been creating an ambitious, often unexpected, repertoire.
Parra possesses a voice with personality and soul.” — Andrew Gilbert, NPR’s “California Report” All Music
Singer/songwriter Scheherazade Stone was born to an African American father and English/Irish mother in the music mecca of Detroit, Michigan and raised in the creative, politically progressive culture of San Francisco, California where her roots are still firmly planted today.
Cultivated by her mother who is a classically trained musician as well, Scheherazade has always had a deep and powerful connection to music.
She began her formal vocal training at the age of 11, continuing studies at The School Of The Arts, which led to her receiving a degree in Vocal Performance at the University, thereby completing her music education with master vocal coach Judy Davis.
Studying and performing dance along with theater for many years with both the All City Dance Co. and Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo have also played significant parts in creating a dynamic performance level which is felt throughout her live shows and recordings – all preludes to seal a life-long career in music.
Scheherazade has embraced a multitude of musical genres from Jazz, Soul, Rock, Hip Hop, Folk, Blues, Pop and World, to leading numerous bands throughout the years both locally as well as abroad. Her soulful vocal stylings have been showcased internationally with concerts and tours in Europe, Africa, Japan and Russia, performing at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Tunisia World Music Festival, and the SF Jazz Center, as well as being a featured artist throughout Japan and Russia.
Earning a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Single, “The World Is Gifted” for her work with the Hieroglyphics Ensemble, along with being nominated for Best Bay Area Jazz Vocalist, Best Bay Area Jazz Group (Hueman Flavor), and Best Bay Area Jazz Album (The Up&Down Jazz Sessions) by the esteemed Bammy Awards Association are just a few high points of recognition received for her work.
Scheherazade has performed with such notable artists as Don Cherry, Doug Carn, David Murray, The Grateful Dead, Brian McKnight, Sam Shepard, members of The Digital Underground, Taj Mahal, Ghasem Batamuntu, Calvin Keys, Eddie Gale, Kai Eckhardt, Laundon Von Kendricks, Santero, Brian Gore, Jai Uttal, Flynn Jemerson and Beck, not to mention her own stellar band in their own right – Troy Lampkin (bass/Narada Michael Walden), Deszon Claiborne (drums/Chuck Brown), Dave MacNab (guitar/Shelby Lynn) and Dan Eisenberg (piano/Tift Merritt).
Currently working on her latest release, Scheherazade is excited to share an intimate glimpse into heart-felt, real-life stories of love, loss, joy, struggle and hope as well as some poignant and keen observations on culture and society – All through the art of meticulously crafted songs expressed in powerful songwriting and lush band and vocal performances.
And through the music, she looks forward to sharing this newly unveiled passion and soul with her audiences and fans in a way that she hopes moves and inspires them like never before, touching the world with healing, deep inner spirituality and a profound desire to transcend division, violence and pain.
*Grammy Nomination For Best Band Jazz Single, “The World Is Gifted”,
w/The Hieroglyphics Ensemble
Bay Area Music Award Nominations For:
Best Vocalist – Scheherazade Stone
Best Club Band – Hueman Flavor
Best Jazz CD – “Up&Down Sessions II”
OPENING ACT FOR
The Grateful Dead @ The Cal Expo
Beck @ The Regency
Brian McKnight @ The DNA Lounge
Spearhead @ The Fillmore
The Tony Rich Project @ The Fillmore
Lenny Williams @ The Great American Music Hall
“Beyond The Stars” Music Video/Indie
“The SF Modern Music Scene” BET Productions
“VH-1 Fashion TV” VH-1/MTV Productions
“Santa Barbara” NBC
“Warm Sherry” Music Video/Indie
“First Cut” KRON-TV, SF
“Hueman Flavor – Live” Guava Jelly Productions
“Shooz Off” Music Video/Indie
“Rocker Van Beethoven” Music Video/Indie
“One of the hidden gems of SFJazz is its Hotplate series, featuring Bay Area singers reinterpreting the works of musical legends where the sublimely talented young singer, Scheherazade Stone, covers the songs of the late Gil Scott-Heron.” – MercuryNews.com
“Dynamic singer Scheherazade Stone surveys the music of proto-rapper Gil Scott-Heron as part of SFJAZZ’s Hotplate series.” – SFExaminer.com
“Local songstress Scheherazade Stone breaths new life into the words of Gil Scott-Heron with a standout Hotplate tribute that’s sure to be the talk of the town!” – SFjazz.org
“The album’s only vocal track, “Detour,” is pure beat poetry, as Scheherazade Stone’s cool vocalese follows the laid-back, blue-funk trail laid by the band, warbling affecting lyrics like, “It’s how we learn to face mountains/That we find depth in direction/Following detours.” – JazzTimes.com