Vocalist Denise PerrierÂ was born in Louisiana but moved with her family to the East Bay Area at the age of five, and has had a thirty-year career performing in the BayÂ Area and touring Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Along the way, she’s been dubbed “The Voice with a Heart” and Jazz Times magazine reviewer Harvey Siders — speaking of the record she recorded with sax legend Houston Person and Tammy Hall on piano — noted that “Ms Perrier boasts a gorgeous instrument; call it a burnished contralto. Â When she sustains a tone, it remains unswerving. Yet when she decides to go for a high note…she can leap an octave with ease and vocal strength. She swings freely, improvising intelligently and showing no need to rely on scat. Â And bless her, you can understand each syllable of the lyrics.”
Tammy Lynne Hall began playing the piano at age four, in Dallas, Texas. Â She was playing in churches throughout her adolescence and attended Mills College from 1979 to 1981, and her work has always carried the influence of gospel, classical and jazz music. Â Since the 1980s, she has received acclaim as a performer in the Bay Area and far beyond, having traveled and performed extensively in Japan, Europe and Mexico. Other venues of note include Kennedy Center (Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has worked with award-winning cabaret singer and actress, Connie Champagne, the Supreme Mary Wilson, chanteuse and actress Debbie DeCoudreaux, The Montclair Womenâ€™s Big Band, Houston Person, the late David â€˜Fathead Newmanâ€™, jazz violinist Jeremy Cohen, vocalists Kim Nalley, Pamela Rose, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Melba Moore, Rhonda Benin Darlene Love, Lady Memâ€™fis, Veronica Klause, Diane Witherspoon, Frankye Kelley, Lisa Ferraro, the late Etta Jones and, of course, the “Voice with a Heart” Denise Perrier — including Perrier’s records East Meets West and The Second Time Around.
Gary BrownÂ was already performing in jazz bands with his two brothers and his father, jazz trumpeter Wilbert Brown, by the age of 11. He went on to form his own bands and develop a talent and reputation as a skilled and versatile bassist. In the past 20 years Gary has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia ,South America and the Middle East where he has recorded and shared the stage with Flora Purim & Airto, Pharaoh Sanders Jeff Beal, Steve Winwood, Narada Michael Walden, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls , Ernie Watts, John Lucien, Torninho Horta , Eddie Henderson , Joyce, Alex Acuna, Dori Caymmi, George Duke, Roy Ayres ,Oscar Castro Neves , Lyle Mays, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mike Shrieve, Paul McCandles, Alphonse Mouzon, Andy Narrell, Pete and Sheila (Sheile E.) Escovedo, Jose Neto Quartet. As a member of Terra Sul he composed and co-produced on their CD “Kindness of Strangers” (Motown jazz label MOJazz). In addition to the co-writing and arranging Gary also shares a producer credit with drummer Celso Alberti for recording artist Zaza’s ambitious CD “Book of Kings”. Â Currently dividing his time perfoming with Flora Purim & Airto, Anamandara Trio and the Rebeca Mauleon Group, Gary continues to compose, perform and produce with various artists and is writing music for his first solo project.
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site