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Jazz: ROBERTA BAUM and Friends Appearing Wed Jan 31st 2018 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door

Blue Moon Jazz Spells

Michael Jefry Stevens piano
Zack Page bass
Rick Dilling drums 

Special Guest ~ Poet 
Gavin Dillard 

 ROBERTA BAUM Is a critically acclaimed jazz vocalist in Downbeat and Musician Magazine. She is a grant recipient from the National Endowment of the Arts and Meet The Composer. She has composed music for Television and Dance Theater including Lifetime Television’s Intimate Portraits and Erick Hawkins dancer / choreographer James Reedy

Those who have heard her know she bewitches her audiences with unusual phrasing, repertoire choices, and other worldly sounds and
syllables calling to mind ancient languages. Always a thrilling adventure inside the world of jazz standards and broadway show tunes, yet behind the free spirit lies a wealth of serious intent, as Roberta has spent serious time with the work of vocal greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter. 

Born in Brooklyn NY Roberta's career as a jazz vocalist started in the late 1970's fronting bands with rising young jazz musicians Fred Hersch, Anthony Davis and Kenny Barron.

In 1979 Roberta was discovered and taken under wing by jazz giant Ornette Coleman. Roberta’s original songs blend free jazz and pop music in a style that is way ahead of the times. Coleman produced her single “ Is This Creation “and arranged Roberta’s concert debut at the New York Public Theater’ s New Music Series in 1980.

  “ Brooklyn born Roberta Baum is one of the most fascinating vocal stylists to emerge in many years, with an exceptional feeling for rhythm and textures and a commanding sense of swing. Like Abbey Lincoln, she has great theatrical presence – relying more on subtle rendering of the lyrics than on diva’s chops-and often interjects conversational tones and cadences into her choruses, going more for the emotional effect than the scale tones of the song. Its always music because she has an uncanny way of modulating into neighboring key centers, like she did on a unique rendering of “ My Favorite Things” sounding more like the illegitimate daughter of Fanny Brice and Miles Davis than Coltrane. And then on “ Like Someone In Love “ in duet with the fine bassist Mark Helias, hanging on to slightly vinegary long tones and letting the chords gradually catch up to her;  calling in master drummer Ed Blackwell with a vibrating elastic shriek, she took a series of occasionally wordless choruses that escalated into a percussive conversation- her ear for drum patterns alone sets her a notch above most singers. And in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, Baum can make a ballad bleed, as she and Davis did on Duke Ellington’s lovely composition “ Heaven “.  Roberta Baum’s wit, swing, sense of drama, and feeling for freer forms, you may not have heard of her before but you’ll certainly hear of her again. “ 
Chip Stern , Musician Magazine