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  • Victoria Theodore (2012)

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    Victoria Theodore is the complete package: she's a pianist and keyboardist, a singer, a songwriter, and a teacher. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, she made her mark while still a teen with the UC Berkeley Young Musicians Program and the Oakland Youth Chorus.

    Victoria has degrees in both Classical Piano Performance and Computer Music from Oberlin College, and a master's in Classical Piano Performance from Stanford University. Soon after graduation from Stanford, she toured as a keyboardist with Oakland 357, produced by MC Hammer.

    After Oaktown 357’s national tour, Victoria spent several years in New York City running a multimedia company—and scarcely touching the piano from one week to the next—until she returned to the Bay Area in 2000.

    In mid-2007, Victoria was asked to audition as keyboardist for Stevie Wonder. She describes the other candidates as all having extensive R&B experience, while she was the only one with a strictly classical background. But her natural talent and early ear training won out, and she got the gig, later adding background vocals at his request.

    Since then, Victoria has traveled all over the world with Stevie (North America, Europe, North Africa, Australasia), and while we get rained on here in the Bay Area she's about to join the band for its year-end tour of Brazil.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Art Tatum The Best of the Solo Masterpieces Ain't Misbehavin' Pablo
    # 2 Hiromi Beyond Standard I Got Rhythm Telarc
    # 3 Ella Fitzgerald The Harold Arlen Songbook, Vol. 1 Ac-Ecent-Chu-Ate the Positive Verve
    # 4 Ellis Marsalis Wynton Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 3 Too Late Now Columbia
    # 5 Stevie Wonder At the Close of a Century Isn't She Lovely? Motown
    # 6 Robert Glasper Canvas Jelly's da Beener Blue Note
    # 7 Keith Jarrett Tribute Smoke Gets in Your Eyes ECM
    # 8 Kurt Elling Live in Chicago Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Blue Note
    # 9 Lizz Wright Salt Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly Verve
    # 10 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life As Motown
    Book Poetry (perhaps a compilation of Emily Dickinson)
    Luxury Item A 7' Fazioli grand piano
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Matt Eakle
    15 Dec
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun