Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present
Performs Nina Simone & More
Enjoy an elegant evening of music with vocalist Tammi Brown along with award winning pianist Dan Zemelman, as they join forces as the ‘Art of the Duo’ to celebrate and perform music by Nina Simone, original music by the award winning “Lost American Jazzbook” project, as well as their arrangements of notable jazz standards. Special Guests include the internationally renowned vocalist Nicolas Bearde and Mr. Terrance Kelly, director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.
$20 General Admission
Tammi Brown has performed with some of the most notable Music Industry Icons known to the world including renowned Music Producer, Quincy Jones, Stanley Jordan, Dr. Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Spyro Gyra, and Eric Bibb to name a few. She is currently a vocalist in the two-time Grammy Award nominated Vocal Ensemble, The Cultural Heritage Choir led by the Legendary, Linda Tillery, and, most recently, selected to be the new ‘Voice’ for the award-winning ‘Lost American Jazzbook’ project. Drenched in the uplifting and sultry sounds of Gospel and Jazz music, Tammi Brown’s voice is filled with rich tones, elegant phrasing, and vocal versatility. She gracefully delivers a soulful, heartfelt rendition of songs in several genres that include Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Pop, and Rock. Tammi’s music journey has placed her on several stages in more than ten countries worldwide.
Dan Zemelman is a leader and innovator of jazz music in the San Francisco bay area scene. In 1998 Dan participated in the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program and toured India and Sri Lanka sponsored by the US State Department, representing America’s jazz tradition through teaching and performances. After moving from Chicago to the San Francisco area in 2001, Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker’s final studio album Face to Face and toured with daughter and blues vocalist, Zakiya Hooker. Dan studied under the tutilege of legendary jazz bassist Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin and along with winning an award there as Best Jazz Artist in 1998. Dan is currently a successful bandleader, having performed at the acclaimed Yoshi's Jazz Club three times as a leader as well as at festivals such as the Angra Jazz Festival, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the SF Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival and many more. As an in-demand jazz pianist in the SF bay area, he plays regularly with top bay area jazz icons like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis as well as his own trio featuring Zach Ostroff on bass and Alan Hall on drums. As a teacher and clinician, Dan has been on the faculty at several major jazz institutions including Stanford Jazz Institute, Jazzcamp West, The California Jazz Conservatory and Lafayette Jazz Camp.
Recording artist, Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal mileu over this past decade. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. From the international stages of jazz festivals/performances at North Sea, Montreaux, Beijing, Moscow and London to famed jazz clubs such as: Birdland in NY, Blue Note in Napa, SF Jazz Center and Yoshi’s, Nicolas has received rave reviews for his vocal prowess. He has recorded 5 solo albums on the Right Groove Label, his latest CD “ Invitation” having soared to #16 on the Jazz Week Charts, with a 6th album to be released in early 2019 that will capture the essence of Nat “King” Cole, (as the 100th Anniversary of his birth approaches). In addition to Holiday classics and carols, Nicolas will also delve into some of Nat’s timeless hits for this performance nicolasbearde.com
Terrance Kelly has been called everything from “a man of great passion and conviction” to a “demanding taskmaster” to “an absolute musical genius.” And to prove them all, he has garnered extensive credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and jubilant emotion make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger. His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet, and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks. In addition, he wrote or arranged most of the music on each Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir album. oigc.org/terrance-kelly