Laurie Antonioli | SFJAZZ
Sunday, March 5, 5:30pm · 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab
A proud Bay Area native who happens to be on the short list of the greatest lyrical interpreters in jazz, Laurie Antonioli brings fresh interpretations of Joni Mitchell’s timeless music in spacious arrangements explored by a deft quintet of improvisers. As a young singer, studies in the prestigious jazz vocal program at Mt. Hood Community College in Portland and hearing Portland native Nancy King in the clubs stoked a fire for improvisation, and regular appearances with iconic singer Mark Murphy at his weekly gigs in Tiburon thrust Antonioli into the scene as a working professional. Since her first tour of Europe with saxophonist Pony Poindexter, she has established herself as a consummate interpreter of standards and American popular song, working with Bobby McFerrin, pianists George Cables and Richie Beirach as well as an extended friendship with tenor sax legend Joe Henderson, crafting lyrics to his original compositions along with regular conversations and mentoring for over two decades until his death in 2001. “He insisted I read and reread the existentialists," said Antonioli, “…Herman Hesse, Camus, Sartre, Kafka, and Dostevosky - that was a good call.” An experienced educator as well as performer, Antonioli is currently the head of the jazz vocal program at Berkeley’s California Jazz Conservatory. With a rich voice and gift for lyrical interpretation, Antonioli honors Joni Mitchell, the subject of her 2014 album Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light.
Laurie Antonioli vocals
Matt Clark piano
John Shifflett bass
Jason Lewis drums
Dave MacNab guitar
Sheldon Brown - tenor, clarinet
"Laurie Antonioli is emerging as the most important vocalist, let alone jazz vocalist, this decade.
" — All About Jazz
"A ferociously creative vocalist.
" — East Bay Express