Irene Young's Glass Half Full Benefit for Breast Cancer Prevention
Holly Near, Terry Garthwaite, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Jennifer Berezan, Tammy Hall, Robin Flower & Libby McLaren, Chris Webster, Jami Sieber, Deidre McCalla, Shelley Doty, Sheilah Glover & Julie Nicholas, Susanne DiVincenzo, Laura Klein, Ruth Davies, Christelle Durandy, Ilene Weiss, Debbie Fier, Sharon Washington (MC)
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Irene Young's Glass Half Full Benefit for Breast Cancer Prevention
This concert is benefiting Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, an organization whose mission is to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Learn more at BCPP.org. Producer, Irene Young, a photographer well known in the music business, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. This is Irene's fourth benefit for BCPP, formerly the Breast Cancer Fund. An all-star lineup of illustrious women will sing and play in various combinations. Come on down and hear these Freight favorites – and world favorites! – make beautiful music for a worthy cause. BCPP CEO, Jeanne Rizzo, the organization's driving force for 25 years, will be on hand at the concert. Jeanne is also a former owner of The Great American Music Hall.
This evening is dedicated with much love to Maggie Roche, who passed away last year from breast cancer. Maggie Roche jump-started Irene's prestigious photographic career in NYC in the late seventies. She is well known for being "the songwriter whose serene alto anchored the close harmonies of the Roches, her trio with her sisters, Terre and Suzzy."
Holly Near brings to the stage a unique combination of highly trained vocal power, delightful humor and poetic reflection. For over 40 years, Holly has fused cabaret, folk and spoken word in to a sound track for progressive thinking. Her powerful voice has creatively articulated the complexities of social change activism since the early seventies. With critical thinking as a major element in her songwriting, she has been a unifying force connecting the issues that so challenge the lives of activists, educators and community. Holly says, “Now that Pete Seeger, Odetta, Mary Travers, Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee and so many other elders have left us, artists of my generation are no longer elders in training. We are the elders.”
Holly is one of four breast cancer survivors on the stage tonight.
Terry Garthwaite is an internationally known singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. Her recording career dates back to the late 1960s when she and Toni Brown formed the rock group Joy of Cooking. She recorded several albums with the band, and then a dozen others by herself or in collaboration with other jazz and blues musicians. In performance she has shared the stage with such artists as BB King, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Allen Ginsberg, Santana, Rosalie Sorrels and writer Bobbie Hawkins at venues that include Carnegie Hall, the Joseph Papp Theater, the Hollywood Bowl. Terry has also produced recordings by other artists including Jasmine, Rosalie Sorrels, Rhiannon, Nicholas, Glover & Wray, Hunter Davis, Robin Flower, and Ferron, whose Garthwaite-produced Shadows on a Dime was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone. This is Terry's second Glass Half Full performance.
Not only has the International Bluegrass Music Association twice named Laurie the Female Vocalist of the Year – not only did she win a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe – but she also graduated from Berkeley High. Since graduation, she’s recorded more than 20 albums – with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects – and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.
Kathy Kallick has been leading bluegrass bands since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol' Persons in 1975. She continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, having recorded over 100 of her original songs. Along the way she has performed and recorded with the Frank Wakefield Band, won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe, and received a Lifetime Membership award from the California Bluegrass Association.
Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/ songwriter, producer, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing. Her ground breaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music and healing and she is an acclaimed producer of large scale multi-cultural ecstatic musical events. Not your typical singer/songwriter, her work continues to expand artistic boundaries, blurring the distinctions between musical styles, politics, and spirituality. Though her songs often confront universal issues, her perspective is informed by a refreshing and honest intimacy. Raised in the prairies of Alberta, Canada, the transformative power of nature is also at the heart of her work.
A frequent and favorite player here at the Freight, Tammy has with worked award-winning cabaret singer and actress, Connie Champagne, the Supreme Mary Wilson, chanteuse and actress Debbie De Coudreaux, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Houston Person, the late David ‘Fathead Newman’, jazz violinists Regina Carter, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, orchestra leader and bassist Marcus Shelby, guitarist Terrence Brewer, vocalists Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Pamela Rose, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Holly Near, Lynne Asher, Melba Moore, Miki Howard, Rhonda Benin, Darlene Love, Lady Mem’fis, Veronica Klaus, Diane Witherspoon, Queen Esther Marrow, Ernestine Anderson, Derek Lassiter, Frankye Kelley, Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, Lisa Ferraro Erika Luckett, Karen Drucker and the late Etta Jones. She has traveled and performed extensively in Japan, Europe and Mexico, including a 30-city tour with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Other venues and festivals of note include Kennedy Center (Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Sala Filharmonica (Trento, ITALY), Herbst Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, SFJazz Center, Yoshi's Oakland and San Francisco and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA.
"A musician who has much to offer in the way of originality, fine technique and a rich, emotional quality that is evident on everything she does. Her playing is warm and persuasive and a listener's delight." - Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz
Robin Flower & Libby McLaren
Robin Flower is a wildly creative musician. Her technical expertise on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle results in great romps through her own original instrumental compositions, songs and traditional fiddle music. Robin has been an innovator, moving convincingly through a myriad of styles resulting in music that is hauntingly beautiful as well as intellectually challenging.
In the fall of 1983, Libby joined the acclaimed sister act “The Roches”. Playing keyboards and singing a 4th harmony, she toured and recorded with them for 5 years. With The Roches, she appeared on The Tonight Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, as well as a myriad of radio shows across the US and Canada. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Libby toured with Ronnie Gilbert, from the renowned “Weavers” folk group of the 40’s and 50’s. She played piano and sang harmonies with Ronnie’s beautiful voice. They performed as a duo for many years, crisscrossing the US and Canada, singing and playing for audiences who were thrilled to be hearing the songs and stories of Ronnie Gilbert, their “Folk Hero.” 1986 found Libby moving back home to California where she met Robin Flower, her musical collaborator and life partner. They began a life long musical journey together that continues successfully and joyfully to this day.
Chris Webster is a soul singer beyond genre. In the course of recording over 20 albums on her own and with others, she has drawn equally from classic R&B thumpers and gospel-grass prayers, from rockabilly rave-ups and singer/songwriter confessions. Webster’s work is rooted in the classic American tension between a yearning for transcendence and a lusty connection to the here-and-now. Performing live, her intensity brings a hush to every room she plays. Chris Webster is the real deal, a singer who transcends genre.
Though in performance she hangs back, all sly allure - when you’re in it for the long haul, you learn to pace yourself - she’s got a cool, understated comic timing. Chris Webster has traveled far and deep in her musical career; she has built a body of work to be reckoned with, and has earned the notice of numerous established artists. She was recruited by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel to join the Grammy-winning country swing band, and her song, “Shake On It,” was recorded by The Band. Chris has sung back up vocals for several artists, including the legendary Ferron, and long-time collaborator, Jennifer Berezan. In 2006 Chris was awarded the Gibson Guitar New Musician Award for best new singer-songwriter.
Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Her style of performance has been recognized internationally. An innovative musician, Jami’s music moves beyond the surface, seeking and re-seeking her truth by creating musical bridges and connections, committed to doing what moves her and inspiring listeners with her honesty, musical prowess, and humanity. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts is at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium to express the interconnectedness of all beings.
Sieber stands fully in her own genre-defying musical style and while investigating Jami’s recordings you will be captured by her creativity and imagination as a writer, lyricist and instrumentalist. Each recording is a sonic journey exploring the breadth and magic of the acoustic and electric cellos, with compositions that will open the heart, defy the mind, and, at times, inspire body and spirit to dance.
Jami’s independently produced recordings include: ‘Big Joy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (2014), ‘Timeless’ (2013), ‘Unspoken: The Music of Only Breath’ (2008), ‘Only Breath’ (2007), ‘Hidden Sky’ (2004), ‘Second Sight’ (1998), and ‘Lush Mechanique’ (1994).
Victory Music says, “…these musical paintings hang, framed in her own passion and dreams. If you’ve ever taken a journey of the soul, be it to another place or your own backyard, this music will play back every scene.”
Deidre McCalla came of age in the fiery blaze of NYC's folk heyday - a time when Greenwich Village clubs were filled with the likes of Dylan, Baez, and Ochs; a time when Motown ruled the top of the charts and the streets of America screamed with anger and civil unrest. Her first album, Fur Coats and Blue Jeans, was released when Deidre was 19 and a student at Vassar College. With a theater degree tucked under her belt and an acoustic guitar tossed in the back of a battered Buick station wagon, Deidre McCalla hit the proverbial road and never looked back. Deidre later majored in jazz guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and released three albums with the pioneering women's music label Olivia Records.
The Miami Herald affectionately dubs her a "dreadlocked troubadour." From Maui to Maine, college coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall, Deidre McCalla is a much beloved performer in both folk and women's music circles and has shared the stage with a long list of notables that includes Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Holly Near, Odetta, Cris Williamson, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. With five critically acclaimed albums to her credit, Deidre McCalla remains the ever seeking road warrior, her words and music chronicling our strengths and weaknesses and celebrating the power and diversity of the human spirit.
A single parent residing in Georgia with her son, Deidre has taught Performance at Warren Wilson College's Swannanoa Gathering. Deidre's work has been published in Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, The Original Coming Out Stories, and Chrysalis: A Feminist Quarterly, and she is featured in The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader. Deidre is a proud member of AFM Local 1000 and the North American Folk Alliance.
"...the complete performer in her use of cranked up emotions in her singing, edgy rock energy and swinging jazz guitar rhythms."
Labeled "a future legend" by one reviewer and a "guitar goddess" by another, Shelley Doty is considered one the best independent performers in the business. Watching her perform is awe-inspiring due to her masterful guitar licks, soulful voice and charismatic stage presence. As a songwriter, she creates articulate songs for today by sprinkling them with respect for the music of her youth (rock, R&B, jazz, funk). Shelley sings with passion and plays with an authentic raw energy that cuts through the air with jubilant imagination and freshness. Her brand new CD "Over The Line" is now out and available via CD Baby.
In addition to fronting her band, the Shelley Doty X-tet, Shelley also often performs solo acoustic. When Shelley plays electric guitar she rips into it like no other woman ever has - she has a swagger and confidence to play lead guitar that is as rare as it is electrifying. But she also has the subtly and tenderness to cause an audience to shiver at the elegance of her voice and insightful lyrics. Don't be fooled though - she can bring the same intensity she's known for when playing electric to an acoustic setting. Shelley was featured in the March 2008 issue of the renowned Guitar Player Magazine.
Sheilah Glover & Julie Nicholas
Sheilah Glover has been creating musical offerings in various forms for 3 decades. Whether it has been with Nicholas, Glover & Wray; Broadway legend, Barbara Cook; drum goddess, Barbara Borden; or the SF Bay Area's Starduster Orchestra, her flawless vocals have complimented the best of the best.
Sheilah is most renowned for her involvement in the award-winning trio Nicholas, Glover and Wray - three distinct voices and personalities that blend into a harmonious and vibrant ensemble, singing pop, jazz and their own original material. In over thirty years together, NGW has received numerous awards and played in almost every venue imagineable, appropriate to jazz and cabaret. In the 1980's the trio toured extensively in the East Coast, eventually performing and touring with Barbara Cook, one of the world's premiere song-stylists, in 'Barbara Cook, a Broadway Evening'.
For over 3 decades, Julie Nicholas has been a notable talent as a blues and jazz stylist in The SF Bay Area. Her gutsy and belting style has delivered an element of soulfulness to her ensemble work as well as her solo performances. Her 34 year adventure of singing together with Willow Wray and Sheilah Glover as the award-winning trio, Nicholas, Glover & Wray, perfected a vocal blend and love of harmony that was an immediate conduit for a successful partnership. In addition to the trio's impeccable vocal union, Julie's roll was invaluable as a major contributor to the harmony arrangements for which NGW has gleaned their reputation. Her rich musical history also includes singing with Terry Garthwaite and Joy of Cooking; the band, Small Change, featuring cutting edge musicians led by guitarist/performance artist Paul Dresher; and regular vocalist engagement with Dick Oxtot's Golden Age Jazz Band. Julie is one of four breast cancer survivors on stage tonight.
Susanne DiVincenzo has recently returned to the Bay Area. While on the East Coast for 20 years, she taught cello and string bass privately and was the Assistant Director of the Atlantic Youth Orchestra. For the last year, Susanne has been teaching privately in Marin as well as with the ELM program, Enriching Lives Through Music, in San Rafael with the Girls' Jazz and Blues Camp at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. Susanne is a founding member of the ground breaking all-women jazz ensemble Alive!
She also performs with the College of Marin Symphony Orchestra, principal cellist, the Mill Valley Philharmonic (string bass), the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (cello), the Montclair Women's Big Band (jazz bass), the Awesome Orchestra, (bass & cello), and Jean Fineberg's Party Monsters and JAZZphoria.
Laura Klein was born in New York City and started attending the Manhattan School of Music’s preparatory school at age seven. She majored in music at SUNY Buffalo, studying with master pianists Ruslana Antonowicz, Leo Smit, and Yvar Mikashoff. After receiving her degree, she attended Berklee School of Music where she studied jazz performance, composition and arranging with Mick Goodrick, John La Porta, Phil Wilson, and others. She was hired by the great drummer Joe Hunt to be in his trio, and while living in Boston, played with Bob Mover, Ron Horton, Jamie Baum, Frank London, George Schuller, Ken Filliano, Ira Coleman, and many of the other musicians on the Boston scene at that time. While at Berklee she met her future husband and musical partner, guitarist/composer/arranger Tony Corman, and two other musicians that she would perform and record with over the next three decades: reeds player Dave Tidball, and drummer Alan Hall. She also began a long musical collaboration with vibraphonist Ted Wolff, whose mentor, the great Gary Burton, brought him onto the Berklee faculty.
Upon relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984, Laura performed with John Dankworth and the SF Symphony, with the Rudi Salvini Big Band (with luminaries Allen Smith and Johnny Coles), and in the Benny Barth trio. She and her husband formed the group Triceratops, which appeared at Yoshi’s, Kimball’s, Jazz on the Hill, SF Performances, and numerous festivals. Band members included Jim Zimmerman, Dean Reilly, Jeff Cressman, Dave Eshelman, Clark Gayton, Jules Rowell, and other top Bay Area musicians.
Since then, Laura has led a busy free-lance performing life, sharing the stage with many Bay Area musicians including Clairdee, Jason Lewis, Jackie Ryan, Nicolas Bearde, Ed Reed, Noel Jewkes, Alan Hall, Bob Kenmotsu, Leon Joyce, Jr., John Santos, Mary Fettig, Marcus Shelby, and countless others. She has performed with big bands including the Morchestra, the CSM Band, and the Montclair Women’s Big Band. She has appeared at SF Jazz with her own trio, as well as with Steve McQuarry’s Tribute to Carla Bley, and the Destiny Muhammad Project.
She and Tony Corman are co-leaders of FivePlay Jazz Quintet, for which they compose original music. Laura is one of four breast cancer survivors on stage tonight.
Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.
She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, performing at major jazz festivals and concerts and on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Ruth continues to spend considerable time abroad. She has recorded and performed internationally with Maria Muldaur, Denise Jannah, Dmitri Matheny and European pianist/composer Amina Figarova. Lately she has "returned to the roots" and travels with Elvin Bishop's band.
Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others.
Ruth believes in teaching and in bringing music to the public schools. She has been on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 17 years and has had a very successful "Ruth Davies Blues Night" series at the Stanford Jazz Festival. The San Francisco Symphony’s "Adventures in Music" program and the "Just Say Jazz" project deliver music education to the classroom. By any conservative estimate, Ruth has presented music programs to over two thousand school groups. That's a serious commitment.
Christelle Durandy’s artistry is a mosaic; a cross-cultural jazz combination that draws upon a vast spectrum of Soul, Caribbean and Latin inspirations. The melodic threads of her musicianship transcend borders and weave an international music fabric rooted in her loyal love for percussion, polyrhythm and for words and languages rhythmic concepts.
Preserving her stylings, Christelle brings her musical colors to diverse projects. She fronts Paul Carlon Octet, Edward Perez’ Festejation. She has been featured with Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller “Celebrate the Great Women of Blues and Jazz”, Max Pollak RumbaTap, Ricky Ford and Ze Big Band, Ran Blake, and Christelle heads the all-female World/Latin music collective Cocomama, in which she exhibits her talent as both a performer and arranger. Christelle is currently the Musical Director for Dance Brigade's "Gracias a la Vida".
Of Reunion Island and French West Indies ancestry, Christelle Durandy combines colors of a rich tapestry of musical experiences as she began performing and touring at an early age with her family-based troupe in France. Under their guidance, she honed in on musical skills that she later developed during her apprenticeship in Europe, Cuba, and The U.S. Christelle has continually garnered critical praise for her passionate and fierce live performances, and has mesmerized audiences worldwide.
"The timbre and temperament of Durandy's voice has that rare quality of being able to transport the listener to an ethereal place."
A serious songwriter who plays guitar and sings. Also, a musical goofball in NYC tri-state area medical environments (pediatric and geriatric). Many summers as clown/musical goofball-in-residence at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT. Contributor of young people’s learning songs to Oxford University Press Global English Language Teaching curricula. Special shoutout to Robin Flower, Deidre McCalla and Jennifer Berezan, three of tonight’s lineup of luminaries and some of the first few folks to record IW songs (also in that category is Anne Hills, not present this evening but a presence on the Glass Half Full CD). Grateful always to and for the inspired, inspiring and irrepressible Irene Young.
Debbie Fier brings over 25 years of experience to her life as a performing vocalist, drummer, pianist, composer, percussionist and teacher. She has performed internationally throughout England and in Berlin, Germany and throughout the U.S., in venues including Festival at the Lake in Oakland, CA, the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, Singing For Our Lives, a 24-hour New Years’ chanting celebration created by Bobby McFerrin, and Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride (Oakland, ’04). She has spent over 20 years exploring voice in many different contexts, including western/classical vocal technique, theory, ear training, improvisation, jazz, chanting and Indian raga singing. Debbie studied jazz piano with the legendary pianist and master musician, Mary Lou Williams, in the early 1980’s. She has studied numerous drum and dance styles for over 25 years — Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban and African, has taught drumming to individuals and groups, and has led many, diverse community drumming circles. Debbie spent years learning Hatha, Iyengar and Kundalini yoga and has practiced “Way of Joy” Chi Kung (movement meditation) for 15 years. She has had extensive training in psychology, counseling and various forms and styles of meditation. In the past 5 years, she has found a home at Kehilla Community Synagogue as a spiritual leader through drumming. Kehilla is a Jewish Renewal synagogue that blends traditional elements with contemporary values – political, social and spiritual — creating a spirituality that feels more holistic and inclusive.
Debbie will play her pan drum tonight at the opening of the show to honor those who have struggled with cancer - living and deceased - and also gather us energetically for a loving, beautiful evening.
Sharon Washington (MC)
Bold and joyful, the Washington Sisters brought an uplifting spirit of hope to their two albums, Understated (Iceberg Records, 1987) and Take Two (Shsawa Music, 1991). They performed hundreds of concerts, including over two-dozen appearances at music and cultural festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Their blend of a cappella, jazz swing, blues, gospel, and island rhythms provided a unique basis for their message of peace, women's rights, pride, and cultural diversity. Tonight, Sharon Washington will give an opening welcome and join the cast of musicians for a closing song.
$36 ADV / $40 DOOR (plus fees)
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