A Tribute to Melanie Berzon with Tammy Hall Trio, Melanie DeMore, Barbara Dane, The V-Note Ensemble, and The Montclair Women's Big Band

A Tribute to Melanie Berzon with Tammy Hall Trio, Melanie DeMore, Barbara Dane, The V-Note Ensemble, and The Montclair Women's Big Band

Tammy Hall Trio, Melanie DeMore, Barbara Dane, The V-Note Ensemble, The Montclair Women's Big Band

Monday, July 8th

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$24 ADV / $28 DOOR (plus fees)

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

Melanie Berzon Tribute
Melanie Berzon Tribute
After 26 years at KCSM Radio in various positions including Program Director, Operations Director, and co-host of Jazz in the Afternoon, Melanie Berzon is retiring from her full-time job at Jazz 91. Her 46 year career in public broadcasting has graced such prestigious institutions as WGBH (Boston) and KPFA – Pacifica Radio (Berkeley) but it’s her advocacy for women in jazz that has especially brought her recognition.

Melanie has been instrumental in bringing women's voices to the airwaves from coast to coast, culminating in 2016, when she and her sister broadcasters were recognized by Harvard University for their annual International Women's Day Radio Project.

Join us as we salute Melanie Berzon for her tireless work, with a concert featuring the Tammy Hall Trio with Ruth Davies (bass) and Ruthie Price (drums); Melanie DeMore; Barbara Dane; The V-Note Ensemble; and The Montclair Women’s Big Band. Part of the proceeds will benefit KCSM Jazz 91.
Tammy Hall Trio
Tammy Hall Trio
An accomplished solo artist and bandleader, Bay Area-based pianist, organist, and composer Tammy Hall returns to the Freight accompanied by her rock-solid trio including bassist Ruth Davies and drummer Ruthie Price.

A native of Dallas, Hall began her life with the piano at age four, honing her skills in the church and later in studies at Oakland’s Mills College before setting out on a professional career that would find her warm and intuitive mix of jazz, classical, and gospel approaches in great demand. An intensive period of club performances and band building while living in Belgium for two years helped prepare Hall for her life as a collaborator and leader, and upon her return, she built a career in collaboration with a roster of major artists including Mary Wilson, Kim Nalley, Marcus Shelby, Houston Person, David “Fathead” Newman, Pamela Rose, Queen Esther Marrow, Ernestine Anderson, and Regina Carter, among dozens of others. She was a featured guest on NPR’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, and is a dedicated educator, working extensively with SFJAZZ’s education department as well as the SFUSD, Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Musically Minded Academy, and more. She has led or co-led a number of albums under her name including her latest, Blue Soul.
Melanie DeMore
Melanie DeMore
Melanie DeMore : Vocal Activist - is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah  stick pounding.  She was the subject of a documentary called 'Stick and Pound which showcases this tradition.She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in NewFoundland, Canada and Chorus America.

She is sought after as a song/ prayer facilitator, creating spontaneous choirs for The Trinity Institute, The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Powell Foundation as well as many varied spiritual and faith based organizations.She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, Master teaching artist for CalPerformances at UC Berkeley, a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change and the Artistic Conductor of The Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Living Jazz.

She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir, MUSE Cincinatti Women's Chorus and many others.

Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer ,conductor and vocal activist, who believes in the power of voices raised together.

She says:
'A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you".
Barbara Dane
Barbara Dane
“I hope my abiding love for our benighted country is apparent,” says Barbara, “along with my steadfast support of the people who suffer and struggle every day to keep it going. I hope you notice that it is possible to speak your mind to the world and still survive. Looking back over all these years of raising my voice, raising my children, raising some eyebrows, and raising hell wherever possible, I can assure you that although things look terrible right now, things do get better, sometimes even better than you can imagine! It will take time, and it surely will take plenty of struggle. But I promise you, the human race is moving in an upward spiral, not running around in circles or caught in a maze. Look up and keep pushing toward the sun of science and the stars of justice. You have only one life, so make it count!” - Barbara Dane

Barbara Dane was a rising star in the late 1950s, performing and recording with many of the greats of jazz and blues including Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and Jack Teagarden. She counted Langston Hughes and Lenny Bruce among her fans and was the first white woman to grace the cover of Ebony Magazine. An activist since her teens in Detroit, she was outspoken in her views on race and social justice and was unwilling to make the kind of compromises demanded by the music business of the day.

Inspired by the intensification of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and the growing opposition to the Vietnam War, Dane turned away from the lure of fame and celebrity, striking out on her own path and dedicating her life to singing for peace and social justice. She shared the stage with Seeger, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick at numerous massive peace rallies in Washington D.C. and was acclaimed as “the voice of the other America” by European audiences, a symbol of opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1966, Barbara became the first American musician to tour post-revolutionary Cuba, and in the early 1970s, she founded the groundbreaking Paredon Records (now part of the Smithsonian Folkways collection) with longtime partner Irwin Silber, documenting the music of the 1970s resistance and national liberation movements worldwide. Praised as a “People’s Singer,” Dane has long been “a versatile voice with a political purpose” (NPR) and remains a “symbol of resistance” even into the 21st century.
The V-Note Ensemble
The V-Note Ensemble
“…This is Latin Jazz with an original perspective that is, qualitatively, one of the best things happening in the SF Bay Area’s world music scene…” - Jesse “Chuy” Varela (Latin Beat Magazine)

Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Venezuelan folk music with adventurous jazz explorations,The VNote Ensemble gives voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. Original compositions, keen arrangements and great musicianship blend together to deliver a unique musical sound.

Jackeline Rago - Cuatro, Bandola, Vocals, Percussion
Donna Viscuso - Flute and Alto Sax
Dan Feiszli - Bass
Yonathan Gavidia - Percussion
The Montclair Women's Big Band
The Montclair Women's Big Band
"One of the West Coast's most formidable ensembles"....AllAboutJazz

Ellen Seeling, Director

The Montclair Women’s Big Band is a Bay Area treasure. Founded in 1997 by veteran trumpeter Ellen Seeling and saxophonist Jean Fineberg, the group is an alliance of some of the region's most formidable jazz women. Forging a singular blues-drenched sound with a deep Latin pocket and captivating original material, audiences are electrified by the band's powerhouse ensemble, addictive grooves and inspired solos. This extraordinary swing machine will blow you away!