Musically Minded AcademyPresents…
Featured Artist Concert Series
SUMMER JAZZ OVATIONS
with Jazzi Jan and Friends
From smooth to soft and sultry tones to belting blues and gospel moans, Jazzi Jan promises to deliver a posh excursion of sound.
Come enjoy the amazing sounds of this powerhouse revue!
Janice M. Beard a.k.a. Jazzi Jan is a local Jazz vocalist, born and reared in Peoria, Illinois, claims the Bay Area is as her home since residing here for over 40 years. As a young adult she has performed in many local night spots singing R&B. Reared under a gospel music influence, Jan started singing at the tender age of five. At age 10 she began traveling extensively throughout the United States singing with four of her siblings as “The Beard Singers”, the group later dissolved as one of her siblings left the group to become a member a popular group “The 5th Dimension” Jan relocated to California and sang lead vocals on her first recording with a gospel choir at Sunset Studios, in Hollywood, Ca.
After being whisked off to the Bay Area, she sang back up vocals for the R&B group named “UNEAK”,for their debut album”Pink Heat”. After years of singing R&B, she began to stretch her musical talents to include other styles of singing. Jazz became her true calling. Jan’s inspiration to sing Jazz, came from listening to the works of several Jazz greats such as Sarah Vaughn,Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday.
Pianist Tammy L. Hall began playing at age four. It was more than apparent that Music had chosen her.
Tammy’s grandparents pooled their resources and paid for her private instruction and after graduation from the Hockaday School she attended Mills College thanks to the four year scholarship awarded her.
Since 1985, Tammy has worked as a solo artist as well as accompanist in the Bay Area as well as throughout the world including Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, New York, Tokyo Paris, Mexico and Italy. Venues include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Herbst Theater, Lincoln Center, Jazz At Pearl’s, Yoshi’s, The Rrazz Room, Sala Filharmonica at Trento, the New York Bar and Grill at Tokyo’s Park Hyatt Hotel.
Tammy has just released a new CD: Blue Soul She continues to live and work in the Bay Area, accompanying and sharing Music with such Luminaries as Etta Jones (deceased), David ‘Fathead’ Newman(deceased) Houston Person, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Darlene Love, Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Pamela Rose, Veronica Klaus, Linda Tillery, Nicolas Bearde, Lynn Asher, Lisa Ferraro, Janice Beard.
Vicky Grossi is a violin, viola and electric bass instructor at Musically Minded Academy. She has performed with members of Tower of Power, Santana, Buddy Guy Band, The Headhunters, Lakeside, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco and Grammy Nominees Manuel Romero and PC Munoz. Vicky is a master of both improvisation and composition.
Sue Kaye: Percussionist
Sue Kaye (Suki) has been playing conga drums, Ngomas, and other percussion for 35 years. Originally from New York, Suki has studied with many master drummers from the Congo, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Trinidad, and more. She has played with a variety of groups including Montuno Groove, Omeyocan, Zakiya Hooker, Samba Ngo, Bole Bantu, Azucar con Ache, and Rita Lackey and friends.
The styles she plays are a mix of African, Caribbean, Latin, Jazz, both folkloric and popular styles. Suki has also been a dance accompanist and educator, and she is happiest when playing drums!
MARLON GREEN: DRUMMER AND PERCUSSIONIST
You can hang the sunshine in his time……says Jules Broussard about Marlon Green-his drummer of choice.
Native Californian, Marlon Green, became fascinated with the happy, solid rhythms of marching Bands when he was a boy. This fascination prompted Green to put aside his study of the saxophone andConcentrate wholly on playing drums. Lucky for us!
Marlon began his career with his brothers creating “the Green Brothers Band” His career in music spans over fourty-year period and his expertise covers many genres,including R&B,gospel,rock,blues and jazz. Over the past fourty- years, Marlon Green has contributed his skills and enthusiasm to many major San Francisco Bay Area Bands. In addition to Jules Brossard, Marlon has played and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Zakiya Hooker, Johnny Tolbert, & De Thangs, Marcia Remas, Rod Sherrell, Marvin Holmes E.C.Scott, Brenda Vaughn and Tremaine Hawkins.
In addition to performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, he has toured throughout the United States and internationally, including Canada, Japan, Argentina,Thailand and the Carribean.
Green’s special blend of time and taste brings him today into the myriad world of jazz music and jazz layers. Here, he is rapidly gaining the attention and appreciation of players and audiences alike, while he maintains his immaculate perception of time, his positive approach to the music and his apparent delight in participation.