$20 cover charge; sliding scale available
Gail Dobson, vocals and percussion
Chloe Scott Jones, flute
Luis Salcedo, guitar
Matt Montgomery, bass
Eric Garland, drums/percussion
plus some of Gail’s amazing vocal students
The Gail Dobsonâ€™s Vocals for Kids with the Gail Dobson Band is a remarkable group of young singers and musicians who will feature the music of Gershwin, Lennon, Sting, Pharoah Sanders, Todd Rundgren, and even a taste of Jay Hawkins, and more!
Native born San Franciscan, Gail Dobson, is an endearing jazz vocalist with a smoky, amber contralto, who traces her performance history to the Purple Onion, the Hungry i, the Jazz Workshop, and the Bach, Dancing, and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay. For 23 years, she was the featured vocalist for horn player Ray Brownâ€™s Great Big Band, recorded and toured for three decades with her late husband, the pianist/singer extraordinaire Smith Dobson, and with her band, The Gail Dobson Band.
Gail teaches private lessons, and has taught for the Santa Cruz School District, Music in the Schools Today, San Francisco, Monterey School District and the San Jose School District. She has taught vocal clinics throughout the United States, Japan, Australia and Vancouver, Canada.
Gail says, “I am a Jazz Singer, Recording Artist, Vocal Teacher, Mom, Grandma. I’ve sung all my life and have shared this blessing with my brother, pianist, Martin Mann, my first husband, pianist, George Muribus, and my late husband, Smith Dobson, pianist/singer, and my children, Sasha Dobson-vocalist, and Smith Dobson V-drummer, vibraphonist, saxophonist. I’ve experienced first hand what hard work and dedication, mixed with lots of fun, can do for music in general, also for children who want to sing, play music and perform, and I’ve had the blessing of teaching this to hundreds of children thru the years. My band, which features Bay Area top musicians, is a marriage of traditional jazz harmonies with Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms, and highlights my philosophy and strong inclination to allow the music to unfold naturally through encouraging player interaction and soloing.
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