Lizz Wright & Meklit Hadero

Lizz Wright & Meklit Hadero

Lizz Wright

Meklit Hadero

Friday, March 23, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright & Meklit Hadero

Lizz Wright

Meklit Hadero

Friday, March 23, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Meklit Hadero

Lizz Wright

This soulful double-bill features two singers who have created astonishing new music by embracing the traditions on which they were raised. With a luxuriant voice redolent of the red soil that sustained her growing up in Georgia, Lizz Wright sanctifies every song she sings. While the 32-year-old Brooklyn resident first gained attention delivering Swing Era standards associated with Billie Holiday, she’s continued in recent years as a singer/songwriter whose music eludes definition. Her latest Verve album Fellowship is a gospel-drenched collaboration with another vocal powerhouse, Toshi Reagan, and Wright spent much of the last year touring with Dianne Reeves and Angelique Kidjo in a tribute to Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta.

Artist Personnel

Lizz Wright vocals
Robin Macatangay guitar
Glenn Patscha keyboards
Nicholas D'Amato bass
Brannen Temple drums

Artist Website

"Lizz Wright is celebrated for one thing in particular: her sumptuously earthy voice, which commands strict and often spine-tingling attention. " — The New York Times

Meklit Hadero

Ethiopian-born San Francisco singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero returns to SFJAZZ following her triumphant sold-out show last fall. Hadero became a sensation with the release of her 2010 debut On A Day Like This, an enchanting album featuring her delicately luminous original songs and traditional Amharic melodies. But she’s also right at home belting out a version of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat.” Whether performing with her transfixing world-trance band Nefasha Ayer, grooving with classic R&B belter Quinn Deveaux, or breaking down walls with her new African hip-hop project CopperWire, Hadero cuts a regal figure as an emerging queen of soul.

Artist Personnel

Meklit Hadero vocals, guitar
Darren Johnston trumpet
Evan Flory Barnes bass
D'Vonne Lewis drums

Artist Website

"Hadero’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen. " — NPR