Everyone’s lives tend to get busier this time of year. Not only is there the rush of the holidays with their attendant purchases, preparations and persiflage but also full weeks in which kids are out of school demanding supervision and diversion. For many of us, the season brings travel plans to hatch and execute and perilous personal finances to juggle.
I’m out of breath just thinking about it.
So do yourself a favor before the madness descends and check out the live jazz at the Sound Room in Oakland. The venue is presenting an impressive lineup of regional talent in the coming weeks and it is, suffice to say, vitally important to support any and all efforts to grow the Northern California jazz audience. Here is some information on the Sound Room’s raison d’etre.
The Sound Room is the home of Bay Area Jazz & Arts, Inc (BAJA), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Proceeds from the door pay the band; proceeds from food and beverage sales keep the doors open and the lights on; volunteers produce and run the programs. It is a music and art program by and for people who love music, especially jazz. Donations are gladly accepted and tax deductible.
You can get your weekend off to an early start tonight and Friday at the Sound Room with vocalist Lisa Ferraro performing with sax giant Houston Person and the Tammy Hall Trio. Ferraro is marking the release of her “Serenading the Moon” CD, which features Person. I asked Ferraro in an interview last year how she came to collaborate with Person and Hall.
It was late December of 2011 when Houston Person and I actually met each other. He was in town for a string of shows with Tammy's trio and, while they were hanging out one night after a show, one of my recordings came on the iPod. He paused the conversation to say, "Now that's a refreshing voice.” Tammy introduced us one afternoon as Houston was coming down the front steps of his San Francisco hotel. He said, "Oh I know you, you're the singer, I'd like to work with you sometime," with his classic smile and blissful spirit.
Months later, Tammy and I were thinking about a tribute show and I suggested Dakota (Staton). She shared that Houston had produced many of her later recordings. So, I called him to see if we could make the idea of working together come to fruition with the tribute to Dakota. He was thrilled and we set the date at the Freight and Salvage.
Here’s the Sound Room’s upcoming schedule.
Tonight-Friday: Lisa Ferraro with Houston Person and Tammy Hall Trio
November 1: Jazzschool Combo
November 8: Erik Jekabson Quintet with Kenny Washington
November 9-10: Lisa Engelken Quintet
November 17: Larry Vukovich with Ilia Lushtak
November 19: Tuesday is Tight with Ed Harris
November 22: Suzanna Smith
November 23: Madeline Eastman
November 29: Bill Mentz and Kelly Park
December 1: Peter Smith Trio
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