Marlena Shaw to Play the RRazz Room, 11/29-12/2
The RRazz Room, San Francisco’s premier nightclub, presents the return engagement of acclaimed jazz and pop vocalist, MARLENA SHAW. Whether she’s singing jazz, R&B, pop, rock, soul, blues or gospel, Shaw’s originality makes such distinctions irrelevant, and each song becomes intimate and new. For her new show at The RRazz Room Shaw gives a vocal master-class performing classic jazz and R&B standards leaving no room for question why critics call her a soul legend. Her big hits include "California Soul," "Wade In The Water" and the classic Disco remake of "Touch Me In The Morning." The show will run November 29 to December 2.
MARLENA SHAW is the ultimate song stylist. Downbeat named her “Best Female Singer,” and many have compared her range, class and swing that of to eternal jazz lights like Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson. Given her 40-year plus boundary-busting career, such labeling confusion is inevitable. Marlena is universally admired for her warm, supple voice and relaxed charm; a natural storyteller, her spoken words before, during, and between songs is often hilarious.
Marlena’s smiling; spontaneous interplay with both her band and her audience invites the listener in like a valued friend. Using the experience she received with the Count Basie Band, Marlena has become a favorite singer for big bands. Witness her work with Frank Foster at Lincoln Center and with Diva. But despite her long experience, there’s no slickness or pretense in Marlena’s style. Communicating directly from her heart and soul to yours, her undiminished creative vitality has no artificial ingredients. Like water – or a welcome breath of fresh air – Marlena is an all-natural element.