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March 14, 2017 > Maria Muldaur returns with Jazzabelle show

Maria Muldaur returns with Jazzabelle show

Submitted By Brask House Concerts

Multi-Grammy nominee Maria Muldaur, best known for her 1974 mega pop hit, ÒMidnight at the Oasis,Ó has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American roots music, including jazz and big band, blues, gospel, R&B and ÒBluesiana.Ó She returns to FremontÕs Mission Coffee on Saturday, March 18 to perform her special show Jazzabelle, an evening of vintage classic jazz and naughty bawdy blues from the repertoire of her blues heroines, as well as some classic jazz tunes written by the hippest of jazz writers including Mose Allison and Hoagie Carmichael. Muldaur will be accompanied by pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr for this very special, rarely performed show.

ÒBessie Smith, Victoria Spivey, Sippie Wallace, Blue Lu Barker, Billie Holiday... these were the first queens of blues and jazz! I am but their humble disciple and lifelong student of their soulful artistry!Ó says Muldaur. ÒSince first hearing Bessie Smith sing ÔEmpty Bed BluesÕ on a scratchy old 78 record at the tender age of 17, I have been deeply moved, inspired, influenced and informed by these women and their amazing and soulful music.Ó

Despite her considerable pop music success, MuldaurÕs 52 plus-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music. Starting with the folk revival of the early '60s she began exploring and singing early blues, bluegrass and Appalachian Òold timeyÓ music, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band. In the early Ô70s, Muldaur collaborated, recorded, and toured with legendary jazz giant, Benny Carter, who led an all-star big band of jazz greats.

Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, ÒRichland Woman Blues,Ó was nominated for a Grammy and received a Blues Foundation nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up album, ÒSweet LovinÕ OlÕ Soul.Ó MuldaurÕs timely 2008 album, ÒYes We Can!Ó covered songs from some of the most socially conscious songwriters of the past half century, and featured her WomenÕs Voices for Peace Choir, which included Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, and Holly Near.

ÒSteady LoveÓ features what Muldaur calls ÒBluesiana musicÓ Ð her own brand of New Orleans-flavored blues, R&B and swamp funk. It reached number one on the Living Blues Chart and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.

ÒFirst Came Memphis Minnie,Ó MuldaurÕs 40th album, is a loving tribute to the pioneering blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Muldaur on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor, and Rory Block.

Brask House Concerts and Mission Coffee are proud to welcome Muldaur back for an intimate piano duo presentation featuring the timeless repertoire of these blues and jazz greats.

ÒI am really looking forward to performing my special Jazzabelle show at Mission Coffee, as last year I really enjoyed performing in that casual, intimate setting for such a wonderful group of appreciative, avidly listening music fans!Ó says Muldaur.

A special pre-sale for advance tickets are available at Mission Coffee as of Sunday, March 12. Tickets are $20 and cash only; no credit cards or checks accepted.

Maria Muldaur Ð Jazzabelle
Saturday, Mar 18
7 p.m. Ð 9 p.m.
Mission Coffee Roasting Co.
151 Washington Blvd, Fremont
(510) 623-6920
Tickets: $20

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