Jeanie Tracy is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She has an outstanding and long list of professional achievements, recordings, and sound tracks including, but in no way limited to, duets with Sylvester in "Here Is My Love", recordings on "Give it Up" on Herbie Hancock’s album Magic Windows and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's album Splash, background vocals for Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Tevin Campbell, and Shanice Wilson; movie soundtracks for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Snow Dogs," and "Titanic" with Celine Dion, lead vocals for the Disney Movie Channel's theme song, "The Wonderful World of Disney”, "Hercules," "About Last Night," and "The Bodyguard," just to name a few. Ms. Tracy sang on Carlos Santana’s album SUPERNATURAL, attained two Top 20 US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play with "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" (1998) and "Keep The Party Jumpin'" (1999), a number one hit with "The Power" followed by another with "Cha Cha Heels". More recently "Livin For your Love" rose to another #1 on the US Dance Club Charts.
Ms. Tracy appears in the BBC television documentary "The Queens of Disco" and another BBC television documentary "The Joy of Disco". Jeanie Tracy was inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Just Circuit Award Hall of Fame Artist Award.
Kev Choice is a pianist, emcee, producer, bandleader, sideman, and music historian. Kev Choice wears many hats, and all of them fit. Blessed with prodigious talent, plus the skill and dedication to his craft to pull it off, the Oakland-based artist is redefining what it means to be a musician in this day and age. Not too many classically-trained pianists who hold Master’s degrees in jazz can rock microphones with blazing-hot 16s. Kev studied jazz in New Orleans in undergrad and grad school. Post-grad school, Choice became an in-demand sideman, recording and touring with the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lyrics Born, Too $hort, Ledisi and Goapele. In 2007, Lauryn Hill asked him to be her musical director, a gig which took him to 12 countries. As a solo artist, he’s opened for Robert Glasper, Mos Def, Digable Planets, DJ Quik, and J Davey. He leads a jazz-hip-hop-funk big band, the Kev Choice Ensemble, in addition to producing and performing his own material, which includes original jazz and classical compositions as well as classical- jazz-, and funk-inspired hip-hop.
The Dynamic Ms. Faye Carol
The Dynamic Ms. Faye Carol began singing as a young girl in Mississippi and to this day, she infuses the blues into everything from Cole Porter to Michelle Legrand songs. She was an influential part of the innovative funk scene in Oakland in the 1960s and formed The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol & Her Trio in the ‘70s. She has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Pharoah Sanders, Albert King, Billy Higgins, Charles Brown, Bobby Hutcherson and many others.
The new millennium marked the beginning of more collaborations for Faye Carol. She's teamed up with artists for various recording projects and live shows such as Marcus Shelby, Howard Wiley, Kev Choice, Martin Luther, Mal Sharpe, Sista Kee, John Santos, and David Murray. Faye Carol had the honor of performing as the voice of Harriet Tubman in Maryland at the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center. The Faye Carol School of The Getdown has become known as a bay area community treasure. Miss Faye continues as an international recording artist, adding to her own catalogue & contributing to numerous colleagues' projects.
A native of Oakland, Terrie Odabi is an award winning blues singer who has performed at the Monterey Blues Festival, Concord Pavilion and Fillmore Jazz Festival to name a few, and opened for Average White Band or Lenny Williams. She won both the 2014 and 2015 Bay Area Regional Finals International Blues Challenge and the 2015 Black Music Award for Best Female Blues Artist. She was also a Memphis International Blues Challenge Semi Finalist in both 2015 and 2014. She performs original stirring blues straight from the soul and her arrangements create a contemporary sound that set off her witty lyrics and powerful voice. She was a 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Soul Blues, Female Artist, and Best Emerging Artist Album for "My Blue Soul."
A versatile singer, musician and entertainer living in Vallejo, Alvon Johnson was a vocalist with the Rock and Roll Hall of fame group The Coasters, and has performed with The Drifters, The Shirelles, Bobby Day of Rocking’ Robin fame, Jimmie Rodgers of Country and Western fame and many well known artists. He has sought out and learned at the feet of such Blues icons as John Lee Hooker, Pee Wee Crayton, Little Joe Blue, Harmonica Fats, Frankie Lee, Guitar Shorty, Lowell Folsom, and Buddy Ace. He is the recipient of the 2015 Music Icon Award from the Black Music Association & Academy of America and 2015 Best Male Blues Artist from the Black Music Association & Academy Of America, and the regional winner of Guitar Centers “King of the Blues” national contest in 2006 and 2007.
Scott Thompson is a dedicated and accomplished musician, composer and educator. Whether he is touring in Brazil, leading workshops in Finland, or teaching master classes, Scott always expresses his joy and enthusiasm for music. Scott has taught at the California Jazz Conservatory, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, UC Berkeley, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, Jazz Camp West, California Brazil Camp, Stanley Intermediate School, the Helsinki Music Centre in Finland, and Festival de Música Instrumental de Teresina in Brazil. He has performed, led workshops, and recorded with many musicians in the United States and Brazil including:
Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, Dick Hindman, Helio Alves, Tiago Costa, Rafael Vernet, Toninho Horta, Dani and Deborah Gurgel, Jovino Santos Neto, Thiago Rabello, Kiko Freitas, Rafael Barata, Leny Andrade, Vitor Gonçalves, Marcio Bahia, Edu Ribeiro, Celso Alberti, and Terence Kelly. Scott has toured internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, and Brazil.
Daria “Shani” Johnson
Daria 'Shani' Johnson is a San Francisco based drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Her dynamic spirit has earned her the title as one of the most sought-after drummers in the Bay Area. On London Street’s debut release “Life through Lyric and Melody” Shani contributed her undeniable abilities to sing, write, arrange and produce, in addition to her drumming. London Street has toured the West Coast and Europe sharing the stage with India Arie, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Brandi Carlile and Ozomatli. She has moved on from London Street to pursue new musical projects including the Daria Johnson Trio.
As an in-demand drummer, Daria 'Shani' Johnson has played with many talented musicians. Her roster includes live performances and studio sessions with Eoin Harrington, Theresa Perez, Esperanza Spalding, Sean Leahy, Four Year Bender, Crystal Monee Hall, Edna Love, Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green), Dan Lebowitz (ALO), Kofy Brown, Vortex Tribe, Vudustu, Papa Mali and Eric McFadden. Daria’s legacy reveals that her talent not only resides when she is on her throne behind the set, but also on the mic, and in the studio.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, under the Musical Direction of Terrence Kelly, was originally founded by Living Jazz in 1986. In 1991, OIGC splintered off to form an independent corporation and has been, since that time, performing, touring and recording. The award-winning Choir’s exquisite harmonies and stirring gospel repertoire have led to performances with a wide variety of esteemed groups, such as Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel; the Five Blind Boys of Alabama; and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The Choir also appears on Grammy-winning albums by Linda Ronstadt, MC Hammer, Tramaine Hawkins, and others. The 70-voice choir is a six-time winner of the Gospel Academy Award for Best Community Choir of the Year, and recipient of the Gold Award at the International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, a California Music Award of Special Recognition for Excellence, and a City of Oakland Key to Creativity.
Living Jazz Children’s Project
The Living Jazz Children’s Project is a music education program provided free of charge by Living Jazz to Title One Oakland public elementary schools with little or no access to the arts. This season, we are proud to serve over 300 children from Cleveland, Glenview and Carl B. Munk elementary schools. Schools are selected because of the diversity of the population and the lack of funding for cultural programming. The MLK Tribute event will showcase the culmination of the children’s work under the musical direction of Terrence Kelly and accompanist Ben Heveroh. LJCP provides a number of important services for underserved children: access to a high quality music fundamental program, exposure to the teachings of Dr. King, and an exciting opportunity to showcase their accomplishments by performing at a high profile public event alongside professional artists.