SFJAZZ presents Asha Bhosle, “Queen of Bollywood” tonight and Esperanza Spalding, the spellbinding young bass player/ vocalist tomorrow. Such a juxtaposition shows the range of talent booked at the three-month annual fall festival which runs through December 18. This post focuses on the women, the diverse divas of SFJAZZ, who hail from India, Brazil and Cape Verde as well as the U.S., and whose sounds range from samba and bossa nova to Tin Pan Alley, gospel and soul.
When Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz musician to win a Grammy Award as Best New Artist, it was one of countless breakthroughs that have characterized the career of the brilliant bassist, vocalist and composer who’s all of 27 years old. She sold out SFJAZZ last year, gave a command performance at the White House, and her 2010 album Chamber Music Society hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. She appears October 1 at the Oakland Paramount Theatre.
Singer Asha Bosle, the most widely recorded vocalist in history, is a superstar whose voice has been featured in over 1,000 films. At 78, she continues to explore new musical settings, including a classical collaboration with North Indian sitar star Shujaat Khan, with whom she appears at the Paramount tonight. Khan, scion of a musical dynasty in India, is a sitar master and noted vocalist. The show promises to be sophisticated and entrancing.
R & B goddess India.Arie, singer, composer, producer, guitarist and flautist with 18 Grammy nominations and four Grammy Awards to her credit, has collaborated with Keb’ Mo’ who dazzled SFJAZZ audiences at the Paramount in a prior season
with his understated blues. She performs at the Paramount October 15 with keyboardist Idan Raichel, considered Israel’s most important young, political, revolutionary singer-songwriter.
Samba superstar Daniela Mercury brings the sensual Afro-Brazilian sounds of Carnaval to the Paramount October 14. The next night, Luciana Souza will transform contemporary pop tunes into bossa novas, reinterpret Brazilian standards and perhaps even work a composition by Paul Simon into a song of beauty with her luminous vocals.
The history of female songwriters from the Tin Pan Alley era will come alive at Herbst Theatre November 12 through a multi-media performance by Pamela Rose and Wild Women of Song featuring Denise Perrier. San Francisco Magazine said of the performance, “It’s more than a jazz concert. It’s a swinging honors course in Womankind!” Not to be missed!
Anonymous 4, the remarkable female a cappella quartet who specialize in medieval music, will present Sisters in Spirit. Their 13th century material will soar in the sacred space of Grace Cathedral, November 18.
A newly-added holiday gospel show is sure to raise the roof at the Paramount when gospel superstar siblings Erica and Tina Campbell, known as Mary Mary, bring their Christmas show to Oakland’s art deco palace December 17.
Check out the website now at http://www.sfjazz.org/. It’s great reading, with difficult if mouth-watering choices to be made.
Click here to read about the male jazz giants and global superstars performing the 29th Annual SF Jazz Festival.
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