The Neighborhood Concert Hall
Since 1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s (formerly Noe Valley Music Series) has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance series in the Bay Area.
The series has garnered praise for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians (many who’ve won Grammys, Academy Awards, Mac Arthur “Genius” Grants and Guggenheim fellowships) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality. Founded by jazz flutist, Larry Kassin, SF Live Arts depends on grants and donations to bring their special blend of international and local musical talents to San Francisco.
The Neighborhood Concert Hall
MARIA MULDAUR – Jazzabelle – plus special guests
Multi-Grammy nominee, Maria Muldaur, best known for her ’74 mega pop hit, Midnightat the Oasis, has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Jazz and Big Band, Blues, Gospel, R&B and “Bluesiana.” For this performance she’ll be performing her special show Jazzabelle …An evening of Vintage Classic Jazz, & Naughty Bawdy Blues.
Despite her considerable pop music success, Maria’s 52-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. Starting with the folk revival of the early ’60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band. In the early 70s, Maria collaborated, recorded and toured with legendary Jazz giant, Benny Carter, who lead an all-star Big Band of jazz greats,
Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and received a Blues Foundation nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year; as was the follow up album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul.
Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can! covered songs from some of the most socially conscious songwriters of the past half century, and featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which included: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow and Holly Near.
Her recent album Steady Love features- what she calls “Bluesiana Music” – her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and Swamp Funk. It reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.
Her 40th album, First Came Memphis Minnie, is a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and RoryBlock.
We’re proud to welcome Maria back to our series.
SF Live Arts presents our Immigrant Voices series with
Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, singer, guitarist and composer Diana Gameros creates authentic, inspiring music that reflects the 21st century experiences of an indie artist at the borderlands between cultures, languages, and genres. Now living In the Bay Area, Diana has played with many local favorites, including the Oakland East Bay Symphony and has opened concerts for Bebel Gilberto, Latin Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia and many others. Last month she performed for four nights at the SF Jazz Festival and was featured in both SF Chronicle Datebook and KQED Arts’ “Women to Watch” articles. In 2013 Diana released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant. In October of 2014 she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and her support to social justice movements. Diana is currently working on writing music for her second album which will be produced by Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade.
On this night, Diana will be accompanied by Patrick Wolff (tenor sax/clarinet). http://dianagameros.com/
Megan Keely was born and raised in the hills south of San Francisco, CA. With three albums released and a fourth on the way, Megan’s body of work is simultaneously soothing and empowering.
Define American is the first single off Megan Keely’s forthcoming album, Bloom, recorded at Jackson’s Groove Masters in LA. With the launch of the music video, the song was picked up by Jose Antonio Vargas’s nation-wide non profit to help deepen conversations around immigration and cultural change.
She is breaking new ground with songs celebrating life and strength. Her songwriting first caught the attention of producer T Bone Burnett, who selected Megan’s song, Rules (co-written with her brother Brandon) for inclusion on The Hunger Games Soundtrack Companion Album. “Megan Keely is a stunning young woman with a voice that will break your heart and heal it all in one sitting.” – Annie Bacon –The Folk Opera
For this performance, she will be accompanied by Steve Wyreman on guitar.
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