Mary Stallings: Jazzville w/ Chester Thompson, Ed Cherry & Clarence Penn | SFJAZZ
Mary Stallings: Jazzville
“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 evokes the feel of the jazz clubs of the 50s and 60s – in particular the clubs of San Francisco's Fillmore District – with its mix of organ trio jazz, dance, and comedy. Stallings pairs her distinctive, evocative voice with a band featuring Hammond B-3 organist Chester Thompson, guitarist Ed Cherry, and drummer Clarence Penn, with standup comedian Lance Woods and comic performer Unique Derique opening the show. 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. Cherry is a major figure on jazz guitar, working with Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, and Jimmy Smith. On the short list of first-call drummers in jazz, Penn possesses a stellar résumé working with Dave Douglas, Betty Carter, and Maria Schneider. Dubbed “Return to Jazzville,” 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.
Mary Stallings vocals
Chester Thompson Hammond B-3 organ
Ed Cherry guitar
Clarence Penn drums