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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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