San Francisco’s own jazz singer, Mary Stallings will be on the KSM interview Sunday March 16. Mary was born here in the SF city, and now has been through a 60+ year singing career. Mary has been in America’s jazz history in the company of, among others, our Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billy Eckstein. Her discography runs 50+ years from the 1960′s through the early 2000′s. In Mary’s case, “hearing is believing,” so drift over the web, click on a few of her tracks, and sample the artistry of her singing.
Mary has just recently performed this spring at SF Jazz Center, New Jersey, Oregon, and southern CA. She has a planned European tour this summer. Tune in this Sunday morning, 3/16 to hear our singing lady Mary Stallings in interview with Alisa Clancy on “I’m Talking Jazz” at KCSM.
As a guest of San Jose Jazz I attended the Kim Nalley performance tonight. Kim performed with her trio Tammy Hall on piano, Michael Zisman on base and Ken Bryson on drums. Recently she sang with the Mads Tolling quartet and Mads appeared tonight as a special surprise guest. This set the tone for the night as there was a lot of interplay between the two musicians. Kim is one powerful singer. She ran through a set of standards like When the Saints Come Marching In, Dancing Cheek to Cheek, Teach Me Tonight, Someone to Watch Over Me, and more. It was great. Mads would take solos and on Dancing Cheek to Cheek they did a real nice call and response duet. She then turned off the amps and did a full acoustic version of Summertime with Tammy Hall on piano. It was great. She finished off with Chain Gang and All of Me. She sung her way out with All of Me. If Kim is in a club or concert near you check her out.
Coming to the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 7 pm Friday night 2/28, Theatre on San Pedro Square is our SF Bay Area’s singer Kim Nalley.
Kim has a fine singing voice, and the power to fill a respectable venue without even a mike ! Despite a variety of music influences throughout her life and occasional comment about R&B work, Kim will explain the great body of her work is jazz style singing. “…in general my repertoire of jazz standards and 20s – 40s blues standards predates the modern meaning of the word R&B.” Kim has had a solid career with major accomplishments in several areas. She is a really accomplished singer and has been awarded as one of the “Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area.
KCSM is proud to be a partner of the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest event in San Jose. Every year San Jose Jazz has a series of performances in downtown San Jose. Many of the performance takes place at the Theatre on San Pedro Square which is a fantastic small theater venue. The years performances focuses on emerging jazz talents. A special emphasis is placed on education with two afternoons of student band performances with discussions with the feature performers.
Cecile won the 2010 Thelonius Monk, appeared on NPR’s Toast of the Nation for 2014 and her album “Woman Child” was nominated for the Grammy Best Jazz Album 2014. Here career is taking off. Born in the US and residing in France she performs in the US and France. Just recently she did a tour of the Bay Area. Her repetoire consists of jazz standards and some rarely recorded songs. You really need to hear her. Listen to her do Body and Soul on her web site at http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/home
If you missed her on her recent visit keep an eye on her web site and catch her the next time she comes around. Lisen in on Sunday to hear her chat with Alisa Clancy.
“She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity,
range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace. Yeah.”
A towering figure for American Jazz, Ahmad Jamal of Pittsburg PA started playing piano at age 3, was recognized as a “coming great” at age 14, and was touring at 18. Ahmad is regarded by some as second only to Charlie Parker in the development of jazz. At 80-some years old he continues to perform.
Jamal was overlooked by many critics in early years. He was uniquely exercising discipline and use of space and time; rhythm, tempo and understatement, starting a style of “cool jazz” in the face of the then frenetic speeding music like bebop. The reach of Jamal’s style began spreading across the listening body, giving them an intellectual refuge in their artistic life, propelling Jamal through his 60-some year career.
Perhaps understandably, Jamal of the 2000′s isn’t exactly the Jamal of the 50′s. Reviewers going into the 2000′s remarked reasonably on his becoming more aggressive & improvisational. Key here for samples of Jamal early and late.
Join Chris Cortez Sunday morning 2/16 on KCSM, “I’m Talkin’ Jazz” for his feature on America’s great, Ahmad Jamal.
Oakland-borne David Murray is often named among today’s top 20 or 30 saxophone jazz players. Starting off at age 20 he headed from Pomona College in California to New York, which was a long-time base, and he is now in a 30-40 year world career. He currently lives in Portugal from where he launches his many European tours.
David’s playing is lively and bumpy. If he’s your style there’s plenty to listen to, as he has many releases and is constantly preforming. Click here (& page down) for music samples of his recent album Be My Monster Love, and click here for a lengthy selection of David with one of his groups Live in Berlin in 2007. The album will also show you one of his frequent vocal performers, Macy Gray.
Tune in Sunday morning, February 9 on “I’m Talking Jazz” with Alisa Clancy for a feature on our David Murray.