Miss Faye Carol is to be recognized next month as a Bay Area Jazz Hero. Here’s the lowdown.
The public is invited to join the Bay Area chapter of the Jazz Journalists Association in presenting vocalist and educator Faye Carol with its annual Jazz Hero Award. The event is set for 1 p.m. April 12 at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Musical guests are to be announced.
Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have made a significant impact in their local communities. The honor is presented as part of the celebration of April as Jazz Month and April 30 as International Jazz Day, hosted this year by Osaka, Japan. Past Bay Area Jazz Heroes include SFJAZZ’s Randall Kline, flutist, arranger and educator Dr. John Calloway, vocalist Ed Reed, trumpeter and educator Khalil Shaheed, and DJ Sonny Buxton.
One of the most versatile vocalists in jazz, the blues-steeped Carol can croon soul and standards, scat hurtling bebop lines and deliver torch songs with scorching intensity. Over the years she’s devoted much of her energy to raising up young musicians in the jazz traditions.
The Bay Area scene is rife with players who got their start under her firm but loving direction, from saxophonist/drummer Howard Wiley and saxophonist Joshi Marshall to bassist Marcus Shelby and pianist Benny Green, who says “I can’t begin to fathom how much I got from Faye in terms of a foundation as a jazz performer. We played standards and talked about the blues from an insider’s perspective.”
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