The Oakmont Jazz Club is excited to announce that not only will they be presenting Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap for their program in June, but will also feature KENNY WASHINGTON. The San Francisco Chronicle recently called him “The Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene, a vocalist with an exuberantly supple tenor that glides effortlessly into the stratosphere.”Kenny has thrilled audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range and rapid-fire scatting and tributes his musicianship to yearsof studying saxophone and eight years of playing in the honorary US Navy Band. You can prepare for a jaw dropping experience as he is described as one of the Bay Area’s best kept musical secrets. He emulates the classicstyles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn while infusing the colors of StevieWonder and Donny Hathaway. Whether scatting up a storm or caressing aRogers and Hart ballad, Washington is the kind of performer who leaves thestage with an audience of new fans. “Washington is phenomenal. He’s got the purity and straight ahead sensibility of Bobby Short, he’s got the playfulness of Bobby Mc Ferrin, he’s got the soulful sensibilities of Donny Hathaway and he’s got the jazz like no one else.” —– Michael Bowen.
Bobbe Norris and Kenny Washington are two of the top vocal interpreters singing today. Their stylistic contrasts make for a magical match of voices;Bobbe, deep in the traditions of Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, and Kennycoming from a background that includes Ella, Stevie Wonder and his ownsoulful New Orleans roots. This is a rare opportunity to catch these two excitingvocal masters on the same stage.
As well as these two giants in the World of jazz, Larry Dunlap has been bringing romantic creative music to audiences in the Bay Area, and around the World, for over 40 years. Larry has served for several years as music editor for Sher Music publications and has been music consultant to Gordon Getty. He was pianist for Cleo Laine, before her retirement, and has been featured on many recordings of artists including Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordon and the Pointer Sisters. What a showwe are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy!
The next Jazz Club meeting will be Friday June 7th, 2:00PM in room B of the Central Activities Center. Jim Knapp is putting together a program that he calls “Tenor Titans.” Jim says, “I’ll cover most of the greats including Stan Getz.”
Please come join us!