Melba's Kitchen at Freight & Salvage
Fri Jan 13 2023 at 08:00 pm
Freight & Salvage | Berkeley, CA
Advertisementall women big band, DANCE FLOOR OPEN
concert and swing dance featuring special guest Dee Spencer
MELBA’S KITCHEN swings into The Freight to make Friday the 13th a celebration - a big birthday celebration for Melba Liston - with a sit-down concert, a dance-floor-is-open swing dance set and special guest pianist and jazz professor Dee Spencer. Dee says: “Melba’s Kitchen serves your favorite dish with a warm sense of groove that is deep, enjoyable and infectiously swinging.” Come on out and see what Melba’s Kitchen has cooking for the new year!
Training the spotlight on the tremendous trombonist, composer, and arranger Melba Liston, the 14 women big band explores the formidable contributions of Liston, Mary Lou Williams, and their friends. This unique band of women stirs it up in an atmosphere of kindness, joy, political action, and fun.
Melba's Kitchen honors the under-recognized jazz great Melba Liston. Liston toured with and wrote for Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Gerald Wilson, and collaborated for decades - in the Ellington/ Strayhorn mode - with piano titan Randy Weston. Liston had a great big beautiful sound on the trombone, and was a pioneer as a woman in jazz. She arranged for many, including Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Marvin Gaye, Clark Terry, and Ruth Brown, as well as for Mary Lou Williams, one of her inspirations and dear friends. Williams, an activist for jazz, was a virtuosic and inspired pianist, composer, and arranger. Melba's Kitchen intends to bring Liston’s and Williams’ names into your musical household.
Expanding the musicians’ previous engagement with Liston’s and Williams’ music, band members have pivoted, post-Lockdown, to delve deeper into the sounds from their archives. Melba Liston’s music imbues the band and its listeners with collaborative strength and imagination; Mary Lou Williams’ work inspires beauty and survival.
Where is it happening?Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, United States
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