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Katie Webster

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Blues Piano Queen Katie Webster, From West Oakland to World Fame

Blues pianist Katie Webster contributed to countless records by the likes of Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester and Lightnin’ Slim, and recorded some of her own featuring her robust contralto pipes.
Odia Coates

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Odia Coates Never Forgot Her Roots in Gospel Music

When Odia Coates’ pastor at Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ in San Jose learned in 1966 that she was singing in nightclubs, he promptly kicked her out of the choir.
Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and harpist Ann Hobson Pilot.

Four Seasons Arts Opens 57th Season

  Four Seasons Arts, one of the oldest music series in the Bay Area, is announcing its new season.   Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and Kelly Hall-Tompkins will open the season on Oct. 10 at [...]