Mary Stallings feat. Bruce Barth, Vicente Archer & Clarence Penn | SFJAZZ

Mary Stallings

Mary Stallings feat. Bruce Barth, Vicente Archer & Clarence Penn

 

Mary Stallings
feat. Bruce Barth, Vicente Archer
& Clarence Penn

Thursday, May 4, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Mary Stallings feat. Bruce Barth, Vicente Archer & Clarence Penn

A vocalist with a singular approach to standards, Mary Stallings begins her week as Resident Artistic Director with a night devoted to the music from her latest HighNote album, Feelin’ Good – a record dedicated to the legendary artists she has worked with and who have helped her find her way in music – figures including Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, and Billy Eckstine. A San Francisco native, Stallings has been on a singular path as a standard-bearing interpreter of the Great American Songbook since the 60s, and the music on Feelin’ Good is easily the strongest set of material she has committed to a recording since her triumphant re-emergence on the scene in the 1980s. Standards including “Yesterdays,” “Girl Talk,” and “Close Your Eyes” are balanced with the soul of Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” and masterful approaches to Thelonious Monk’s “Reflections” and “Monk’s Dream.” The highly accomplished quartet joining Stallings for this night includes a pair of artists who appeared on the album, pianist and arranger Bruce Barth and eminent vibraphonist Steve Nelson, along with Robert Glasper Trio bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Clarence Penn. In their review of the album, JazzTimes said, “Jazz singing simply doesn’t get any better.”

Artist Personnel

Mary Stallings vocals
Steve Nelson vibraphone
Bruce Barth piano
Vicente Archer bass
Clarence Penn drums

Artist Website

"Stallings’ warmth keens with blues inflection, her firm sense of time and pulse reach you with laid-back ease " — New York Daily News
"Jazz singing simply doesn’t get any better " — JazzTimes

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