Hanna Rifkin and The Glasses - Private Parlor Show (($10 adv/$15 day of show))

Hanna Rifkin and the Handsomes

The Handsomes play jazz, originals and some pop.
Undertones and bells and whistles include a more driving and forceful sound with occasional 60's dynamic.
Because everyone in the band gets along and feels comfortable, surprises happen in the music.

Hanna Rifkin began her singing career fronting the rock band “Roxy.” While belting out guttural tones in the fashion of Janis Joplin and Debbie Harry was fun, she fell in love with the playful trumpeting of Louis Armstrong that underscored the horn like purity of Ella’s Fitzgerald’s voice on their recording of “They Can’t Take That Away from me”. Hanna immediately recognized in Jazz a greater opportunity to grow as an artist. “When I sang rock I felt like I was trying to replicate, but with jazz I got to give it my own spin.”

She later spent a year in Italy where through a strange turn of events, met and formed a musical bond with renowned guitarist Francesco Lesi. After earning her degree in Italian, she sang her way across Europe doing old standards from the street corners and cafes of Paris, Budapest, Rome and Barcelona. She also speaks Spanish and a bit of French. Back in the states, Hanna moved to Santa Cruz where she studied jazz improvisation (under trumpeter Ray Brown), theory, and piano.

In San Francisco, she’s played with Chris Siebert, Allen Smith, Sameer Gupta, Daniel Fabricant, Howard Wiley, BJ Papa, Michael Coleman, Scott Larson and others in the San Francisco scene. “I adore picking up a song that I’ve done so many times, and loved singing, then the player I’m with wants to do it in a different way, and it completely changes my perspective on the song. It usually happens spontaneously during a performance, and it’s so satisfying. I feel as if I’m giving the song and the players respect and that’s part of the beauty of jazz.” She also has a debut CD titled “Apples and Oranges” available through her website.

Hanna Rifkin serves up a jazz cocktail that mixes the wit of Bette Midler, the confidence of Anita O’Day, and the melancholy of Billie Holiday with the smooth as butter tones of Chet Baker. My own personal testament is that I met my husband at one of Hanna’s shows. Coincidentally, neither one of us would have gone out that fateful night except to see Hanna sing. We met, we danced, and before I knew it, Hanna was singing “Nature Boy” at my wedding. I really think you could attribute my current happiness to Hanna’s voice or you could argue that may be going a little too far, but whoever says music can’t change a person’s life just never heard Hanna sing.

The Glasses

Original music by Safa Shokrai. Cinematic, lyrical, moody, and kooky.

Step into your own noir film with a soundtrack by The Glasses. Whether it's a sultry tango, a raunchy swing, or a bouncy samba beat, The Glasses dip their brush broadly.

Some of the Bay Area's finest musicians bring their brand of soul and fun to this band's sound.

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets

$10 in advance and $15 day of show online and at the door.

Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.

Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.

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