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July 2017
$12 - $30

Zoe Ellis with Maya Kronfeld, piano

July 14 at 2:30 PM

Zoe Ellis’s dramatic and colorful voice is well known to music fans in the Bay Area and beyond. Described by reviewers as “a resourceful and inventive vocalist,” she sang for many years with the Bay Area funk band, the Mo’Fessionals. A dynamic performer, Ellis’s credits include live performances with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Donald Byrd, Phil Lesh and Friends, ZADELL music co-lead with her big brother Dave Ellis, SoVoSo, Slammin All-Body Band, Darryl Anders AgapeSoul, and as the leader…

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$12 - $30

Alex de Grassi with Andrew York

July 15 at 2:30 PM
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$12 - $55

Festival Big Band, featuring Kim Nalley

July 15 at 7:30 PM

Kim Nalley has pipes to burn, packing a 3½ octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone. She has been compared to all the greats, but in the end, it’s Kim Nalley and no one else—an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot.

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$12 - $40

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion

July 18 at 7:30 PM

Bassist Richie Goods, the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, has toured with a variety of jazz and popular artists including the Headhunters, Lenny White, and Whitney Houston, among others. Goods’ lengthy discography also includes Grammy award-winning and platinum albums of Alicia Keys and Common. Together with his fusion/funk band Nuclear Fusion, they ignite the stage and excite the audience in one beautiful chain reaction. One of the most sought after Jazz and R &…

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Babaghanoush

July 19 at 2:30 PM

Guitarist Dimitris Mahlis, drummer Ralph Humphrey, bassist Jerry Watts and saxophonist Antti Suzuki bring life to the multi ethnic compositions of Mahlis. Mahlis’s playing style has been described as soulful and unique, and his compositions have set a standard in cross-cultural pollination. Suzuki’s improvisational talents have been showcased over a varied musical landscape. Humphrey’s brilliant way with multiple meters, along with Watts’ unique approach to non-western genres, creates a rhythm section that explores musical territory with ease.

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$12 - $40

Julian Pollack and J3PO

July 20 at 7:30 PM

Julian Pollack brings his project and band J3PO to the Festival stage this summer. Pollack will be joined by Cale Hawkins, Justin Golder and Adam Jackson. These jazz musicians explore popular songs from the later part of the 20th century as well as originals, through the lens of talk box vocals and jazz harmony, with a nod to contemporary music production. Experience the latest New York neo-fusion—jazz, funk and soul—in kaleidoscopic arrangements using laptops, synthesizers, and the Talkbox. “I remember…

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