8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California Jazz Conservatory
Russell Ferrante is joined by Laurie Antonioli for an evening of inspired original music with fresh lyrics written by Antonioli to the compositions of Ferrante, Shifflett and Lewis as well as some exciting instrumental music from Russell’s vast archive from the Yellowjackets and beyond.
Russell Ferrante is one of the founding members of the Grammy-winning group Yellowjackets. He has written with and produced records for Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks, Diane Reeves, Rita Coolidge, Sadao Watanabe, Marilyn Scott, Kevyn Lettau, Eric Marienthal, and Sergio Salvatore among others. He has also arranged for Take 6, The GRP Big Band, Lee Ritenour, and many others. russellferrante.com
No American jazz singer has traversed a wider array of musical territory over the past five years than the Bay Area’s Laurie Antonioli. Exploring with her vaunted American Dreams Band, she organically transforms any song into a possibility-filled jazz vehicle, a journey that culminated most recently in 2014’s critically hailed “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” (Origin), an album based on the extraordinary music of Joni Mitchell. Her critically acclaimed recordings span almost 30 years and she continues to surprise with each new project.
“It’s not hyperbole to say that Laurie Antonioli is emerging as the most important vocalist, let alone jazz vocalist, this decade. Let us hope for much more music from this brilliant constellation in the west.” C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz