YOSHI'S, OAKLAND PRESENTS VOCAL JAZZ LEGEND CARMEN LUNDY & TRIO
(Published: May 16, 2011)
Oakland, CA (May 16, 2011) -- Carmen Lundy brings her music and trio up the West Coast from Los Angeles to Oakland, California, to appear at Yoshi's, Oakland's premier jazz club, on Thursday June 16th at 8 pm, followed by shows on Friday, June 17th at 8 and 10 pm. Yoshi's, after beginning its existence in 1973 as a small North Berkley sushi bar, moved in 1977 to a larger location on Claremont Avenue in Oakland and began incorporating jazz performances in its restaurant setting. Over the next 20 years Yoshi's built itself into one of the world's most respected jazz venues, hosting jazz greats from Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Joe Williams to Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, and Diana Krall in more recent years. In 1997 the club relocated, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of the Jack London Square and working with Morimoto Architects to build an award-winning 330 seat jazz club with a state of the art sound system, as part of a plan to revitalize the area.
Accompanying Carmen Lundy on this weekend of gigs will be Anthony Wonsey on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, and Jamison Ross on drums. Among other material, the trio will support Ms. Lundy on tunes from Solamente, Carmen's latest CD release on the Afrasia label. Solamente, Lundy's latest project and her eleventh CD release, found Carmen not only writing and producing the album, but also playing every note of music on the project. Layering her at times languorous, at times defiant, at virtually all times sublime vocals over her own accompaniment on piano, bass and drums, Solamente was, in every sense of the word, a solo project. Now Wonsey, Holt, Ross, and Lundy combine their talents to expand and refine the ideas and themes presented on Solamente, as well as material from the Live At The Madrid CD and DVD and Carmen's other early work.
In a review of Ms. Lundy from April 2011 at the Porgy and Bess Jazz Club in Vienna, Austria, writer Samir H. Kock wrote, "Not even a clearing of the throat during the first song could make her nervous, and with an artistic cough, she seamlessly moved into a vocal tour de force through the land of love, beginning with ‘Easy To Love.' Full of spirit, she blended the flow of music with her vocalizations. Pianist Anthony Wonsey vivaciously played blues-inspired cascades which Lundy then took over and added her own figurations. Her impressive range was shown in the ballad ‘Heart Of Gold' in which she displayed bell-like high tones along with astonishing low notes."
Yoshi's Oakland is located at 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, California, 94607. The phone number for the club is (510) 238-9200. More information can be found and reservations made at www.yoshis.com/oakland. More information on Carmen Lundy is always available at www.carmenlundy.com.
More Information: http://www.yoshis,com/oakland