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Pink Martini
Holiday Concert

Pink Martini

Dec 14 - Dec 17
Miner Auditorium

Pound for pound, no other band does what Pink Martini does. With the combined power of a dozen musicians, the band brings its rollicking cross-genre mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop at major venues all over the world.

Following their 2016 SFJAZZ debut to kick off the tour for their latest release, Je dis oui!, the self-described “little orchestra” returns with their infectiously joyous, dance-friendly music The Washington Post called “rich, hugely approachable, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious... it seems to speak to just about everybody.” Formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon, the group has built a monstrous fan base through performances in settings ranging from the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Opening of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall to late night television with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jools Holland and even a video greeting to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Fronted by the dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini has performed with over 50 of the world’s great orchestras and recorded seven albums on Lauderdale’s own Heinz imprint, collaborating with Japanese vocal star Saori Yuki’s album 1969 and the 2014 album Dream a Little Dream in partnership with The von Trapps.

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The self-described “little orchestra” returns with their infectiously joyous, dance-friendly music, performing popular selections from the bands's 22-year career, as well as some holiday favorites.

China Forbes’s elegant, crisp voice brings a wonderful frostiness to Pink Martini’s ability to leaven sincerity with kitschness.

The Guardian

China Forbes’s elegant, crisp voice brings a wonderful frostiness to Pink Martini’s ability to leaven sincerity with kitschness.

The Guardian

Personnel

Thomas Lauderdale piano
China Forbes vocals
Phil Baker bass
Dan Faehnle guitar
Nicholas Crosa violin
Gavin Bondy trumpet
Antonis Andreou trombone
Timothy Nishimoto vocals and percussion
Brian Davis congas and percussion
Miguel Bernal congas and percussion
Reinhardt Melz drums and percussion

Impressive at every musician’s station, this ensemble produces music that’s charming and elegant.

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Personnel

Thomas Lauderdale piano
China Forbes vocals
Phil Baker bass
Dan Faehnle guitar
Nicholas Crosa violin
Gavin Bondy trumpet
Antonis Andreou trombone
Timothy Nishimoto vocals and percussion
Brian Davis congas and percussion
Miguel Bernal congas and percussion
Reinhardt Melz drums and percussion

Impressive at every musician’s station, this ensemble produces music that’s charming and elegant.

Variety

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

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Little Drummer Boy