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Tammi Brown

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The Back Room

1984 Bonita Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94704

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As Nancy Smith describes it, she fell into music writing quite by accident. With no formal training, Nancy sat at the piano four years ago to practice for her upcoming piano lesson. But instead of focusing on the task at hand, she began to hear lyrics and melodies. With the encouragement of listeners and musicians alike, Nancy kept writing. Inspired by love and loss, beautiful tunes were given birth, tunes which ranged in style from jazz to Latin to gospel. This CD release concert celebrates the culmination of Nancy’s first body of work.

Our featured singer, Tammi Brown, has recorded all of Nancy’s songs. Tammi’s stunning vocals are well recognized in the Bay Area and internationally. With her roots in gospel, Tammi delivers tunes with emotion, vocal versatility, exquisite phrasing, and soulful interpretation. This evening, she will combine her love of gospel with her passion for jazz tunes. She will be singing many of her favorite jazz standards in her own unique style. She will also be introducing many of the original works from Nancy Smith.

Joining us for this fantastic evening will be the talented musicians who were involved in the project from its inception. We will have the very versatile vocalist, percussionist and producer Bryan Dyer from SoVoSo, Linda Tillery, and many other Bay Area groups. Also joining us will be the skillful, creative, grammy nominated keyboardist Murray Low, whose influence can be heard on all of Nancy’s recordings. We are also delighted to have Aaron Germain on bass, a man who has been instrumental in this project, and finally the incredibly talented Deszon Claiborne on drums.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

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