Sunday, January 26, 2014

Diane Witherspoon in Concert Saturday February 8

Diane Witherspoon in Concert
Saturday February 8, 2014 8pm
The Jazz School
2087 Addison St,
Berkeley, CA, 94704
General: $15
Student/Senior: $12
All ages

Singer, composer, and producer, Diane Witherspoon began singing as a child
(with 8 siblings), and often performed in her church choir. Originally from
Minneapolis, Minnesota, and now residing in Las Vegas, NV, Diane spends
much of her professional life performing abroad in places like Mumbai,
Singapore, China, Europe, and recently, in Africa. Diane has taught music
and conducted workshops for students in California public schools and in
Tokyo, Japan. Inspired by her sister, Shirley Witherspoon, a former Duke
Ellington vocalist, and second cousin, Jimmy Witherspoon, a legendary blues
 \singer, Diane is coming back to the Bay Area for this rare opportunity to
perform for her long-time fan base here.

Joining Diane for this concert will be legendary west coast jazz drummer,
Myron Cohen and his Billy Higgins Legacy Band. On piano, renowned Lee Bloom
will join Myron as musical director for the material which will cover some
 Cedar Walton tunes, jazz standards with new arrangements, and some fresh tunes.

As individuals, Myron and Lee have performed with just some of the following
luminaries: Madeleine Peyroux, Pete Escovedo, Mary Stallings, Hall Stein, Michael Bloomfield,        John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Roland Kirk, Otis Spann, Todd Phillips, Steve Heckman, Jamie Davis, Dan Hicks, Rosanne Cash, Hazel Dickens, Elvis Costello, Ron Stallings,     Azar Lawrence, Ravi Coltrane, Woody Shaw, Donald 'Rafael' Garrett and Wayne Shorter.

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For more information contact: Joey Brite at 510.459.6072

The International Jazz Singer with Diane Witherspoon
Vocal Workshop with Diane Witherspoon
Sunday February 9, 2014
Noon to 3pm
The Jazz School
2087 Addison St,Berkeley, CA, 94704
Advance: $50
Day of Workshop: $65
All ages

Whether you work in your hometown or in faraway places,
a singer must have a diverse repertoire, know how to put
together a show, know what to wear and how to create a
personal book of songs that will “translate” no matter what
country they’re in. Understanding the audience, using proper
microphone technique and leading the band are also key components
 of being well prepared.

Students will hear a brief lecture and then
will have the opportunity to sing with an accompanist,
for critique and input from Diane Witherspoon. Please
ensure the song is memorized and bring three copies of the sheet music.

Based in Las Vegas, singer Diane Witherspoon has recorded
extensively since 1988. She has performed throughout the world
with jazz greats including Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie
Henderson, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Morgan, Eric Alexander, Red Holloway,
John Clayton, Calvin Keys, John Heard, Roy McCurdy and many others.

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