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17th Annual Night of Jazz at Yoshi's
Scholarship Fundraiser - Support the Future of Jazz
A Bay Area tradition since 2000, the Annual Night of Jazz brings together prominent performers and composers of jazz with CSU East Bay students in order to make great music together while raising funds to allow for future CSU East Bay students to study jazz. This year's special guest artist is tenor saxophonist and drummer Howard Wiley.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Performance begins at 8:00 p.m.
All tickets are $20 · Visit Yoshi's Oakland or call Yoshi's at 510-238-9200
Guest Artists - Tiffany Austin and Teodross Avery
· Vocalist Tiffany Austin's tradition-rooted yet totally modern style has established her as one of the fastest rising jazz stars in Northern California. Before earning a law degree at U.C. Berkeley, she'd performed on three continents—around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in England, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo. However, instead of taking the bar exam, she decided instead to devote her life to her first love—music.
Austin's music and voice draw upon influences such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, yet she also infuses songs with her own signature style that is precise, intelligent, and soulful. In fact, her arrangements vary from classic swing to contemporary R&B à la Robert Glasper or Jose James. Her emotional and nuanced delivery has caught the attention of eminent artists, whom she has joined onstage: vibraphonist Roy Ayers at Motion Blue (Japan), drummer Tommy Campbell at the Blue Note (NYC), and saxophonist John Handy for a three-night engagement at Dizzy’s (NYC) commemorating his 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival performance.
Her much-anticipated debut recording, Nothing But Soul, has received a warm reception from audiences and critics alike, including a four-star DownBeat Magazine review, a feature on NPR’s Fresh Air radio program, and inclusion on KQED’s Top 10 Bay Area Jazz Releases of 2015 list. She has also been featured in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury, and Oakland Magazine.
· As a musician, Teodross “Teo” Avery stands as one who defines live music—best experienced front row, and full throttle. His commanding presence, on stage and off, reflects his musical ingenuity and skill. With an outstanding pedigree, both professionally and academically, Teo is a young saxophonist to watch, as evidenced by many of today’s biggest names in music relying on his wide musical reach.
While growing up in Oakland and Vacaville, California, Teo’s parents exposed him to a wide range of musical including traditional African music, Soul, Rock, and Jazz. At ten, his father started him with classical guitar lessons. Jolted by the sound of John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps,' Teo switched to the saxophone. As a testament to his young promise, the great Wynton Marsalis purchased a saxophone for him. Teo eventually won a full music scholarship at 17 to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
While at Berklee, renowned A&R exec, Carl Griffin of GRP/Impulse Records, heard of Teo's new cutting edge sound and eventually signed him at 19, stating, "I was so thoroughly impressed with his lyricism and writing talent". In 1994, Teo launched his first album In Other Words, which was welcomed by critical acclaim, including a five star review in USA Today. Still an undergraduate, Teo was now feverishly in demand by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Ramsey Lewis. He balanced all of these demands and completed college while on the road in 1995.
After graduating, with a wealth of professional experience to add, Teo did what any other talented musician would do – he tackled New York City. He landed a performing role in the successful film Love Jones in 1995. He then launched his second album, My Generation, under the GRP/Impulse label, in 1996. He performed with the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Leela James, Roy Ayers, Mos Def, and the late great Betty Carter, among many other great musicians. Lauryn Hill requested him as a member of her sold-out world tour from 1998 to 1999. On the heel of the Lauryn Hill tour, Teo was invited in 2000 to tour with the mega rock group Matchbox Twenty.
As a composer and producer, Teo has amassed a stunning number of credits, which include the feature films Beauty Shop, Brown Sugar, Love Jones, as well as the documentary The N Word (Tivo). He has also written music for Amy Winehouse’s debut album, Frank (Island Records). His television performances include: American Idol, MTV’s TRL, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The CBS Morning Show with Epic Recording Artist, Shakira (2006), VHI, Regis & Kelly with Leela James (2005); The Essence Awards, Soul Train Awards, Source Awards, Saturday Night Live, MTV Awards, Billboard Music Awards with Lauryn Hill (1998-99). For more information, please visit www.teodrossavery.com.
The Jazz Program of the CSU East Bay Music Department celebrates the 17th anniversary of its Night of Jazz scholarship fundraiser at Oakland’s Yoshi’s Jazz Club. All proceeds from the Annual Night of Jazz benefit CSU East Bay's Music Department scholarship funds and special event funds.
Previous Guest Artists
- 2015 - Howard Wiley, saxophone
- 2014 - Mike Olmos, trumpet; and Marvin McFadden, trumpet
- 2013 - Lenny Pickett, saxophone
- 2012 - Marvin Stamm, trumpet
- 2011 - Dave Eshelman, trombonist, composer
- 2010 - Marcus Shelby, bassist, composer
- 2009 - Dayna Stephens, saxophone
- 2008 - Ralph Alessi, trumpet
- 2007 - Gregg Field, drums and Shelly Berg, piano
- 2006 - Jamie Davis, vocalist and alumnus of the Count Basie Orchestra
- 2005 - Warren Gale, Jr., trumpet
- 2004 - Kim Richmond, composer, arranger, saxophone
- 2003 - Gordon Goodwin, composer, arranger, saxophone
- 2002 - Peter Erskine, drummer and composer
- 2001 - Maria Schneider, composer and conductor; and Dann Zinn, woodwinds
- 2000 - Gerald Wilson, conductor; Anthony Wilson, guitar; and Dann Zinn, woodwinds