Mary Stallings with Kenny Barron

Mary Stallings with Kenny Barron

Each generation, it seems, discovers Mary Stallings anew. A supremely soulful jazz singer, the San Francisco native has appeared alongside jazz greats including Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie and the Count Basie Orchestra. With her supple sense of swing, blues-inflected phrasing, and gift for empathic interpretation, it’s easy to see why The New York Times declared her “perhaps the best jazz singer alive today.” Stallings has a long history with SFJAZZ, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2011 Gala and performing during the historic Opening Night concert at the SFJAZZ Center. For the first show of her two-night return to the Miner Auditorium stage, she’s paired with jazz piano giant Kenny Barron. Barron is a 2010 NEA Jazz Master who has helped define and extend the jazz tradition since his work with Dizzy Gillespie in the early ‘60s catapulted him into the spotlight. A nine-time Grammy nominee, his career includes extended associations with Stan Getz, Yusef Lateef and Freddie Hubbard in addition to his sparkling work as a leader, which has yielded nearly 50 albums in settings from solo piano to big band. This is a sublime pairing of two simpatico musical souls.

Artist Personnel

Mary Stallings vocals
Kenny Barron piano

Genres

"Soul is a quality that can’t be bought or borrowed, faked or sold, which probably explains why Mary Stallings has emerged once again as one of the most distinctive and compelling jazz singers on the scene. " — DownBeat
"With his winning combination of wit and grit, elegance and probing intelligence, Kenny Barron sets the standard for post-bop pianism. " — Boston Globe