Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission

Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission
Friday, September 29 @ 7:30PM
Violinist/composer Colm Ó Riain and some stellar musical friends mix the soul of his native Ireland with rhythms and melodies from all over the world — jazz, blues, Roma, India, Cuba, Brazil, and more — while exploring new frontiers of sound, all with a developed sense of humor. Featuring: Colm Ó Riain - violin, vocals Joe Kyle, Jr. - bass Geoff van Lienden - guitar Kate Brubeck - vocals An accomplished and fiery improviser in many genres, a global musician, and a composer for film an...
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Nathan & Jessie: Travellin’ Blues

Nathan & Jessie: Travellin’ Blues
Thursday, August 17 @ 7:00PM
World travelers Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith bring their signature blend of jazzy folk and blues to the Poppy for an evening of resonator guitars, accordion, and well-honed vocal harmonies. Featuring: Nathan Rivera - resonator guitar, accordion, clarinet, beatbox, vocals Jessie Andra Smith - resonator guitar, vocals Trevor Mulvey - upright bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:00PM Admission: $15-20 sliding scale Tickets will no...
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Lavay Smith: The Great American Road Trip

Lavay Smith: The Great American Road Trip
Saturday, July 22 @ 7:00PM
Bay Area favorite Lavay Smith returns to the Poppy for a musical road trip that celebrates America's cities, states, and regions. Expect favorites like “Basin Street Blues,” “Bourbon Street Parade,” “Goin’ To Chicago Blues,” “Kansas City,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Take The ‘A’ Train.” Featuring: Lavay Smith - vocals Jules Broussard - tenor and alto saxophones Danny Armstrong - trombone Ron Belcher - bass Chris Siebert - piano Learn more: Website     EVENT DETAILS &...
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Avotcja & Modúpue: Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Blues with Poetry

Avotcja & Modúpue: Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Blues with Poetry
Saturday, April 15 @ 7:30PM
Acclaimed Bay Area poet/playwright/percussionist/radio host Avotcja (pronounced “ah-va-cha”) returns to the Red Poppy with her quartet, whose name means “gratitude” in Yoruba. Expect a set of jazz, blues, Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, and powerful poetry. Featuring: Avotcja - poetry, percussion Jon Jang - piano Sandi Poindexter - violin Francis Wong - saxophone, flute “Heshima” Mark Williams - bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admi...
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MoonCandy: Live Soulful House Music

MoonCandy: Live Soulful House Music
Saturday, March 18 @ 7:00PM
In the spirit of the black church, jazz, the Freedom Singers, and disco sensation Sylvester, MoonCandy creates an environment for survival music to live and thrive through live performance. The eight-piece ensemble, which features five of the East Bay’s most underrated jazz, soul, blues, and gospel singers, specializes in inspirational lyrics and transfixing grooves, giving birth to a “house church” where everyone is welcome to dance for love. Featuring: Scott Keller - drums Shree Shyam Das...
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Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission (Double Show!)

Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission (Double Show!)
Friday, March 17 @ 7:00PM & 8:45PM
Irish-born violinist Colm Ó Riain and some stellar musical friends combine the music of Ireland with rhythms and melodies from all over the musical world – jazz, blues, Roma, India, Cuba, Brazil, and much more. Featuring: Colm Ó Riain - violin Joe Kyle Jr - bass Geoff van Lienden - guitar Wade Peterson - percussion An accomplished and fiery improviser in many genres, as well as a composer for multiple modern dance companies, Colm has enthralled audiences on stages as diverse as CBGB's ...
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Citizens Jazz Presents: Bay Area Women in Jazz

Citizens Jazz Presents: Bay Area Women in Jazz
Fri, Feb 10 @ 7:30PM
This all-star lineup of some of the Bay Area’s best female musicians will pay tribute to the history of jazz, from old-time blues, 1930s and ’40s tangos, choros, valse-musettes, and swing to ’50s and ’60s bebop and ending with a special, contemporary approach on traditional jazz favorites. Featuring: Kally Price - vocals Gabi Cavassa - vocals Caroline Chung - upright bass Amina Michele Scott - upright bass Jenelle Roccaforte - upright bass Gaea Schell - piano Elektra Schmidt - piano R...
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Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis: Vintage Inspirations, Soulful Voices

Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis
Sun, Dec 11 @ 7:30PM
Songstresses Nicole Stromsoe and Amber Gougis co-headline an evening of original material intermingled with old-school classics. Accompanied only by acoustic guitar and double bass, Stromsoe and Gougis aim to captivate audiences with enchanting vocals inspired by jazz, blues, R&B, and folk. Featuring: Nicole Stromsoe - vocals Amber Gougis - vocals Dorian Michael - guitar Ken Hustad - double bass With a voice that has been described as “nourishing,” “sensual,” and “rich,” Nicole Stromso...
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María Volonté: Blue Tango Project: Tango and the Blues Embrace

María Volonté: Blue Tango Project
Fri, Nov 18 @ 7:30PM
Bewitching echoes of tango’s forbidden pleasures and the lament of the solitary blues soul meet in Blue Tango Project, a collaboration between Buenos Aires-born vocalist/guitarist María Volonté and harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer, a native Californian. Their exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace celebrates the deep spiritual bond that joins the two genres. Featuring: María Volonté - vocals, guitar Kevin Carrel Footer - harmonica María...
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Tiffany Austin & Alex Conde: Flamenco Meets the Blues (Double Show!)

Tiffany Austin & Alex Conde (Double Show!)
Sat, Nov 12 @ 7:00PM & 8:30PM
Bay Area blues singer Tiffany Austin partners up with Spanish flamenco jazz pianist Alex Conde for an evening of blues, jazz, and piano flamenco exploration. Featuring: Tiffany Austin - vocals Alex Conde - piano Tiffany Austin's much-anticipated debut recording, Nothing But Soul, has received a warm reception from audiences and critics alike, including a four-star DownBeat Magazine review, a feature on NPR’s Fresh Air radio program, and inclusion on KQED’s Top 10 Bay Area Jazz Releases o...
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The Brian Hingerty Group: Emerging Bay Area Jazz Talent

The Brian Hingerty Group
Fri, Oct 21 @ 7:30PM
Under the guidance of guitarist Brian Hingerty, some of the Bay Area’s finest young jazz musicians join forces to perform a contemporary take on jazz standards. The group, comprised mostly of musicians under 17 and augmented by Northern California bass giant Chris Amberger, combines elements of electronica, funk, and blues as they perform both jazz/rock classics and original compositions. Featuring: Brian Hingerty - guitar Chris Amberger - bass Matthew Stoloff - drums Joshua Tazman - voc...
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Steph Johnson Trio: Soul, Jazz, Funk & Blues from San Diego

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Steph Johnson brings her trio to the Red Poppy to celebrate the release of her new album, Music is Art, produced by Grammy Award-winner Kamau Kenyatta. Steph’s rich, fervent vocals and soothing guitar will be accompanied by double bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Fernando Gomez for an evening of compassionate soul jazz. Featuring: Steph Johnson - vocals, guitar Rob Thorsen - bass Fernando Gomez - drums San Diego-based Steph Johnson is a self-taught musician whose distinctive style of voc...
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Mamadou and Vanessa: Mali Blues

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Mamadou and Vanessa perform original, poignant music from Mali. Their sound, influenced by West African rhythms and southern American blues, features the traditional 14-stringed kamele ngoni (hunter's harp) and the karinye, a traditional percussion instrument. Master kamele ngoni player Mamadou Sidibe is from the Wassoulou region of Mali, West Africa. He has toured with Malian greats Oumou Sangaré and Coumba Sidibé throughout Europe and Africa. Vanessa Sidibe, from New York, is an accomplish...
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Lavay Smith: The Songs and Sounds of Duke Ellington

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Internationally recognized chanteuse Lavay Smith and her world-class band come to the Red Poppy to pay tribute to the great Duke Ellington. Performing popular favorites, as well as obscure gems, Lavay and her band evoke an authentic feeling of classic blues and jazz. Featuring: Lavay Smith - vocals Jules Broussard - alto and tenor sax Danny Armstrong - trombone, vocals Chris Siebert - piano Ron Belcher - bass Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the San Francisco-based Red ...
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Ultrafaux w/ Rob Reich: Jazz Manouche & Musette Waltzes

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Drawing influences from manouche, Romani and Balkan music, Ultrafaux joins together with accordionist Rob Reich and chanteuse Alexis Tantau for an evening of traditional musette, Piaf tunes, and originals. Featuring: Michael Joseph Harris - guitar Sami Arefin - guitar Eddie Hrybyk - upright bass Rob Reich - accordion (featured artist) Alexis Tantau - vocals (featured artist)   Baltimore band Ultrafaux performs original music with musette, swing manouche, funk, blues, and Dixielan...
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Amelia Romano: “New Perspectives” Album Release

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Performing arrangements as dynamic and diverse as Bach and blues to Mexican boleros, Amelia Romano combines Latin rhythms and personal lyrics to produce an intimate and energizing musical experience. With her signature blue electric lever harp, she experiments with various rhythms, tones and textures that demand the listener to re-think the lever harp's role in today's music. Amelia Romano takes the path less traveled. A composer and arranger, she draws on life experience and inspiration to i...
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Joe Warner Trio: Jazz and Blues Piano From Then to Now

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The Joe Warner Trio plays music that is creative and grooving, drawing from such diverse influences as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal and Professor Longhair. Expect to hear many familiar and beloved songs as well as tunes that will become new favorites. Featuring: Joe Warner - piano Sly Randolph - drums Schuyler Karr - bass Pianist Joe Warner is one of the Bay Area's brightest young talents. He frequently works with The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and bassist/composer Marcus Shelby and has also p...
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Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Melodic Chamber Jazz Duets

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Musicians Will Bernard and Beth Custer come together for an intimate evening of groove-filled duets. Guitarist Will Bernard is a Grammy-nominated bandleader and founding member of all-star Bay Area jazz conglomerate T.J. Kirk, as well as Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s rollicking trio. Bernard is a virtuosic performer whose bone-deep, groove-heavy playing was a vital part of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble and the guitarist’s own funky quartet, Motherbug. Bernard’s latest Posi-Tone ...
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Amy LaCour Trio: Music for the Soul-Searching

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Oakland-based vocalist Amy LaCour returns to the Red Poppy with cellist Misha Khalikulov and percussionist Josh Mellinger for a night of original material inspired by the American traditions of folk, soul, blues, jazz, and bluegrass. Amy and Misha began collaborating in late 2013 and quickly discovered a musical chemistry. Misha brings years of classical training and improvisational experience to Amy's blues and folk-based songwriting. The result is a spare and intimate setting that highlights m...
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Marcus Shelby Trio ft. Miss Faye Carol & Joe Warner: The Legacy of the Blues

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Details TBA! Featuring: Miss Faye Carol - vocals Joe Warner - piano Marcus Shelby - bass   Marcus Shelby is a bandleader, composer, arranger, bassist, educator, and activist who currently lives in San Francisco, California. Over the past 25 years he has built a diverse biography as a composer. His work and music has focused on sharing the history, present, and future of African American lives, on social movements in the United States of America, and on early childhood music educatio...
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CHELLE! and Friends: Celebrating the Holidays with New Orleans Musical Gumbo

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In a lively celebration of the holidays, CHELLE! and Friends commemorates the vibrant music of New Orleans with influences of jazz, funk, soul, gospel, blues, zydeco, and the rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians. Artistic Director and Founder, Michelle Jacques, is a new New Orleans native and Oakland's own "Queen of New Orleans Music". Together with some of the most distinguished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, CHELLE! and Friends stirs all of its influences into a diverse stewpot of mu...
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Maria Volonte: Blue Tango Project: Born in Buenos Aires. Raised on the Road.

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Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Blue Tango Project is an exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace. The project is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player and poet Kevin Carrel Footer. This globe-trotting duo celebrates the deep spiritual bond that joins tango and the blues as two musical genres born in desire and marginality, many times censored yet...
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Industrial Revelation: Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri – PNW Album Release Tour

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On tour for the release of their latest two-disc album, Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri, Industrial Revelation takes on everything from jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop, rock, chamber music, and beyond. Industrial Revelation is about human emotion– the unbridled energy, excitement, passion, beauty and the enjoyment that coincides. Based in Seattle, the band was founded by D'Vonne Lewis through the ambition to continue the musical legacy of his family and to create melodies characterized by a vi...
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DOUBLE SHOW: Lavay Smith And Her All-Star Soultet

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Country Soul: Lavay Smith Sings Music Made Popular by Dinah Washington, Esther Phillips, and Ray Charles Lavay Smith and Her All-Star Soultet bring a bracing, bluesy jolt of energy to the jazz and country crossroads with her new show Country Soul. In crafting jazz and blues-steeped arrangements of songs associated with the great country American songbook, Smith and her band found inspiration in the country and western recordings of Ray Charles as well as R&B and jazz musicians Big Mayb...
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