CHELLE! and Friends: New Orleans Meets the Bay

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The Poppy is proud to welcome back New Orleans native Michelle Jacques, who has solidified her rep as Oakland's "Queen of New Orleans Music" by stirring jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock, and Mardi Gras Indian chants into a musical gumbo that leaves audiences wanting more.   FEATURING: Michelle Jacques - vocals Rhonda Crane - vocals Bryan Dyer - vocals, horn Donna Viscuso - woodwinds Eric Swinderman - guitar Kevin Scott - bass Michaelle Goerl...
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Melford, Morris, Mezzacappa & Adams: Energetic Avant-Jazz

Melford, Morris, Mezzacappa & Adams: Energetic Avant-Jazz
Thursday, October 5 @ 7:30PM
Pianist Myra Melford, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and saxophonists Angela Morris and Steve Adams perform original compositions and spontaneous improvisations. Ranging from melodic free jazz to energetic sonic explorations, they bring their unique chemistry to the West Coast for the first time this fall. Featuring: Myra Melford - piano Angela Morris - tenor saxophone Lisa Mezzacappa - bass Steve Adams - saxophones Pianist, composer, and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford is a singular voice in...
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Kellye Gray: Postmodern Jazz Vocals

Kellye Gray: Postmodern Jazz Vocals
Sunday, October 1 @ 7:30PM
Acclaimed jazz vocalist Kellye Gray–renowned for her powerful voice, four-octave range, and 1990 Top 20 hit, Standards in Gray–comes to the Poppy to celebrate the release of a new album, Rendering. Featuring: TBA Texas native Kellye Gray has recorded seven albums as a leader, performed nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals, and shared the stage with many top names in jazz and blues. A songwriter since the age of 17 and a self-taught guitarist, Gray has produc...
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Custer/James/Amendola/Glasgow: Film Scores Without Films

Custer/James/Amendola/Glasgow: Film Scores Without Films
Saturday, September 30 @ 7:30PM
Joined by New York vocalist Diana Mangano, four Bay Area musical treasures convene for one night to present the music of Beth Custer and David James, and to explore spontaneous improvisations. Custer's growling bass clarinet meets James's versatile guitar, on a bed of grooves by Amendola and Glasgow. Featuring: Beth Custer - clarinets David James - guitar Scott Amendola - drums Jordan Glasgow - keyboards Diana Mangano - vocals Beth Custer is an Emmy Award-winning composer, performer, ...
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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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Homenaje: Different Cultures, Universal Emotions

Homenaje: Different Cultures, Universal Emotions
Friday, September 22 @ 7:30PM
Los Angeles trio Homenaje invites special guest vocalist (and Red Poppy all-star) Dina Zarif to the stage for an evening that incorporates heavy influences of Cuban and African music along with jazz, classical, and folk. Expect to hear selections from Homenaje's new album, La Mariposa y el Mentiroso ("The Butterfly and the Liar"), which tells the story of a spirit’s journey through life, complete with joy and sadness. Featuring: Will Brahm - guitar Chris Wabich - percussion Ross Schodek - ...
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Brooklyn Raga Massive: New Indian Classical & Raga-Inspired Experiments

Brooklyn Raga Massive: New Indian Classical & Raga-Inspired Experiments
Saturday, September 16 @ 7:00PM
Brooklyn Raga Massive, headed by percussionist Sameer Gupta, brings together a diverse roster of artists who specialize in modern jazz, Indian classical music, and a full spectrum of other genres. At their only Poppy show in 2017, this New York-based collective will present exciting new works and concepts while featuring several special guests. Featuring: Jay Gandhi - bansuri Arun Ramamurthy - violin Neel Murgai - sitar Michael Gam - bass Sameer Gupta - drums Special guests - TBA Bro...
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Subhi: Indian Pop with Jazz Influences

Subhi: Indian Pop with Jazz Influences
Thursday, September 14 @ 7:30PM
Chicago-born singer/songwriter/composer Subhi's music​ showcase​s​ a blend of her Indian roots, pop, the jazz culture of her hometown, and everything in-between. At her first Red Poppy performance, she’ll be presenting selections from her debut album, Shaitaan Dil (“Naughty Heart”), written during her travels between Mumbai and Chicago, as well as the Indian jazz album she’s currently producing. Featuring: TBA Subhi’s songs have been featured on NPR (WBEZ), WLUW 88.7 FM (Radio One Chicag...
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The Gerald Beckett Quintet: Modern Jazz Flute

The Gerald Beckett Quintet: Modern Jazz Flute
Saturday, September 9 @ 7:30PM
Eight years of classical training at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as extensive jazz studies with some of the leading teachers in the Bay Area, have given Texas-born flutist Gerald Beckett a firm command of both his instrument and the jazz idiom. His quintet makes its Red Poppy debut with selections from Beckett’s latest release, Oblivion. Featuring: Gerald Beckett - flute Ruben Salcido - alto saxophone Steve McQuarry - piano Ollie Dudek - bass Greg German - drums Lear...
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Jenna & the Charmers: Cinematic Chamber Pop & Jazz

Jenna & the Charmers: Cinematic Chamber Pop & Jazz
Friday, September 8 @ 7:30PM
Through a creative approach on some of their favorite songs from the past 40 years, Jenna & the Charmers delight in their dreamy, swinging, and sometimes rocking explorations of the songs that influenced them. Their Red Poppy debut will feature their own original compositions, as well as songs by Joni Mitchell, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Jon Brion, the Beatles, the Finn Brothers, and others. Featuring: Jenna Mammina - vocals Steve Bissinger - guitar Ryan Lukas - bass Jeremy Steinkoler - dru...
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Wahh World Fusion Band: High-Energy East Meets West

Wahh World Fusion Band: High-Energy East Meets West
Thursday, September 7 @ 7:30PM
Rooted in India's rich traditional musical culture and enveloped in an artful weave of jazz, rock, and funk, Wahh World Fusion Band plays original music that features contemporary music with Indian and Eastern Influences, including dynamic vocal percussion and Indian raga elements. Featuring: Shankh Lahiri - vocals, tabla Peter Mongaya - guitar Rajib Karmakar - sitar Michael Washington - drums Michael Gam - bass Learn more: Website | Facebook | YouTube   EVENT DETAILS  ...
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Jessica Fichot: French Chanson & Shanghai Jazz

Jessica Fichot: French Chanson & Shanghai Jazz
Sunday, September 3 @ 7:30PM
Drawing from her multi-ethnic French/Chinese/American upbringing, chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot returns for a night of chanson, 1940s Shanghai jazz, and international folk. Her accordion, toy piano, and multilingual vocals will be accompanied by a fiery trio of clarinet/saxophone, upright bass, and guitar. Featuring: Jessica Fichot - vocals, accordion, toy piano Adrien Prévost - guitar Mike Bjella - clarinet, saxophone Ippei Ichimaru - upright bass LA-based chanteuse/songwriter J...
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Terrence Brewer: The Acoustic Jazz Project

Terrence Brewer: The Acoustic Jazz Project
Thursday, August 24 @ 7:00PM
San Francisco-based bandleader, record producer, concert performer, studio musician, and music educator Terrence Brewer brings his Acoustic Jazz Project to the Poppy for a night of unplugged jazz. Expect to hear selections from his 10 acclaimed albums in a special acoustic setting. Featuring: TBA Award-winning guitarist Terrence Brewer, a 2016 inductee into the Pittsburg Arts and Entertainment Hall of Fame, runs his own record label, Strong Brew Music, and has performed on dozens of other...
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VidyA: South Indian Classical Meets Jazz

VidyA: South Indian Classical Meets Jazz
Saturday, August 19 @ 7:30PM
The Red Poppy is proud to welcome back our original resident artists, VidyA, who will present an evening of their characteristically seamless blend of Carnatic and jazz music with saxophone, bass, and drums. Having approached this music deeply for years together, the separate idioms dissolve as the group dwells and expresses in the essence itself. At this, their first show in years, expect material from the ensemble’s latest album, In the Source, as well as old favorites and new works. Featur...
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Joshua Tazman: Modern Jazz Art Songs

Joshua Tazman: Modern Jazz Art Songs
Friday, August 18 @ 7:30PM
Playing his Red Poppy debut just days before leaving for college, Joshua Tazman will be presenting two fresh new works. The first piece is the premiere of "After After Lorca: The Spicer Songs," a searing and whimsical collection of musical settings to Jack Spicer poems for voice, violin, viola, and cello. Tazman will also be performing "The Leaving Suite," a modern jazz song cycle contemplating coming of age and letting go of childhood. Featuring: Joshua Tazman - vocals, piano Solomon Alber...
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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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Kavita Shah: Planet Jazz

Kavita Shah: Planet Jazz
Sunday, August 13 @ 7:30PM
A native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, acclaimed composer/jazz vocalist Kavita Shah incorporates her ethnographic research on Brazilian, West African, and Indian musical traditions into her original repertoire. At her first Red Poppy show since 2014, expect to hear songs from her discography, as well as selections from her upcoming album of duets with bassist François Moutin. Featuring: Kavita Shah - vocals Julian Shore - piano François Moutin - bas...
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Danny Green Trio: Jazz, Classical & Brazilian Music

Danny Green Trio: Jazz, Classical & Brazilian Music
Friday, August 11 @ 7:30PM
Southern California pianist and composer Danny Green, renowned for his beautifully articulated touch and melodically charged sensibility, arrives at the Poppy with bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm for a night of Green's latest works, as well as music from their critically acclaimed 2016 release, Altered Narratives. Featuring: Danny Green - piano Justin Grinnell - bass Julien Cantelm - drums Learn more: Website | Facebook     EVENT DETAILS   Time...
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Michael Zilber: Trane, Wayne, and Other Originals

Michael Zilber: Trane, Wayne, and Other Originals
Thursday, July 27 @ 8:00PM
On the heels of a celebrated new album, acclaimed saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber brings in some of his favorite musicians (and some of the Bay's very best) for an evening of modern acoustic jazz steeped in the tradition of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter but firmly in the present, too. Featuring: Michael Zilber - saxophones Peter Horvath - piano Peter Barshay - bass Jason Lewis - drums Bay Area-based saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber has been described by NEA Jazz Master Dav...
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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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Shimkas Jazz Group: Standards, Soul, and More

Shimkas Jazz Group: Standards, Soul, and More
Saturday, July 15 @ 7:30PM
Vocalist Audrey Shimkas, heavily influenced by Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and contemporaries such as Mary Stallings, Kenny Washington, and Madeline Eastman, brings her ensemble to the Poppy for a night of American and Brazilian jazz standards, as well as contemporary material by Blood, Sweat & Tears, Prince, Lorde, and Billy Childs. Featuring: Audrey Shimkas - vocals Jason Martineau - piano Peter Barshay - bass Kelly Park - drums Learn more: Website | Facebook   EVENT DETA...
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Rini: Dramatic Art-Rock and Indian Electronica

Rini: Dramatic Art-Rock and Indian Electronica
Friday, July 14 @ 7:30PM
New York-based singer, composer, and violinist Rini comes to the Poppy with her cadre of international musicians, who draw inspiration from Indian classical music, electronica, art rock, and jazz, presenting groovy, pulsing music. Featuring: Rini - vocals, violin, electronics Aleif Hamdan - guitar Achal Murthy - bass Yogev Gabay - drums Íñigo Galdeano Lasheras - saxophone, ewi Harini “Rini” Raghavan has recorded and performed with Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman, headlined festi...
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Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Diane Moser/Vijay Anderson: Creative Music Quartet

Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Diane Moser/Vijay Anderson: Creative Music Quartet
Saturday, July 8 @ 7:30PM
The Red Poppy is proud to present an evening of works by four masterful composer/improvisers, each of whom has developed original concepts towards creative music, informed through a lifetime of exploration and reaching beyond an array of musical traditions. Featuring: Hafez Modirzadeh - saxophones Mark Dresser - bass Diane Moser - piano Vijay Anderson - drums Mark Dresser is a Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collabor...
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Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music

Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music
Saturday, June 24 @ 7:30PM
Vocalist/composer Molly Holm, with her all-star jazz trio, makes her Red Poppy debut exploring the multicultural crossroads of improvised music through original compositions, straight-ahead and modal jazz tunes, and traditional folk songs. Molly's music, often intertwined with the elements of North Indian raga, experimental vocals, or playful free-form improvisation, also reveals the rhythmic and note-bending influences inherited from the music of the African diaspora. Featuring: Frank Marti...
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David James’s GPS: Jazzy Border Crossings

David James’s GPS: Jazzy Border Crossings
Friday, June 23 @ 8:00PM
David James (Afrofunk Experience, Beth Custer Ensemble) brings his rhythm-horns-and-strings sextet back to the Poppy for an evening of stylistic border-crossing. This performance will feature songs from the acclaimed album Billionaire Blues, as well as new compositions and arrangements. Featuring: David James - guitar, voice Beth Custer - clarinets Alan Williams - trombone Ela Polak - viola Lisa Mezzacappa - bass John Hanes - drums GPS (Good People, Son) is a jazz-meets-chamber rock ...
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Jazz Mafia’s NOT a Brass Band: Chamber Jazz/Groove

Jazz Mafia’s NOT a Brass Band: Chamber Jazz/Groove
Thursday, June 22 @ 7:30PM
Bandleader Adam Theis and this five-piece ensemble will present a night of new original compositions and arrangements, as well as tributes to artists who have influenced them. Expect a wide dynamic range, rock and EDM rhythms, plus melodies, harmony, and phrasing more common to chamber, jazz, and music from around the world – and a hint of New Orleans second line that occasionally surfaces for a wild horn romp. Featuring: Max Miller-Loran - trumpet/piano Charlie Gurke - baritone sax Adam...
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Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey

Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey
Friday, June 16 @ 7:30PM
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black comes to the Poppy with a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. Featuring: TBA Mari Black’s energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of ...
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Alicyn Yaffee Trio: Pop, Jazz, and Rock

Alicyn Yaffee Trio: Pop, Jazz, and Rock
Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30PM
Singer/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee makes her Red Poppy debut with an evening of indie-pop sensibilities, punk, jazz guitar, and soulful vocals. Her trio includes Santana bassist/musical director Benny Rietveld, who produced her debut album, Someone Else, which features Cindy Blackman, Ronnie Foster, and Rietveld. Featuring: Alicyn Yaffee - guitar, vocals Hamir Atwal - drums Jeff Cressman - trombone Learn more: Website | Facebook | SoundCloud | YouTube     EVENT DETAILS &n...
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Zona Blu: Soul Jazz Collective

Zona Blu: Soul Jazz Collective
Thursday, June 8 @ 7:30PM
Ready for an easygoing evening of friendly, familiar jazz tunes? Local quintet Zona Blu, whose Italian name is a nod to Milanese jazz club “blue zones” and Miles Davis’ iconic Kind of Blue, presents a laid-back night of Latin, funk, and swing grooves that’s sure to ease you into the weekend. Featuring: David Kaufer - guitar Jim Wasco - piano Steve Teich - alto saxophone/flute Greg Galli - drums Tom Donald - bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM ...
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