Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute

CD release of the final Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett recording, "This Place Called Here"

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute

Lisa Ferraro, Julie Wolf, Tammy Hall, Natalia Zukerman, Dawn Richardson, 41st Street Quartet, Jackie Rago, Jan Martinelli, Michaelle Goerlitz, Gary Lynn Floyd, Karen Drucker, Paul Olguin, Takiyah Franklin, Kitt Weagant, Brit Lohse, Kate Wolf

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
Acclaimed vocalist Lisa Ferraro has a reputation as both a teller of stories and an interpreter of song, which she proves in crystal clear fashion every time she takes the stage. Lisa’s flawless intonation and marvelous phrasing are matched with a distinctive voice that is soulful, full-bodied and warm. Her subtle variations on the melodies transform songs without ever undermining the composers’ intentions; and in the classic tradition of jazz story-tellers, she shapes the lyrics in a way that
gives them a meaning even deeper than the words themselves.

Her latest Jazz recording, Serenading The Moon, charted on the Billboard Jazz charts and is a collaboration with some of the finest players on the jazz scene today: legendary saxophonist, Houston Person, Lewis Nash on drums, Ray Drummond on bass, James Chirillo on guitar and John DiMartino on piano.

"Her ballads are heartfelt and passionate. When the tempo picks up, she does indeed swing. This lady can sing!" Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

"This recording takes Ferraro straight to the top ranks!" Mark S Tucker acousticmusic.com


Since 2006 Lisa toured and created music with her wife, the incredibly talented and internationally renowned singer songwriter/composer Erika Luckett. Together they recorded 6 CD’s and toured internationally. In 2018 they received the Arts Award from CSL International. Their brand of music, deemed “Sonic Nourishment” can be found at lisaanderika.com.

Lisa is currently serving as artist in residence in the Columbus, OH area and is an international speaker, meditation leader, retreat facilitator, mindfulness coach and life coach. She shares her inspired Jazz vocal performances and is in collaboration with incredibly talented Natalia Zukerman.
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 Zukerman
Natalia Zukerman
“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
Jan Martinelli
Jan Martinelli
A native San Franciscan, Jan Martinelli (bass) has toured and performed with dozens of bands and artists at major festivals, performance halls and clubs throughout the country. Known for her stylistic range from Latin, Jazz and Funk to Blues and Folk, her soulful approach to the bass can be heard on more than thirty CDs and albums. Jan was an original member of the Bay Area’s popular Wild Mango, a seven-piece World Jazz ensemble. She appeared on the cover of Southwest’s inflight magazine Spirit, in a feature article Women & Jazz, and has played major jazz festivals such as Aspen, Barbados, Monterey, San Francisco and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Jan is currently a member of several Bay Area bands has been touring with Holly Near since 2012.
Michaelle Goerlitz
Michaelle Goerlitz
Percussionist Michaelle Goerlitz moved to San Francisco in 1980, co-founded two renowned Bay Area bands, the Blazing Redheads and Wild Mango, and has played, recorded, and toured with such artists as Wayne Wallace, Tret Fure, Blame Sally, Holly Near, and Jennifer Berezan.
Gary Lynn Floyd
Gary Lynn Floyd
Karen Drucker
Karen Drucker