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Join Angharad Jones and a piano trio of experienced jazz musicians for an open mic open to all! Please bring 3 charts per song (one for each band member) in the appropriate key. Singers will get to sing one or two tunes with a great group of instrumentalists in front of a supportive audience – mostly fellow vocalists – in a wonderful venue. Please bring proof of vaccination.
The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra is the Bay Area’s own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory, has collaborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg. Learn more by visiting electricsqueezeboxorchestra.com facebook.com/Electricsqueezeboxorchestra/
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Alicia Michelle "Miki" Howard was the daughter of two well-known gospel singers. Her father, Clay Graham, sang with the Pilgrim Jubiliees and her mother, Josephine Howard, was a member of the Caravans, a group that would eventually be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When Howard was in her early teens, her mother moved the family to Los Angeles. Already aiming at a career in music, the 15-year-old Howard received her first break when she participated in a teen beauty contest. Augie Johnson, leader of the group Side Effect, happened to be in the audience; impressed with Howard's singing talent, Howard also joined the lineup of Side Effect in 1978 when another singer departed. She sang with Side Effect until 1982. Howard signed a contract with Atlantic Records in the mid-1980s and recorded her first solo album, “Come Share My Love”, in 1986. The title track from the album was its first single, hitting the top ten of the R&B charts and reaching number five in late 1986. A remake of the pop standard "Imagination," which Howard had fought to include on “Come Share My Love”, was another hit from the album. Howard's second solo album, 1988's “Love Confessions”, offered another top-five R&B hit with "Baby Be Mine." "That's What Love Is," a duet with Gerald Levert, also hit the R&B charts. In the meantime, Howard's third solo album,” Miki Howard”, was released in 1989 and proved her most commercially successful to date. The single "Ain't Nuthin' in the World" became Howard's first number-one hit on the R&B charts and another song, "Love Under New Management," followed it to number two and became one of Howard's signature tunes. Howard continued with a successful solo career after switching to Giant Records in 1991. Her first single under her new contract, "Ain't Nobody like You," became Howard's second number-one R&B hit. The subsequent album, 1992's “Femme Fatale”, featured Howard's renditions of classic tracks originally performed by Dinah Washington ("This Bitter Earth") and Billie Holiday ("Good Morning Heartache"). After a casting director saw her perform some Billie Holiday tunes at a New York City concert at Radio City Music Hall, Howard was offered the chance to portray Holiday in a nightclub scene in director Spike Lee's 1992 film “Malcolm X”. The following year, Howard recorded an entire album of Holiday songs, “Miki Sings Billie”, including her favorite Holiday tune, "Don't Explain." In 1993, Howard made another movie appearance in director John Singleton's “Poetic Justice”. She released “Live Plus” in 1996 and a comeback album of original material, “Can't Count Me Out”, in 1997. After a four year hiatus, “Three Wishes”, was released in 2001 to excellent reviews. The album earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Recording. She followed that with “Pillow Talk” (2006), “Private Collection” (2008), “I Choose To Be Happy” (2015) and a live recording “Miki Howard- Live In Concert” in 2015. Howard was featured on the second season on TV One’s critically acclaimed bio-series “Unsung”. Miki’s episode was the highest rated of her season and in 2015 was adapted into a TV movie for TV One to be released in June of 2016 with “Chi-Raq” actress Teyonah Parris in the lead role. www.mikihowardmedia.com
The Back Room welcomes Jazz vocalist Yolandra Rhodes back to the stage. Yolandra sings with easy grace and confidence, blending hints of Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Anita Baker - yet maintains her own brand. She has performed with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Najee, Yancy Taylor, Lloyd Gregory and many more noted local jazz phenoms. Be sure you grab your tickets while you can - Yolandra's performances are always a full house. Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available here, or if the show is not sold out, you may purchase your tickets at the door before the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash or Venmo only at the door. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages. The venue is ADA accessible. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-381-1997. Thank you for your support! Please note: Although masks are no longer required, we strongly encourage their use to keep everyone safe in our intimate space.
In an effort to drum up business for his family’s company, Ohio sign manufacturer Daniel Cavanaugh travels to China hoping to secure a lucrative contract. He soon discovers that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners. In Chinglish, Tony Winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) shows with humor and heart that some things aren’t so easily translated. ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT DAVID HENRY HWANG David Henry Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Yellow Face, Chinglish, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, a Grammy Award winner who has been twice nominated, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Opera News called him America’s most-produced living opera librettist. He co-wrote the Gold Record “Solo” with the late pop icon Prince and was a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair from 2015-2019. Hwang is currently creating Empress, a TV series for Netflix; the live-action musical feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios; and a movie to star actress Gemma Chan. Hwang serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts and sits on the Board of the American Theatre Wing, where he recently completed his term as Chair. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, where it won six Ovation Awards. Its subsequent run at the Public Theatre in NYC received a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album and was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In 2016, The David Henry Hwang Society was founded by William C. Boles (Rollins College), Martha Johnson (University of Minnesota), and Esther Kim Lee (University of Maryland). The DHH Society is devoted to the scholarly examination of plays by David Henry Hwang.
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Bobby’s mission is to get the world singing so he's added these two special evening shows to welcome even more voices into the circle! “You get people together and get them singing, and you instantly knock down all the walls – the creeds, the gender, age and race differences, everything. You’re all one at that point, lifting your voices.” – Bobby McFerrin Bobby McFerrin, the 10-time Grammy-winner and genre-defying virtuoso vocalist has innovated over decades a new form of music called Circlesongs, “spontaneously composed choral pieces,” where “every voice has a place in the circle.” Join Bobby McFerrin and Motion Featuring Bryan Dyer, David Worm, Destani Wolf, and Tammy Brown for an evening of circlesinging at the Freight & Salvage.
Pianist Beatrice Rana joins Manfred Honeck and the Orchestra for the fiery virtuosity and touching lyricism of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Gloria Isabel Ramos Triano’s amazon celebrates the strength of courageous women while Franz Schubert’s charming and exuberant Symphony in C major is nicknamed The Great for its expansive blueprint.
A.C.T. presents the classic musical, The Wizard of Oz, from Tony Award–nominated director/choreographer Sam Pinkleton (Soft Power and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and Tony Award-winning designer David Zinn (Edward Albee’s Seascape at A.C.T). Do you remember the first time you saw L. Frank Baum’s classic tale come to life? The sweeping music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, the beloved characters, and the enthralling journey of a young girl from a grayscale Kansas prairie to a world filled with color, danger, and magic. For decades this enchanting classic musical has been a part of some of the best moments of our lives. When you enter the Toni Rembe Theater to experience The Wizard of Oz, you’ll connect with rekindled memories—as well as the spark of unexpected surprises and twists! This season at A.C.T is all about returning home, and that makes The Wizard of Oz the perfect choice for you, your family, and your friends. See you down the (yellow brick) road.
Rhythmic. Improvisational. Jazz. T.S. Monk, son of Thelonious Monk, brings his “funky jazz” rooted in the legacy of his father, to the Bankhead stage. T.S. celebrates him with all the energy and creativeness he shares with Thelonious, guiding his father’s legacy to additional heights. As a band leader and musician, T. S. has received the New York Jazz Awards’ “Recording of the Year” and ‘Downbeat’s’ prestigious Reader’s Poll Award, among numerous other awards. “…a first-rate drummer, unquenchably driving, and one of the few who can keep the pulse swinging…” – Variety
Deep in the shadows of the Colorado Rockies lurks the Overlook Hotel. For its new caretakers, the Torrance family, the only thing more unnerving than their profound isolation is the realization that they are not the hotel’s only guests. Their young son Danny, with his spine-tingling sixth sense, endures the house of horrors while his father faces demons – past and present, real and remembered – that ultimately turn him into a monster. What starts as a desperate search for financial and marital sanctuary, spirals into a terrifying battle for sanity and survival. Adapted from Stephen King’s iconic novel, the Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning team of Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell bring The Shining to even more frightening depths than ever before. Opera Parallèle develops and performs contemporary opera, commissions new works, and re-orchestrates contemporary grand opera, breathing new life into underperformed masterworks for the 20th & 21st centuries. Embracing rituals of old while bravely finding space for the new, this tension sparks creativity – colorful collisions that inspire new ways of experiencing opera. Born in San Francisco, a city built on both old and new, between art and technology, Opera Parallèle merges tradition with innovation to reimagine the power of opera in the modern world, highlighting stories of social relevance that explore the depth of the human condition. For more information, visit operaparallele.org/theshining
In 2012, Lucky Penny brought this one-of-a-kind, blow-the-roof-off musical to the Napa Valley Playhouse in Napa. Now it’s time for a tenth anniversary revival starring much of the original cast! Break out your best Trailer Trash attire and get ready for the show the creators David Nehls and Betsy Kelso call “an all-American musical odyssey through agoraphobia, adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, huffing, electric chairs, flan, roadkill, toll collecting, spray cheese, guns, and disco.” The gang from Stark, Florida’s ‘Armadillo Acres’ might be even more raunchy and hilarious 10 years later. Sure to be Napa’s adult-oriented theatre event of the year.