The Freight & Salvage – Berkeley – Nov. 27, 2022, Sunday

Black Women’s Roots Festival

Festival featuring The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol & Her All-Star Quartet
featuring Rickey Woodard & Tony Coleman, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Lady Bianca,
Terrie Odabi, and Emerging Artist Le Perez
Address: 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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Doors at 3pm / Shows at 4pm

Black Women’s Roots Festival celebrates powerful, pioneering Black women of blues, roots, and gospel. Showcasing legendary artists, established performers, and emerging talent, this intergenerational, interdisciplinary program features the best vocalists, instrumentalists, and poets of roots music that you’ll find anywhere in the world! Join us for what is sure to be an historic afternoon of music and culture.

This project has been made possible in part by a Civic Arts Grant for Festivals from the City of Berkeley; by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and by the California Arts Council, a state agency.
The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol is known as an icon in the Bay Area and beyond, highly regarded for her powerful voice, astonishing versatility, and gift of connecting with her audience.  Equally at home in jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, funk, latin, and hip-hop, she has developed her own authentic sound and unique delivery, delighting audiences young and old across the globe. After beginning her career with gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs before forming her own trio and gaining fame in San Francisco’s jazz, blues, and cabaret clubs of the 1970s and 80s. Over a 60-year career in music, this living legend has developed her own unique acoustic sound and style in Black Music – drawing from funk, blues, gospel, and straight ahead swingin’ – and cultivated an audience that remains as diverse as her uplifting music. She has maintained a high level of musicianship in her groups, mentoring some of the Bay Area’s brightest young talent including pianist Benny Green, bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, saxophonist/composer Howard Wiley, and her daughter, pianist/compser Kito Kamili. Her vocal proteges include international superstars Kehlani and Ledisi.

fayecarol.com
Inducted in to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999, Lady Tramaine Hawkins is a gift and voice we came to know and love in the late ‘60s. She was literally born in church in the San Francisco Bay Area as her mother, the late Lois Davis, a gospel singer in her own right, left a church concert to give birth to Tramaine. At ten years of age she recorded her first single, “He’s All Right!” as part of a Gospel group known as the Heavenly Tones. Two years later the group was produced by Gospel legend, the Rev. James Cleveland. At fifteen, the Heavenly Tones accepted an offer to travel with Sly & The Family Stone – all except Tramaine. She chose to continue her education and remain in Gospel, and later to join Andre Crouch and the Disciples! In 1969 upon graduating from Berkeley High School, Tramaine joined the Edwin Hawkins Singers and was a part of the Gospel Music Revolution via the recording of “Oh Happy Day.”

Tramaine’s lead vocals on such classics as “Changed,” “Going Up Yonder,” “Holy One,” “The Potter’s House” (the list goes on and on) are absolutely incomparable. Enjoying a successful solo career, Tramaine remains a force to reckon with in the field of Gospel Music and Ministry. Known to be a trailblazer, she’s gone against the grain many times for the sake of catapulting Gospel Music to another level.  “I never left Gospel Music and never will. No matter what I sing, or what the accompaniment/beat is, I always sing about the Lord, about what I believe, about what I live for… I know my heart is in the right place. I will always sing and go where He leads me.”

ladytramainehawkinsministries.com

 

Pianist, vocalist, and composer Lady Bianca has been thrilling audiences in the Bay Area and beyond for decades. She received her first musical education in the church and later studied at San Francisco Conservatory. In 1972, she played the role of Billie Holiday in the San Francisco stage production of Jon Hendricks’ Evolution of the Blues. She has recorded and toured internationally with John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, Merle Haggard, and Sly & The Family Stone and has released 9 albums of her own, including 3 Grammy Nominated releases. She has appeared at San Francisco Blues Festival, Monterey Blues Festival, and Royal Albert Hall, and in 2002 was honored with “Keys to the City” from the City of Oakland.

ladybiancabandzoogle.com

 

Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely stardom awaits her.” – Lee Hildebrand, contributor to the *San Francisco Chronicle, *East Bay News Group and *Living Blues Magazine”

It has been proclaimed that Terrie Odabi is nothing short of West Coast Blues Royalty. It has been written that she is “easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the ’50s.” Only a singer with Odabi’s combination of power and finesse could hold her own amid those kinds of comparisons. What sets Odabi apart from so many of her peers are the different shades of hurt, longing, bliss, and depth she brings to the music. The distinguishable character of her voice rings out with a rousing revival of faith and reverence that has a drenching rejuvenation and sacred renascence complexity. Her abundant soul and improvisational prowess has made her a crucial contributor to today’s Blues scene. Warmly embraced by Blues fans and peers alike, Terrie Odabi is one of the most respected talents in the Blues genre.

artistecard.com/Terrie

 

Emerging artist Le Perez is a graduate of Faye Carol’s vocal workshop, School of The Getdown and in 2017 won the talent competition Jazz Search West. With her gospel roots and possessing a natural blues feeling and authentic soulful delivery, she has been honing her chops performing the blues and fronting bands all around the Bay Area at clubs and festivals.

leperezmusic.net

Tabard Theater – Downtown San Jose – Sept. 24, 2022, Saturday

Rick Ferguson and Le Perez

29 N San Pedro St,
San Jose, CA 95110

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Doors at 7pm

The Music is the Magic Benefit Cabaret

Dear Family and Friends

As many of you know, the Tabard Theater, a San Jose theater company that enriches the Bay Area with live performances, has become a second home to me and many Bay Area performers. Like many live art venues, Tabard Theater was hit hard during the pandemic. Tabard has been one of the places that has given musicians and performers like me a place to continue to do what we love.

Rick Ferguson and I together with our friends want to give back, so we are offering a free concert “The Music is the Magic Benefit Cabaret ” on September 24 at 8pm for you to enjoy!

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It is our hope that with this concert, we will be able to raise donations to keep the Tabard alive and well for future artist and musicians.

My goal is to raise $5000, and in my magical thinking, my outrageous goal is $10,000. All donations are tax deductible. The Tabard Theater is a real gem in downtown San Jose, we want to do everything we can to ensure that they continue to bring quality performing art to the South Bay.

Love, Peace and Music

Le Perez

https://tabardtheatre.org/donate/

The Tabard Theater is a real gem in downtown San Jose, we want to do everything we can to ensure that they continue to bring quality performing art to the South Bay.

Love, Peace and Music

Le Perez

Tabard Theater – Downtown San Jose – June 25, 2022, Saturday

Rick Ferguson and Le Perez

29 N San Pedro St,
San Jose, CA 95110

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Doors at 7pm

Tabard Theatre is thrilled to welcome back vocalist Le Perez to our stage after her fantastically successful Diva Lounge night this July. Le is back with Rick Ferguson on keys leading a phenomenal jazz combo, and they will be joined by some other talented guest vocalists throughout the night, performing a selection of jazz and blues favorites.

San Jose vocalist LE PEREZ found her inspiration in gospel, blues and Motown growing up and now delights jazz audiences with her commanding voice and impressive range. Le has headlined at Angelicas, Savanna Jazz, Society Cabaret, Piano Fight, and festivals in the Bay Area, and won the JazzSearch West competition in 2017. Appearing often with Rick Ferguson and band, she is also featured singer with SeaScape Sounds and a marriage and family therapist by day. Her 2021 CD “The Lovely Le Perez” was just released this May. 

RICK FERGUSON (piano) loves invention and delight. Rick has played venues from Chicago to Sedona to Melbourne to Kauai and the Bay Area, has two songs featured in a 2013 movie soundtrack, and recently played for the President of Ireland. He has accompanied such jazz vocalists as Kimberly Gordon and Joe Williams in Chicago and Sarah Marie Young, winner of the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Young Vocalist Competition. A regular at Angelicas, the Filoli Mansion, and the Los Altos Bistro/Long Bar, Rick works with established and emerging vocalists in the Bay Area.


In-Person & Livestreamed

The performance is approximately 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.

Performance times are PT (Pacific Time).

Performed live at Tabard Theatre for in-person audiences.  Live performances are also presented via multi-camera and live streamed directly to you in the comfort and safety of your own home.   All patrons attending at the theatre MUST be fully vaccinated. The state of California defines full vaccination as two weeks past your final vaccination shot. Vaccine cards will be checked at the door.  Children 12 and under may attend with facial covering.

In-Person at Tabard Theatre tickets

  • All patrons must be FULLY vaccinated.(i.e. final shot at least two weeks prior to the performance).  Patrons not FULLY vaccinated cannot be admitted.
  • Bring your Vaccine card, these will be checked before entering the theatre.  Photo or digital copy accepted.  No admittance without proof of vaccine.
  • Facial coverings required
  • Cleaning, sanitizing and distancing procedures have been updated in compliance with the CDC & Santa Clara Health Dept.

To Watch – Live Stream Scheduled Performances 

  1. Go to your Order Confirmation email
  2. Toward the bottom of the email click on Watch
  3. Click on Watch Video 30 minutes prior to the performance to join us for the preshow and to make sure everything is working correctly for you.  You can do this earlier, but will need to refresh your screen to start the preshow.
  4. For more information, including watching the performance on your TV click on Tabard Livestream Guide.
  5. For ticket and show link information contact our Box Office at 408-679-2330 or boxoffice@tabardtheatre.org

Chez Nuos – Redwood City – March 4, 2022, Friday

Rick Ferguson and Le Perez

2159 Roosevelt Avenue
Redwood City, CA
FRIDAY 3/4/2022

Doors Open at 5:30pm
Tickets $15 online
$20 at the door

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Le is back with Rick Ferguson on keys leading a phenomenal jazz combo performing a selection of jazz and blues favorite

San Jose vocalist LE PEREZ found her inspiration in gospel, blues and Motown growing up and now delights jazz audiences with her commanding voice and impressive range. Le has headlined at Angelicas, Savanna Jazz, Society Cabaret, Piano Fight, and festivals in the Bay Area Appearing often with Rick Ferguson and band, she is also featured singer with SeaScape Sounds and a marriage and family therapist by day. Her 2021 CD “The Lovely Le Perez” was just released this May.

RICK FERGUSON (piano) loves invention and delight. Rick has played venues from Chicago to Sedona to Melbourne to Kauai and the Bay Area, has two songs featured in a 2013 movie soundtrack, and recently played for the President of Ireland. He has accompanied such jazz vocalists as Kimberly Gordon and Joe Williams in Chicago and Sarah Marie Young, winner of the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Young Vocalist Competition. A regular at Angelicas, the Filoli Mansion, and the Los Altos Bistro/Long Bar, Rick works with established and emerging vocalists in the Bay Area.