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The Apollas, 1966 (l-r): Ella Jamerson, Leola Jiles, and Billie Barnum.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: How Pittsburg Vocalist Leola Jiles Transitioned From Gospel to Pop

  During their debut at the Sweet Chariot – a nightclub in Manhattan, allegedly run by the Mafia, that presented African American gospel music to largely white audiences – the Bay Area gospel-singing group, the [...]
The Whispers - Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell and Leaveil Degree.

The Whispers Will Be Home for the Holidays at the Paramount

The smooth velvety voices of The Whispers will come back to the Bay Area Nov. 28 at Oakland’s Paramount Theater.   Presented by Bay Area Productions, The Whispers’ “Home for the Holidays” concert will feature [...]
Kim Nalley

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Kim Nalley Uses Music to Say Black Lives Matter

  “Michael Brown is dead, and they still haven’t arrested that policeman,” Kim Nalley sings in anguished alto tones on “Ferguson Blues,” one of two original songs about the killing of African American teens on [...]
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 [...]
Jeanie Tracy

Bay Area African American Women in Music: How Dance Music Diva Jeanie Tracy Survived the Death of Disco

Disco music may have fallen from mainstream favor in 1979 – its rapid decline that year fueled by often racist cries of “disco sucks” and by a crate full of disco records being blown up [...]
Tiffany Austin

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Jazz singer Tiffany Austin Shifts Career into High Gear

  Singer Tiffany Austin was on cloud nine last Friday.   National Public Radio had just broadcast a rave review by critic Kevin Whitehead on its popular “Fresh Air” program of her debut CD, “Nothing [...]