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Azure McCall

For nearly four decades, vocalist Azure McCall has been know as Hawaii’s “First Lady of Jazz” and heir to the tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae and Ella Fitzgerald.  Acclaim from legendary artist like Dizzy Gillespie (who invited her to perform with him at the Monterey Jazz Festival), a tour with legendary bassist Ray Brown in a band that included saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Nicolas Payton, pianist Geoff Keezer and drummer Karriem Riggins and command performances for President Barack Obama (a fan since his high school years in Hawaii) have combined to build her a reputation well beyond Hawai’i as an artist at the top of her craft. Recent years have seen touring to some 60 countries as an ambassador for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruises, but Berkeley, California is her birthplace and her return to her hometown to work with the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and the Oakland Public Conservatory of music, is a sign of her determination to give back to her community. She still travels still work as a Jazz vocalist around the world and at home. She hopes her homecoming will allow her to share her art through educational programs in the schools and outreach programs in the Bay Area.

Earlier Event: June 22
Later Event: June 26
Oakland Wine Club