Mary Stallings w/ Chester Thompson | SFJAZZ

Mary Stallings

Mary Stallings w/ Chester Thompson


Mary Stallings
w/ Chester Thompson

From Blues to Bebop

Saturday, May 6, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Mary Stallings

Mary Stallings w/ Chester Thompson

“Her warmth keens with blues inflection, her firm sense of time and pulse reach you with laid-back ease.” says the New York Daily News about San Francisco native and Resident Artistic Director Mary Stallings, whose third night pairs her distinctive, evocative voice with a band featuring Hammond B-3 organist Chester Thompson. A fellow Bay Area native and twelve-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner, Thompson is best known for his virtuosic playing and composing as a long-term member of both Tower of Power and Santana, as well as his work in jazz as a bandleader. His 1971 jazz-funk organ album Powerhouse on the Black Jazz label is considered a classic of the genre, and its follow-up, Mixology, was released an incredible 42 years later on KCSM DJ Pete Fallico’s organ-centric Doodlin’ Records. Dubbed “From Blues to Bebop,” this program explores the gritty, earthy, and soulful sides of the jazz repertoire, and Stallings – a veteran of work with bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie and blues-loving jazz giant Count Basie – is the perfect artist to mine this rich trove of classic songs.

Artist Personnel

Mary Stallings vocals
Chester Thompson Hammond B-3 organ
Ed Cherry guitar 

other artists TBA

Artist Website

"She is a wizard of long tone which uses to laser into deep emotional zones … " — The New York Times
"Soul is a quality that can’t be bought or borrowed, faked or sold, which probably explains why Mary Stallings has emerged once again as one of the most distinctive and compelling jazz singers on the scene. " — DownBeat