Linda Tillery & the Freedom Band perform music of protest, resistance, and liberation. The turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s inspired many African-American songwriters to create music that reflected the frustrations, hope, and determination of black people in the U.S. Join us for a wonderful evening of inspiring and invigorating songs of resistance and love.
Linda Tillery – vocals
Tammy Hall-Hawkins – piano
Ray Obiedo – guitar
Ruth Davies – bass
Leon Joyce Jr. – drums
Javier Navarrette – percussion
Linda is a Bay Area native and Grammy nominee. She was one of the original members of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra and has been instrumental in the women’s music movement. For the last 25 years Linda has led the Cultural Heritage Choir, touring the world to preserve and share African-American roots music.
The all-woman jazz quintet Alive! has played a unique and formative role in both women’s music and jazz. Alive! wows audiences with its infectious rhythms, stunning vocals, innovative arrangements, and intelligent original compositions.
With the help of the late, great Helen Keane, music manager for jazz notables including Bill Evans, Joanne Brackeen, and Paquito D’Rivera, Alive! forged a road out of the ’70s San Francisco music scene into the international jazz community. Alive! has four recordings to its credit: Alive!, Call It Jazz, City Life, and a compilation album, Always Alive!
Band members include Barbara Borden on drum set and percussion, Carolyn Brandy on congas and percussion, Susanne DiVincenzo on acoustic bass and cello, and Rhiannon on vocals and percussion. Tammy Hall is on piano, replacing Janet Small, the original pianist for Alive!, who passed away in 2010.