Don't Miss Lisa B's Holiday Concert

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) ~ Songs for Chanukah, Christmas, and the Solstice
Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Musically Minded Academy
5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 601-5700
Door general $15, students/seniors $12, advance sales available until Dec. 8:

Featuring artists:
Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), vocals
Ben Flint, keyboards
Fred Randolph, bass
Alan Hall, drums  
Jazz and pop singer and poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) and her Holiday Trio will perform a diverse mix of songs celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, and the Solstice at this special concert on the first night of Chanukah. The performance will feature songs from Lisa B's 2011 holiday CD, including the Jewish traditional song "Hine Ma Tov," Matisyahu's Chanukah song "Miracle," the standards "Let It Snow," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and "Christmas Time Is Here," Donny Hathaway's soul holiday song "This Christmas," a special version of Cole Porter's "Night and Day" celebrating the Solstice, and Lisa B's new originals "Holiday in Oakland" and "The Flame." 
Here's a stream and lyrics from Reverb Nation of "Holiday in Oakland," a new anthem celebrating the great city of Oakland composed with Jim Gardiner of Pajama Studios: 
Singer-songwriter-poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) performs jazz, jazz-soul, and pop standards and original songs, often incorporating her unique spoken word and poetic rap. Her five CDs received radio play and charting on hundreds of trade-reporter stations and excellent reviews in All Music Guide, Jazz Times, and many other publications. 
Of Lisa’s 2011 holiday CD, critics wrote “Vibrant, diverse... courageous… [with] an energy that is enchanting” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer); “Should be playing in hipper households over the next few months. Tasty throughout” (Midwest Record); “An ambitious undertaking… Ms. Bernstein’s energy is so palpable –- you can’t help but be drawn in… highly recommended.”  –
Lisa B has performed 80+ gigs in the Bay Area and beyond, including the Elbo Room, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco State, Stanford University, 2009 Harmony Festival, La Pena, Paradise Lounge, and 2nd Annual Bay Area JazzPoetry Festival. She is the author of the poetry books The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press) and Anorexia (Five Fingers Poetry), and her poems have appeared in 60+ anthologies and periodicals. Lisa B is a former Associate Director of the Poetry Center at SFSU and received creative writing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and elsewhere. She also volunteers as a poetry-writing teacher to youth in Oakland and Emeryville. (
Ben Flint, pianist, performed for many years with Isaac Hayes’s band and has also performed with Ledisi, Mary Stallings, and Nicolas Bearde.  He studied at the Berklee College of Music, has a master’s degree in music from USC, and teaches at Berkeley Community College and the Jazzschool. Ben is a regular member of Lisa B’s trio and has cowritten one song with her.
Bassist Fred Randolph leads The Fred Randolph Quintet and performs with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem Brasileira, Michael Smolens’s Kriya, Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap, Kenny Washington, Marcos Silva, and many others. He leads the jazz program at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland.
Drummer Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Rebecca Parris, Cirque du Soleil and many others. He is featured on Lisa B’s 2011 holiday CD. He teaches at Cal State University East Bay, the Jazzschool, Musically Minded Academy, and elsewhere.

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