â€œLori Carsillo is a vocal musician of relaxed, cool self-assurance and her voice is special for its unfiltered feelings and melodic warmth.â€
– Herb Wong, jazz historian, producer, Black Hawk Records & Palo Alto Records founder
A noted presence on the Bay Area jazz scene, Lori Carsillo (an Italian name, pronounced: â€œcar-SILL-ohâ€), is a vocalist of subtlety and sophistication. The nuance of her phrasing is constantly fresh and compelling. Her repertoire, a mix of well-known favorites and forgotten gems, draws praise from listeners as well as fellow musicians, as does her innate musical sense and down-to-earth nature. She sings with an unaffected, unpretentious style, never overreaching, and always at ease. Â Read more on Lori’s website at this link–her resume is deep. SheÂ has performed at top Bay Area venues including Yoshiâ€™s, Bimboâ€™s 365 Club, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and all along the West Coast from San Diego to Vancouver. In her formative years, she traveled throughout Europe singing at such festivals as the North Sea Jazz Festival and Umbria Jazz Festival. During the last few years, she has been invited to Santa Fe, NM where she has become a regular guest artist in several local jazz series. Paul Weideman of The New Mexican Pasatiempo Magazine observes, â€œshe has a gorgeous voice, like velvet.â€
GuitaristÂ Jeffrey Burr, son of two classical bassists, was recognized as a prodigy at an early age and had already played with many of the established Bay Area jazz musicians including Mark Levine, Donald Bailey, Vince Wallace, etc. by the time he reached high school. As a member of the California High School All-Stars, he toured Japan and performed twice with bop grandmaster Dizzy Gillespie at the Monterey Jazz Festival. His jazz studies at William Paterson University led to the recording studio for Blue Note Records with legendary bassist Rufus Reid,Â drummer Adam Nussbaum and producer Bob Belden. By this time Jeffrey had moved to New York and started performing in the city’s famous jazz haunts, including the Blue Note, 55 Bar and Smalls, rubbing shoulders with many of the city’s elite performers, including an unknown young singer named Norah Jones.
Jeff is very pleased to have been working lately with Lori.
Their Bird & Beckett date promises to be a rich and satisfying one.
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.
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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