Mary Stallings w/ Chester Thompson | SFJAZZ
Mary Stallings w/ Chester Thompson
“Her warmth keens with blues inflection, her firm sense of time and pulse reach you with laid-back ease.” says the New York Daily News about San Francisco native and Resident Artistic Director Mary Stallings, whose third night pairs her distinctive, evocative voice with a band featuring Hammond B-3 organist Chester Thompson. A fellow Bay Area native and twelve-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner, Thompson is best known for his virtuosic playing and composing as a long-term member of both Tower of Power and Santana, as well as his work in jazz as a bandleader. His 1971 jazz-funk organ album Powerhouse on the Black Jazz label is considered a classic of the genre, and its follow-up, Mixology, was released an incredible 42 years later on KCSM DJ Pete Fallico’s organ-centric Doodlin’ Records. Dubbed “From Blues to Bebop,” this program explores the gritty, earthy, and soulful sides of the jazz repertoire, and Stallings – a veteran of work with bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie and blues-loving jazz giant Count Basie – is the perfect artist to mine this rich trove of classic songs.
Mary Stallings vocals
Chester Thompson Hammond B-3 organ
Ed Cherry guitar
other artists TBA