WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27 TRIPLE DOOR , 9:30PM (21+)
Ben Black, Lincoln Briney, Valerie Joyce:
$15 general, $13 members/seniors, $7 students BUY NOW
Inspired by a tribute to Baker that Lincoln Briney presented in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and other cities, vocalists Briney, Ben Black, and Valerie Joyce evoke the memory and spirit of the Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker (1929-1988). They celebrate Baker, one of the finest trumpeter’s and vocalists in jazz history, with songs and anecdotes from his short, scintillating life.
Working with the singers as they revive the spirit of Beat Generation music and spoken-word events are four instrumentalists of regional and national renown: pianist Bill Anschell, bassist, Evan Flory-Barnes, drummer, José Martinez, and trumpeter Thomas Marriott, all of whom have won awards for their playing and recordings.
Lincoln Briney, a stylish cult favorite at the Living Room at Manhattan’s Gershwin Hotel, and throughout Japan, appeared with Tom Jones, Leo Sayer, and others in a 2001 gala Tribute to Leiber & Stoller (available on DVD). His Foreign Affair (Sinatra Society of Japan, 2006), with Bill Frisell as guest artist, scored a top-10 nomination in Japan from Swing Journal.
Raised in Europe, and exposed there to diverse musical cultures, Ben Black is a distinctive Origin Records recording artist now long based in Seattle where he has an enthusiastic following. Next year, he will release Mystery and Wonder (Origin), a collection of 10 original jazz songs and one standard inspired by various spiritual traditions and musical experiments.
Declining to settle into convention, Valerie Joyce has developed a voice that is wonderfully idiosyncratic, lush, and richly expressive. In an emotionally arresting and disarmingly vulnerable style, she delivers standards, modern songs, and originals, all with great emotional nuance.