Vocalist Linda Ricketts presents an evening of jazz standards, ballads, a taste of blues, and a toast to say ‘thank you’ for continuing to support her along her music path. She will be joined by George Spencer (trumpet), Calvin Keys (guitar), Glen Pearson (piano), Mark Williams (bass), and Leon Joyce, Jr. (drums).
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
Please purchase tickets early, seated is limited.
$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
"Love is in the air and I feel excited to emerge from winter’s gray into the vibrant colors of spring amid all the possibilities that linger in the smell of cherry blossoms, freshly cut grass, and the crisp air after the rain. I sway to the lingering melodies that chronicle past loves, long talks and stolen kisses, and I believe in the promise that new love brings. Some call it lovesick, but I know it's just a case of spring fever, I’ve got it bad... and that is good! "
With roots deep in the music of the African American tradition, vocalist Linda Kay Ricketts' unique blend of gospel, spirituals, jazz and blues is the perfect compliment to her rich contralto voice. Ricketts is fast becoming one of the Bay Area's favorite vocalists. No stranger to the stage or the studio, Ricketts has performed with such greats as the late Ed Kelly, Calvin Keys, Robert Stewart, Ricardo Scales, Linda Rhondstadt, OIGC, Bill Bell, John Turk, Rhonda Benin, and was a featured artist at San Rafael’s Throckmorton Theatre. She has performed throughout the U.S. , in France ,West Africa, and in South America at the request of the U.S. Embassy. In 2012 she performed at Carnegie Hall with composer Jacqui Hairston, and in 2014 was the featured artist at Napa Valley’s Black Coyote Winery. lindaricketts.com/
On the heels of the 50th anniversary performance of the Junius Courtney Big Band where he is the pianist and music director, George Spencer assumes his usual spot with Linda Kay & Friends but his time on the trumpet. Jazbeau, as many know him, is an educator, musician, composer and producer. Former music director for the Whispers, music director/road manager for the late Esther Phillips, he has played national and international stages at Switzerland’s Bern International Jazz, Italy’s Umbria International Jazz, Japan’s UMK Jazz, Montery Jazz, Montery Blues, Houston International Jazz, Vancouver Jazz, and the New Orleans By-the- Bay Festival, just to name a few, and has performed with such legendary artists as Nina Simone, Mc Coy Tyner, Martha Reeves, Lennie Williams, Brook Benton, Jerry Butler, Tammi Terrell, John Handy and Oscar Brown Junior.
After the 2017 release of his 14th album, Calvin Keys joins the ‘Spring Fever’ experience on Saturday night, April 22nd. A favorite with Linda Kay & Friends, Calvin performs frequently with this Bay Area singer weaving the artistry of his guitar between the vocals and into the very fabric of the music. Known for his lean and muscular style, this Bay Area virtuoso guitarist is internationally known for his performances and recordings with greats such as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Marshall, Sonny Stitt, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson and Leon Williams to name a few.
Pianist Glen Pearson has brought sensitivity and expression to the widest variety of music imaginable. His performances on stage, television, radio, and in recording studios have included his well known position as principle keyboardist for Regina Belle, as well as pianist and orchestrator with such notables as Jimmy Scott, Ernestine Anderson, Dianne Reeves, Marlena Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Delfeayo Marsalis, James Moody, Frank Morgan, Chico Freeman and Will Downing. Mr. Pearson also served for eleven years as the Musical/Band Director for the world renowed Boy’s Choir of Harlem. A native of Oakland, California, Glen is the current head of music studies at the College of Alameda. He began studying piano at age six and was playing professionally by age fifteen. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University as well as a Master of Arts degree from New York University. Additionally, he has been the recipient of several honors including the prestigious Eubie Blake Memorial Scholarship Award. Glen’s recording credits are numerous, most notably an award winning jazz album by percussionist Babatundae Lea. He has also appeared both on record and in videos with Will Downing and Gerald Albright. He has worked both on and off Broadway with Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Arthur Miller, Patrick Stewart and George Wolfe. He appeared at Chez Hanny in 2009 with vocalist Dima.
Mark Williams is a native of San Francisco, California, Mark's bass playing can be best summed up as a representation of the rich musical influences that have been enjoyed in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 30 years. Studied under the tutelage of the 1st African-American classical bassist in the Boston Symphony, Dr. Ortiz Walton. He has toured with the legendary trombonist, Julian Priester and Eddie Henderson, trumpeter (Herbie Hancock); Pharoah Sanders, saxophonist; Sonny Simmons, saxophonist; Bobby Hutchinson vibraphones; . His record album credits include Saya Saito, Japanese pianist; Lady Memphis, Jazz blues vocalist; Robert Stewart, saxophonist; Calvin Keyes, jazz guitarist;Bobby Hutcherson, Julian Priester. He has performed with other Bay Area artists India Cook, jazz violinist; and Destiny Mohammed, harpist from the hood. Currently Mark can be found performing at the Palace Hotel San Francisco .
As a drummer Leon Joyce, Jr., has worked for a wide variety of top artists. A short list would include Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Scott Hamilton, Smokey Robinson, Norman Connors, Tom Browne, Teena Marie, Howard Hewitt, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Yve Evans,, Monty Alexander, Barry Harris, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, James Carter, Clark Terry, Conti Condoli, Ellis Marsalis, Larry Coryell, Pete Fountain, Barbara Morrison, Patti LaBelle & Mary Wilson. Leon is currently a regular with the Leon Joyce Trio, Quartet and Quintet, the Sista Monica Band, the Jamie Davis Quintet, the Destiny Muhammid Jazz Trio and the 57thStreet Gallery House Band. He also freelances in and around the San Francisco Bay area with numerous other artists. As a percussionist, he has performed under the direction of Carmen Dragon, Claude T. Smith, Dr. Larry Curtis, Cooleridge Taylor Perkinson & Bill Russo. leonjoycejr.com