Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute

Igniting Hearts Across the Global Frontier

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute

Lisa Ferraro, Julie Wolf, Tammy Hall, Natalia Zuckerman, Dawn Richardson, 41st Street Quartet

Thursday, May 23rd

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Erika Luckett on October 24th. She lives on in our hearts as the music and love she shared everywhere she went.

Erika scored music for a number of films and theater projects many of which garnered awards including an Academy Award nomination (Untold Stories dir. D. Fadiman 1993), two Emmy awards (Untold Stories dir. D. Fadiman 1993, From Danger to Dignity dir. D. Fadiman 1994) and over 30 other industry honors.

She composed and produced music for the multimedia, animated version of Stellaluna (J. Cannon) which was honored by Newsweek Magazine with a Pick of the Year Award (1994) for Best Children’s Multimedia

Erika performed nationally and internationally with her world fusion band, Wild Mango, at celebrated festivals like the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Aspen Jazz Festival and the Barbados International Jazz Festival.
Lisa Ferraro
Lisa Ferraro
“Extraordinary jazz vocalist Lisa Yvonne Ferraro is a soulful original and has one of the most distinctive voices heard today,” said jazz radio personality and founder and president of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, Tony Mowod. Lisa is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been an in-demand local performer while also touring nationally and internationally. For five years she sang one Friday a month at James Street Tavern, a center of Pittsburgh’s jazz community.
Julie Wolf
Julie Wolf
Oakland’s Julie Wolf is a composer, teacher, and master of the accordion who has worked with Maceo Parker, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn, Cris Williamson, and Barbara Higbie, as well as composing music for films and serving as music director for the Berkeley Rep’s 2010 world premiere of Girlfriend.
Tammy Hall
Tammy Hall
"A musician who has much to offer in the way of originality, fine technique and a rich, emotional quality that is evident on everything she does. Her playing is warm and persuasive and a listener's delight." - Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz

A frequent and favorite player here at the Freight, Tammy Hall has with worked award-winning cabaret singer and actress, Connie Champagne, the Supreme Mary Wilson, chanteuse and actress Debbie De Coudreaux, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Houston Person, the late David ‘Fathead Newman’, jazz violinists Regina Carter, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, orchestra leader and bassist Marcus Shelby, guitarist Terrence Brewer, vocalists Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Pamela Rose, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Holly Near, Lynne Asher, Melba Moore, Miki Howard, Rhonda Benin, Darlene Love, Lady Mem’fis, Veronica Klaus, Diane Witherspoon, Queen Esther Marrow, Ernestine Anderson, Derek Lassiter, Frankye Kelley, Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, Lisa Ferraro Erika Luckett, Karen Drucker and the late Etta Jones. She has traveled and performed extensively in Japan, Europe and Mexico, including a 30-city tour with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Other venues and festivals of note include Kennedy Center (Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Sala Filharmonica (Trento, ITALY), Herbst Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, SFJazz Center, Yoshi's Oakland and San Francisco and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA.

Photo: Irene Young
Natalia Zuckerman
Natalia Zuckerman
“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –New Yorker

Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, started her mural business Off The Wall in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn, NY. Having released seven independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005. Her music can be heard on the soundtrack of several seasons of The L Word and ABC Family's Chasing Life. She also created the score for The Arch of Titus, an independent film created for Yeshiva University and a Harvard online course called Poetry in America. Throughout her career as a touring musician, she has accompanied and opened for some of acoustic music’s greats such as Janis Ian, Willy Porter, Susan Werner, Erin McKeown, Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco, Richard Thompson, Tom Paxton and many others. Alongside her touring career, Zukerman continues to paint private and public murals as well as illustrate children’s books, design and paint sets for plays in New York City and paint private portrait commissions. In February, 2017, Natalia became a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her group The Northern Lights throughout Africa. Natalia teaches private songwriting lessons and has taught at Rocky Mountain Song School, Sisters Song School, Red Rocks Womens Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Interlochen Summer Music Program and other festivals and locations throughout the US and in Canada. In May, she was the artist in residence at the cell theatre in New York City where she developed her multimedia one woman show, The Women Who Rode Away and is currently recording the soundtrack of the show and touring it throughout North America.
Dawn Richardson
Dawn Richardson
Dawn Richardson is a San Francisco based musician and drum teacher. She has played drums with a wide range of diverse musical artists and continues to groove and create music.

As a member of 4 Non Blondes, Dawn received gold and platinum records for sales in the United States and abroad. She toured the world, opening for such rock legends as Aerosmith, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Prince and has appeared on national and international television performing live on The Dave Letterman Show, The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, MTV’s Beach House, The Billboard Music Awards, and England’s Top of the Pops.
41st Street Quartet
41st Street Quartet
The 41st Street Quartet is a Chamber Jazz Ensemble that uses unique instrumentation to combine elements of jazz and classical music.

The Quartet's repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and arrangements of popular works by other composers. The result is an experience that is contemplative, joyful and visual.

Donna Viscuso - Flute
Klaudia Promessi - Soprano Saxophone
Viola Pelligrini - Violin
Devon Thrumston - Cello