Tag Archives: Music

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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Wondaland artist Jidenna delivered a classic performance at Annie St. Plaza in San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood. Photo by Ibraheem Muhammad.

“Classic Man” Artist Jidenna is About More than Music

By Ibraheem Muhammad   Up and coming artist Jidenna recently delivered a classic performance for fans in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood.   Known for his hit release “Classic Man” – which has brought the [...]
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 [...]
(Left to right) Carol Fleming, board member, Commonwealth Club of California, and director of the Music Matters series; Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director, Cole Porter Society; Jo Jo Osgood; The Honorable Edgar dePue Osgood; and Margaret Griffith. Photo by Conway Jones.

Noah Griffin Brings Cole Porter to Life

Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director of the Cole Porter Society, brought the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter to life when he presented a program recently at the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sugar Pie DeSanto Finds Respect in Europe

  Veteran R&B singer-songwriter Sugar Pie DeSanto wowed the crowd at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy last month with renditions of her 1960s hits, “I Want to Know” and “Skip-In Mules” among other songs.
Denise Perrier

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Denise Perrier Circles the Globe Singing Jazz and Blues

  Although singer Denise Perrier was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her music education didn’t really begin until she relocated to Oakland with her mother and older sister in 1945.
Oakland Jack’N for Beats winner, Doc D (pictured left) walked away with a cash prize and a slot as a semifinalist at the Jack’N for Beats local finale for its national competition. He’s now entered in the running to win $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled. Visit www.jacknforbeats.com for more details. (Photo provided courtesy of CT Films)

Jack’N for Beats Continues National Search for Next Hip Hop Star Winner Receives $10,000 Grand Prize and Studio Session with DJ Khaled

  A national hip hop competition, Jack’N for Beats, is searching for the hottest unsigned MC to crown as this year’s winner with a $10,000 grand prize and studio session with hip hop mogul and [...]