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$20 cover charge.Â $10 for students / musicians / low income.
“GOD, CAN THIS WOMAN SING! It’s as if a vocalist from the great post-war blues and jazz combos had been transported to the end of the century.” Blues Access Magazine
“Kim Nalley has pipes to burn and works the stage likeÂ she means it.” San Francisco Chronicle
“If Dinah Washington had lived in the soul era, she’d sound like Kim Nalley” New York Press Magazine
Kim Nalley exudes the aura of a diva from a by-gone era, and packs a 3-1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, with projection that can whisper a ballad and fill a room without a mic. She rivets audiences with blistering scat solos that swing with intensity like no other. She possessesÂ an unforced instrument with unmatched clarity, jazzy musicality and effortless delivery,Â and sports a sensational sense of humor to boot.
Awarded “Most Influential African American in the Bay Area” in 2005 and “Best Jazz Group” in 2013, vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called “legendary” and “San Francisco institution.” Her 2006 recording,Â “She Put a Spell On Me: Kim Nalley Sings Nina Simone,”Â was short-listed for a Grammy. With an international reputation as one of world’s best jazz & blues vocalists who hasÂ graced concert halls from Moscow to Lincoln Center, she was shortlisted by Downbeat critics in 2017 as a “Rising Star.”
KimÂ has also been a featured writer for JazzWest and SF Chronicle’s City Brights, a produced playwright, a former jazz club owner (Jazz at Pearl’s), an accomplished stage actress, a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Berkeley, and an avid Lindy hop & blues dancer. Her many philanthropic endeavors include founding the Kim Nalley Black Youth Jazz Scholarship.
Tammy Lynne Hall is one of the most sought-after accompanists in the world, performing with Rhiannon (Alive!), Barbara Dane, Queen Esther, the Supreme Mary Wilson, Regina Carter, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Melba Moore, Miki Howard, Rhonda Benin, Darlene Love, Ernestine Anderson, Kim Nalley, Kenny Washington, and the late Etta Jones.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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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