"Celebrating Women Musicians"
A Concert Series at Musically Minded Academy
Inspiring Musical Excellence Through Positive Role Models...
CD Release Party, "Journey"
A concert celebrating the 2012 release of Angie's debut CD, "Journey," which is a collection of jazz standards and original material for piano trio. Appearing with Fred Randolph on bass and Billy Jones on drums, both of whom also contributed to the cd.
Jazz piano trio, Angie Spinelli on piano, Fred Randolph on bass, and Billy Jones on drums will play selections from the CD including diverse styles of music: classic jazz & blues to Latin and contemporary modern jazz.
Angie Spinelli, an accomplished classically-trained concert pianist and jazz improviser, has been playing since she was four years old. She studied classical piano performance with Howard Karp at the University of Wisconsin under full music scholarship and won competitions including the UW Beethoven Competition and UW Concerto Competition. She continued her musical studies in jazz piano and Latin/salsa music with pianist Raul Yanez in Phoenix, AZ before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007.
Angie easily crosses genres from jazz to Latin, R&B, Funk, adult contemporary/pop/rock, and hip-hop/dance music. She plays with Latin/funk band Third Sol and the all-girl jazz and R&B group The Girlz with a Z and has collaborated with vocalists & instrumentalists such as Amanda King, Kerry Campbell, Kenny Washington, Crystal Monee Hall, Branice McKenzie, and Rhonda Benin, among others. Angie has performed at venues around the bay including the Fillmore Jazz Festival, CAL-EXPO State Fair, the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, the Top Of The Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, and Anna's Jazz Island in Berkeley. Her debut jazz CD, Journey, released in 2012, includes two original compositions and has been featured on the radio station KDUZ in her home state of Minnesota.
Bassist, composer, arranger, and educator Fred Randolph currently leads The Fred Randolph Quintet and performs with many of the Bay Area’s finest jazz orchestras and musicians, including the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem Brasileira, Michael Smolens’s Kriya, Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap, Kenny Washington, Marcos Silva, and Frank Martin. He has played at the World Music Festival in Shanghai, Vallejo Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. He leads the jazz program at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland.
Drummer Billy Jones hails from Philadelphia and has toured and performed with many of the great jazz artists such as Grover Washington, Jr., Stanley Clarke, George Young, Eddie Gomez, and Cecil Bridgewater, among others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and worked on several music theater shows on Broadway in New York as well as Philadelphia theaters and Atlantic City casino shows. He has been featured in Modern Drummer magazine and has an extensive list of studio recording work for cd, film & soundtrack production, with artists including Little Jimmy Scott, George Genna, and Brian Trainor. He performs and teaches around the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas.
Celebrating Women Musicians Concert Series
Inspiring musical excellence through positive role models...
This concert is part of Musically Minded Academy's Celebrating Women Musicians Concert Series. The purpose of this series is to highlight the talents of local female musicians to inspire musicial excellence through positive role models. Many celebrated local musicians will be featured on this great series!
August 10th, 8 pm -- Nina Ott with NO4: Nina Ott, piano and organ. Alan Hall, drums. Chris Lopes, bass. Eric Crystal, sax. Progressive latin jazz! A dynamic blend of detailed orchestrated compositions and spontaneous improvisation! Tix $12/$8 in advance or $15/$12 at door.
September 9th, 2 pm -- Angie Spinelli "Journey" CD Release Party: Angie Spinelli, piano. Billy Jones, drums. Fred Randolph, bass. Premier concert celebrating the 2012 release of Musically Minded Faculty Member Angie Spinelli's debut CD, "Journey," a collection of jazz standards and original material for piano trio.Tix $12/$8 in advance or $15/$12 at door.
October 28th, 8 pm -- Cheri Anderson and Mary Watkins, "Jazzin' the Spirit": Cheri Anderson, vocals. Mary Watkins, pianist. Trevelyn Lee, drums. Featuring Musically Mnded Factulty Member, Cheri Anderson--this concert will celebrate the divine in us combining jazz standards with positive lyrics of love. Tix $15/$8 in advance or $20/$12 at door.
November 18th, 5 pm -- Mary Jenson, "Beyond Jazz": Mary Jenson, vocals; Steve Carter, keys; Jeff Chamber, bass. A fusion of Modern jazz from the pioneers of the last 40 years! Featuring the music of signature composers ranging from Chick Corea to today’s rising star Gregory Porter. Mary’s originals from her 2011 release BEYOND will also be highlighted.
December 8th, 8 pm -- Lisa B, "First Night of Chanukah: Songs for Chanukah, Christmas, and the Solstice": Lisa B, singer and poet. Alan Hall, drums. Fred Randolph, bass. Celebrating the holidays through song and spoken word! Tix $12/$8 in advance or $15/$12 at door.
January 13th, 3 pm -- Laura Klein, and Bay Area JazzWomen: Laura Klein, piano. Kasey Knudsen, saxophone. Kelly Kaufman, bass, Kelly Fassman, drums. Pianist/composer Laura Klein will perform original music and new arrangements of jazz standards. Tix $12/$8 in advance or $15/$12 at door.
January 26th -- Caroline Altman, "Reading of a New Musical": Caroline Altman, Composer; Patricia Milton, Playwright. Featuring singers Caroline Altman, Dyan McBride, and John-Patrick Moore. In this compelling new musical, artists Nan and Chloe discover the inherent sacrifices and joyful realizations that accompany the pursuit of truth in art and life while shining a light too closely on a community that resists discovery. Is the danger of truthful art worth the risk?
February 16th, 2013 -- Lua Hadar, vocalist: Music Director Jason Martineau on piano with bass, drums, reeds, percussion. Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of international standards, performing original numbers and presenting songs in different languages. Lua has charmed audiences from Yoshi’s to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris.
March 3rd, 3 pm-- Pollyanna Bush & Raz Kennedy: The ProRrazone Love Project: Details coming soon!
Saturday, April 6th, 5 pm: Daria Jazz, vocals with Jonathan Alford, piano; Sam Bevan, Bass; Jean Michel Huré; guitar; Michaelle Goerlitz, Percussion TBA. Strawberry Fields Forever: A fusion of Jazz, Brazilian, Blues and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Songs by the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Djavan, Jobim and other tunes from the 60's/70's plus originals.
May 19th, 2013: Soprano Maria Mikheyenko & Mezzo-Soprano Crystal Philippi. Pianist TBA. An eclectic evening of Classical Opera favorites with arias and duets by composers such as Mozart & Puccini, Cabaret and Broadway hits by Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and others, Russian Romances by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, as well as premieres of brand new compositions by bay area composers. A delightful potpourri that's sure to have something for everyone!