"Feel Good" Jazz by Award Winning Women : Featuring -Cheri "Note" Anderson -Watkins, Kouffman and Pallingston

"Feel Good" Jazz by Award Winning Women : Featuring -Cheri "Note" Anderson -Watkins, Kouffman and Pa

Cheri "Note"

Performs "feel good" jazz and rhythm/blues in a range that reaches five octaves. Expressing her passion of singing positive lyrics that speak of living loving and loving living Cheri has found her niche, calling it "Jazzin' the Spirit"!

Her sound is comparable to Sarah Vaughn and Phyllis Hyman. Her style brings to mind Nancy Wilson. Cheri blends all of it adding her own, unique touch to every song she sings.

Cheri is a former member of Funk-a-fied (later became known as Midnight Star) and has opened for Nancy Wilson, Maxi Priest, Phil Perry, and E.W.F. She has also performed with Benny Maupin of "Head Hunters" fame, and has jammed with Roy Ayers, and Jennifer Lewis.

Patrice Rushen and Larry Baptiste produced earlier recording projects of Cheri's. Marlo Henderson produced Cheri's latest project, One With Spirit.

Cheri performances have been on radio, television, theater, and in corporate board rooms. She lives her passion of being in love with the blessings of life and sharing this through music. Her cd's are played on Positive Music Radio, Unity Radio, Myspace, and ReverbNation.
Mary Watkins

Ms Watkins received her bachelor degree in music composition from Howard University and is the receipient of several grantng foundations such as Meet The Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, Gerbodi Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund and Calfornia Council for the Arts. She, is an eclectic composer. She is also a pianist, arranger, recording artist and record producer. Much of her music reflects a love for a variety of different styles of whether jazz, gospel, country, rock, clasical or pop. She has composed solo piano for both Adults and Children, wind ensembles, string quartet, Chamber and Full Symphony Orchestra. She has also composed for theater, dance and film, vocal ensemble, solo voice and large chorus. She has written two operas, Queen Clara, with Lance Belville as librettist, and, Dark River as both composer and librettist, commissioned by the Oakland Opera Co. premiered November 14, 2009.

She has recorded on several albums as both supporting and featured artist,
Who Has Not Been Touched (jazz, 2004 High Tide), Prayer for Peace (2002, Shotsky Music), Dancing Souls (2000, LadySlipper) Songs For my Mother (jazz, High Tide, 1998), Winds of Change (Palo Alto Jazz, 1981), Something Moving (Olivia Records,1978). Her Latest recorded work in the classical realm is a suite for orchestra, Five Movements in Color, on Albany Records, released in August, 2010.

While continuing her work as a composer, Mary Watkins conducts improvisation workshops, teaches piano and music theory privately in Oakland, CA.

Joyce Kouffman Biography

Joyce Kouffman is Harvard-trained multi-instrumentalist/composer and award-winning Harvard music instructor in classical, jazz, and world music. She performs as a jazz drummer (studied with Alan Dawson of Dave Brubeck’s quartet), African-style percussionist (studied in Senegal, West Africa with National Ballet of Senegal), improvisational cellist (studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, big band leader (apprenticeship with Jean Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet of Count Basie’s big band), and composer/recording artist/record producer. With long-time music mentor and collaborator, Mary Watkins, Joyce has produced four independent CDs of originals, Song for My Mother (High Tide), Who Has Not Been Touched (High Tide), If Bach Were Brazilian (High Tide), and Fierce Unruly Joy (High Tide), a poetry and jazz album with award-winning poet, Linda Pastan. “Who Has Not…” was listed in the Top Ten Picks on the Bay Area’s jazz radio station, KCSM, with special all-star guests Mary Watkins, piano, Don Braden, sax, and Ruth Davies, bass. Joyce also offers private teaching and uniquely designed Music Camps and Retreats in scenic Point Reyes, CA. www.JoyceJazz.com

Tami Pallingston Bio

Tami is a multi-dimensional Bay Area bassist who attributes
her success as a musician to the quality public school music programs she experienced as a young girl. She played violin and percussion in school orchestras, marching band, pit bands and other ensembles.

Along with a music degree from Humboldt State University, she studied the upright bass, followed by electric bass in her adult years with world renowned virtuoso Michael Manring.

Tami has performed with a wide variety of jazz ensembles,
big bands, folk artists, and steel drum ensembles. She teaches bass and percussion privately and is also both Music Director and a Special
Education Teacher at Tomales High School in Marin County.

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"Feel Good" Jazz by Award Winning Women : Featuring -Cheri "Note" Anderson -Watkins, Kouffman and Pallingston

Sunday, December 1 · 7:00 PM at Angelicas