For the Love of Pete: A Celebration of Pete Seeger's Birthday with Musical Director Tammy Hall

For the Love of Pete: A Celebration of Pete Seeger's Birthday with Musical Director Tammy Hall

Tammy Hall, Vicki Randle, Miko Marks, Emma's Revolution, Branice McKenzie, Lucinda Belle, Alex De Grassi, Jan Martinelli, David Rokeach, Michaelle Goerlitz, gina Breedlove

Friday, May 3rd

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

$40 ADV / $44 DOOR (plus fees)

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

For the Love of Pete
An ecstatic celebration of 100 years of Pete Seeger.

“Participation! It’s what all my work has been about.” – Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger embodied the ideals of folk music – communication, entertainment, social comment, historical continuity, inclusiveness. The songs he wrote, and those he discovered and shared, have helped preserve our cultural heritage, imprinting adults and children with the sounds, traditions and values of our global past and present. A fearless warrior for social justice and the environment, Pete’s political activism – from the Civil Rights movement and anti-McCarthyism to resistance to fascism and the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East – has become the template for subsequent generations of musicians and ordinary citizens with something to say about the world.
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
Vicki Randle
Vicki Randle
San Francisco native Vicki Randle has worked with such diverse artists as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Loggins, Celine Dion and Dr. John, Mickey Hart and Lionel Ritchie. She was the percussionist and lead singer for the acclaimed Tonight Show Band led by Kevin Eubanks for more than 14 years.
Miko Marks
Miko Marks
Once named one of "Nashville's Hottest New Country Stars" by
People Magazine, then dubbed, “The Storyteller… An Artist Breaking the Sound Barriers” by Ebony Magazine, Miko Marks has unquestionably blazed an unprecedented trail in Country Music. As an all-star performer and songwriter with an unadulterated sound, Miko’s Legacy includes reaping multiple national awards such as, “Best New Country Artist”, from New Music Weekly. Her debut album “Freeway Bound” was named, “Country Album of the Year” at The Independent Music Awards. In recent past, she’s performed for U.S President Jimmy Carter and several heads of state, has graced Monday Night Football, Major League Baseball, been a featured guest on BET’s, The Mo’Nique Show, and annually toured the nation with The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Presently Miko continues to perform, write, record, and most importantly…EVOLVE. With her spirited talent, and far reaching musical influences Miko Marks dreams and works today towards a world where music has no borders, boundaries, or barriers.

EVOLUTION IS NOW!
Emma's Revolution
Emma's Revolution
Pete Seeger was a friend and mentor to Emma's Revolution, and especially to Pat. In an NPR "All Things Considered" feature on Pat's song,"Swimming to the Other Side," Pete said, "The powers that be can control the media, but it's hard to stop a good song . . . Pat's songs will be sung well into the 22nd century." Pat was with the Seeger family and a small group of friends when Pete passed, singing him home to Toshi. Emma's Revolution later wrote their song Sing People Sing in tribute to Pete. It is an honor--and a powerful responsibility--to be part of the many who will carry on Pete and Toshi's work for peace and justice through music.

Here, Pat tells some of the story of their times together:

“I met Pete at a songwriters’ gathering in 1985. I had written my first song ‘Keep On Moving Forward’ (then called ‘Never Turning Back’) the year before and had just finished leading it in a song circle. I saw this hand come around from behind me, holding a
small scrap of paper. Pete had notated my song while I was singing it. He asked, ‘Is this how it goes?’ I don’t read music so I asked him to sing it back to me. He had it all right. Pete later said ‘Keep On Moving Forward’ was the best song he’d heard in 50
years and he and I remained friends for the rest of the nearly 30 years he was alive.

Over those years, I performed with Pete in places as varied as Symphony Space’s stage in NYC to the dockhouse in his hometown of Beacon. I worked for the Sloop Clearwater (Pete’s environmental project which successfully cleaned up the Hudson River), helped gather sap from the maple trees on his
property, visited, shared meals and swapped stories with him and Toshi, volunteered at the local festivals they organized, celebrated holidays and sang at Toshi’s memorial. Sandy and I later sang at Pete’s, too.

When I heard he was in the hospital, I drove up to NY from the DC area, instinctively bringing my banjo, even though I hadn’t been playing it much. At the hospital, a steady stream of family and
friends were coming through to see Pete and sing his songs back to him in gratitude for all the times he had left home to sing to us. The day and evening wore on, until just a small circle of family and friends remained. As we sang our last songs to Pete, we sent him off onto his next adventure with our
love and blessings.

The family stayed at the hospital and I went up to Pete's house to make sure everything was okay there. I turned on the lights and lit the fire from the neatly arranged pile of kindling and firewood Pete had cut and placed in the woodstove, just the week before. On the drive up to the house, I had been thinking of all the remarkable ways Pete had touched my life. I took out my banjo and began writing ‘Sing People Sing’.

Pete taught us how to sing together. But he was never satisfied with us singing in unison, he wanted us to sing in harmony. And, if we weren’t picking up on a part, he would teach us one. He knew the metaphor of a room full of people breathing in sync and singing in harmony wouldn’t be lost on his audiences and that we would take that sense of hope and community out into the world and put it to good use.”

Oh, hear the banjo ring
Hear the people sing
Hope changes everything
Sing, people, sing


~ from Emma’s Revolution’s song, “Sing People Sing”
Branice McKenzie
Branice McKenzie
Branice McKenzie’s career includes everything from jazz to theater to prolific songwriting. Some of her credits include critically acclaimed performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and The Umbria Jazz Festival. On the theatrical stage she has created roles in “Shades Of Harlem”, “Sing Sister Sing” and “Jazz Alley”. As a composer and music director, she has penned music for “Shelter”, “Shades Of Harlem” and “Blackbirds Of Courage” as well as her latest work, “This World Is Mine: A Musical Revue for Children”. She is a recipient of the Meet The Composer grant from New York State and also made her directorial debut with the World Premier of the family musical “Celebrate Kwanzaa” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Branice has also just completed a song for the film short, Gentelle’s Wings entitled, I Fly, which is the title song of her recently released CD.

Her incredible four-octave voice and magnificent song stylings have been hailed throughout the world. She has toured with Harry Belafonte (1984 – 1993), Gregory Hines (1987 – 2003), Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela, Carly Simon, BeBe Winans, Dianne Reeves, Peggy Lee and Miriam Makeba to name a few and is performing all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Lucinda Belle
Lucinda Belle
Pop-noir singer-songwriter and harpist Lucinda Belle has strutted through the traditional notions of the harp as a classical or orchestral instrument. In her path, she’s paved the way for a signature artistry that melds the white-gloved elegance of classic Hollywood with smart hooks and playful pan-genre appropriation. “The girl with the harp is who I am,” affirms Lucinda Belle. “I want to present a different perspective of what can be done with the instrument.”

Lucinda’s music is a portal into a seductive and anachronistic world where jazz, soul, gypsy jazz, blues, and reggae merge into her unique sound. You’ll find referential signposts as diverse as Peggy Lee, Louis Prima, Verdi, Jobim, and the Great American Songbook.
Alex De Grassi
Alex De Grassi
Alex de Grassi is a Grammy Award nominated American fingerstyle guitarist. de Grassi came from a musical family. His grandfather was a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. His cousin, William Ackerman, founded Windham Hill Records and signed de Grassi to his label. de Grassi's first album "Turning: Turning Back", an instrumental collection of solo guitar pieces, was released by Windham Hill in 1978. His next album, "Slow Circle" (1979) was his last for Windham Hill to exclusively feature solo guitar work. As the label shifted away from folk into a more new age sound de Grassi was joined by an ensemble of Windham Hill artists on subsequent albums.

For his fifth album, "Altiplano" (1987), released by RCA Novus rather than Windham Hill, de Grassi turned to more of a jazz sound. After one more new age album he began mixing in world music influences, particularly South American music, on his album "The World's Getting Loud" (1993), his last release for Windham Hill. He reprised the South American theme on "Tata Monk" (2000). de Grassi was nominated for a Grammy Award for his 1998 album "The Water Garden."
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.
David Rokeach
David Rokeach
A long time Bay Area resident, drummer David Rokeach has been working primarily in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas for more than 20 years. David toured nationally and internationally with Ray Charles from 1990-91. This included concert videos and many television appearances, including an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Doc Severinson Orchestra. In recent years he has performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls ,Dr. John, Grammy winner Joe Henderson, Down Beat Poll winner Mark Murphy, Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Calvin Keys, Barry Finnerty, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Melvin Seals, The Family Stone Experience, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra,The San Francisco Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Dallas Sympnony, Paula West, Brazilian Master Marcos Silva, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Bluegrass Grammy winner Alison Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., award-winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, acclaimed composer and Grammy winner, Maria Schneider,Tony, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy Award winner, Rita Moreno, and many more.
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.
gina Breedlove
gina Breedlove
"In Goddess culture, gina Breedlove is a vocal priestess" - Holly Near

Medicine Woman gina Breedlove is a vocalist, composer, actor, and sound healer from Brooklyn, NY. gina began her singing career at age 16 working with the incomparable Phyllis Hyman, and went on to tour the world as featured vocalist w/the masterful Harry Belafonte. She created the role of "Sarabi" in the Broadway production of "The Lion King", and has worked with director Spike Lee twice, as actor & sound healer, for
"Chi-Raq", & "Living da Dream". gina tours the world with her music that she calls, folksoul, and holds sound healing
rituals in every city she visits. gina's concerts are ritual; the potent and deeply powerful healing that comes from intentional Sound lifts us on a cellular level.

"gina's voice is sheer revelry, and her beauty captures your spirit and mind"- jazztimes