Celebrating the divine in us combining jazz standards with positive lyrics of love expressed by Cheri and Mary, along with vocal stylist and musician friends of Cheri Anderson, a member of the Musically Minded Academy Faculty, and Mary Watkins, Bay Area Pianist Extraordinaire.
Cheri Anderson, Wajeedah Hameed, Tori Quinn and Anna Maria Flechero, vocals;
Mary Watkins, piano;
Trevelyn Lee, drums.
Lillie Robinson, Bass
Nzingah Smith, Saxophone and Flute
A concert on a vocalist perspective of standard jazz, contemporary jazz, plus R&B.
Cheri Anderson, Cheri “Note” Anderson is a silky smooth singer/songwriter who artfully blends classic Jazz, contemporary Jazz, and R & B, with lyrics that are rooted in love. Her unique style, she has coined as “Jazzin’ the Spirit”, is a fusion of Jazz and inspirational music. Each song, be it original or standard, is belted with the smoothness of Nancy Wilson and the huskiness of Phyllis Hyman, in a range that reaches five octaves! Her music has been described as rich, rhythmic, sassy, and enlightening.
Cheri is a former member of Funk-a-fied (later became known as Midnight Star) and has opened for Nancy Wilson, Maxi Priest, Phil Perry, and E.W.F. Patrice Rushen produced earlier projects. She has also performed with Benny Maupin of "Head Hunters" fame, and has jammed with Roy Ayers, Jennifer Lewis, and Billy Mitchell.
Her mission is to inspire people in thinking more positively about life, living their lives fully, and being "in love" with the blessings of life. Her passion is sharing this through music. Her CD "Jazzin' the Spirit" is played on Unity Radio, Positive Music Radio, ITunes, and Myspace.
An eclectic composer who works comfortably in both the classical and jazz traditions, Mary Watkins draws no firm boundaries around any one style. Elements of blues, gospel, county/folk, and pop slip easily into her work, and her versatility as a composer, arranger, pianist and producer is reflected in the pieces she has composed for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, film, and the theater. Born in Denver, Watkins began her formal musical training when she was four, and by the age of eight was already starting to improvise and compose short piano pieces. After receiving a degree in music composition from Howard University in 1972, she performed with jazz combos in the Washington, D.C. area, then moved out to the west coast and established her own jazz quartet. Several albums, and numerous commissions and awards, soon followed. Notable among Watkins' many compositions is the jazz score for the musical play "Lady Lester Sings the Blues," based on the life of Lester Young, and "The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie," a jazz adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet.
Trevelyn Lee has been performing and touring throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with R&B, jazz, rock and gospel bands for more than 20 years. Founding member of several all female bands such as “After Six” “Double Take”, “Girl Talk”, and “Seven Shades” and most recently the Neo_Soul all female band "Shock Value". Currently in a Spiritual R&B jazz funk band called “The Thing Itself.” She has performed live stage shows for Pippa Flemings "Living in the Mainstream" "The Ms. K I A Chronicles" Endangered Species Project. Trevelyn is now the drumer for Fertile Concept.
Bio coming soon!
Afro-Filipina Anna Maria Flechero was born and raised in San Francisco. In her early 20’s Anna Maria co-founded Blessed Soul, a 13-piece Latin jazz band with a long-time friend that performed at concerts on the same bill with such heavyweights as Santana, Pete Escovedo, Malo, and Graham Central Station. She was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “modern day blues singer. Anna Maria lived in Fukuoka Japan for four months where she performed at an internationally known club named Blackberrys. While there, she sat in and sang one night with jazz greats Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins and Tony Dumas. In 2008, Anna Maria released her second CD, Within The Fourteenth Hour, featuring jazz luminary Cedar Walton. Within The Fourteenth Hour is a 10-track CD of well-known jazz and pop standards improvised plus one original, “Pretty Soon.” Jazz Police wrote, “Anna Maria’s incomparable voice creates a voyage from start to finish, each song having its own specialty and flavor to truly create a diverse passage from track to track, but it is in the final cut, ‘Pretty Soon,’ where we get a full view of Anna’s abilities as a lyricist and composer....Musically, Anna Maria has created a beautiful composition that is texturally stunning and harmonically rich.” Music reviewer Paul Freeman of the Palo Alto Daily News seems to agree: “San Francisco jazz singer Anna Maria Flechero delivers an outstanding set. The soul and sophistication of her voice brings new meaning to such standards as ‘Misty’ and ‘I Wish You Love.’ Richly realized arrangements and production enhance her performances. The bonus track, ‘Pretty Soon,’ is a Flechero original that holds its own in the company of classic tunes.”
When & Where
Musically Minded Academy
Phone: 510 601 5700