JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Clairdee with the Ken French Trio

Please join us on Saturday, November 2nd at 8pm for the second of the new Jazz in the Neighborhood Vocal series, featuring captivating jazz vocalist Clairdee with the Ken French Trio: Ken French, piano; Doug Miller, bass; Jim Zimmerman, drum. The evening begins with an opening performance by young jazz vocalist Jo Im.

“In the tradition of all great vocalists, Clairdee infuses her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself.” —Nancy Wilson

ClairdeeIf you haven’t yet experienced Clairdee in concert, you’re in for a treat.

Clairdee possesses a beautiful, generous spirit that carries over into her song craft. On stage, she comports herself with effortless grace. She is unpretentious, charming and charismatic, and her performances convey a welcoming air of hospitality. Each member of the audience feels as if we’ve been invited to a cool, convivial party, and Clairdee is our elegant hostess.

Clairdee’s vocal gifts are many. Her soulfully alluring style and rich vocal timbre reveal roots in the gospel church. She has an intimate, vulnerable and gentle way with a ballad, yet can swing or shout at will. Clairdee is that most exciting kind of jazz singer — the kind who always keeps a little rousing R&B in her back pocket.

Finally, as a song stylist and interpreter of lyrics, Clairdee is unmatched. Her diction is incredibly precise (all too rare today). She is aware of the meaning and feeling behind every phrase, all of which she communicates with winning sincerity and warmth.

Since 2012, The Emerald Tablet has hosted top notch jazz evenings every second Friday under the stewardship of master trumpet player and teacher Mario Guarneri, and his organization Jazz in the Neighborhood. Please click here to see some examples of the talented musicians who have performed at The Emerald Tablet under the aegis of Jazz in the Neighborhood.

The Bay Area is home to many incredible jazz musicians who’ve devoted their lives to developing their craft and attaining the highest artistic levels. Jazz in the Neighborhood is an important step towards creating an environment where these accomplished professionals can nurture a great American art form in dignity and respect, while delighting audiences of all ages. The Emerald Tablet is proud to provide its resources, on a regular basis, to help this dream to become a reality.

JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Clairdee with the Ken French Trio 
Saturday November 2nd 2013. 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$20 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
All door donations go to the musicians! Delicious complimentary food. Drinks by donation.

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