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Women in Jazz - Mad Duran, Tammy Hall, Ruth Davies & Beth Goodfellow
The Bay Terrace (Mira) Theater
Vallejo, CA
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Women in Jazz - Mad Duran, Tammy Hall, Ruth Davies & Beth Goodfellow
Women have been a part of jazz since the beginning. But from Lil Hardin playing in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band to today's current crop of female jazz artists, their achievements have often been overlooked.  So the Vallejo Jazz Society asked renowned local saxophonist, Mad Duran, to put together a quartet of women to celebrate the contribution of women to this uniquely American musical form.

The bandleader asked fellow Bay Area jazz musicians, Ruth Davies on bass, Tammy Hall on keys and Elizabeth Goodfellow on drums to help her showcase the contributions of women to jazz.  And, what better way than to have four remarkable bay area jazz talents step into the spotlight and play!

About Mad Duran:

Renowned saxophonist and bandleader, Madaline Duran, brings a wealth of artistry and experience to her work. Duran prides herself in creating from the heart with her lush sound, melodic weaving lines over choral harmonies, and bouncing rhythms trying to play something fresh every time.

As Mad says in her own words, "I play games with myself while improvising, forcing myself to go in different directions when I solo.  I've got to keep myself always searching and placing obstacles otherwise I'm not interested."

Music critic, Herb Cain, summed it up best when he said, "Mad Duran is just what jazz needs - soul, swing and a breath of femininity."

About Elizabeth Goodfellow:

Elizabeth Goodfellow has been playing drums since she was ten years old. Her recent projects include The Emily Anne Band (America's Got Talent 2012), with whom she released her first original song on iTunes (co-written with Miriam Speyer): "Lullaby." Beth has performed for the President and is a vetran of the United States Air Force. She recently returned from Sweden where she recorded drum parts for Norwegian pop star Magnus Gronneberg's forthcoming release for Warner Norway. Newly relocated to Los Angeles after living in San Francisco for five years, Beth is excited to be a member of ShyBoy, an electro-dream-pop band based in L.A. When her creativity seeks non-musical mediums, Beth can be found curating offerings for her online vintage clothing shop, Double Dare Vintage.

About Tammy Hall:

"Tammy's playing is warm & persuasive and a listener's delight. She has much to offer in the way of originality, fine technique and a rich emotional quality that is evident on everything she does," says Marian McPartland.

Tammy's major musical influences include Tania Maria, Joe Sample, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, Shirley Horn, Dorothy Donnegan, Hank Jones,Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. Much like her influences, Tammy brings a virtuosity to the piano that is never ostentatious, and her approach to music moves whoever is listening and is always genuine and fresh.

Tammy's impressive accompanist skills have made her a top choice for many wellknown singers including Kim Nalley, she performed with at Lincoln Center in December 2012, Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes, Darlene Love, Melba Moore and the late Etta Jones. She also regularly plays with the highly acclaimed Montclair Women's Big Band and vocalist Pamela Rose in the show Wild Women of Song. Tammy also accompanies choirs
at churches around the Bay Area and often performs as the musical inspiration at services. She is equally gifted in the Classical, Gospel, Latin, R&B and Jazz genres. From performing solo to playing with big bands, from Carnegie Hall to Yoshi's, Tammy does it all.

About Ruth Davies:

Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.

Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others.

She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, performing at major jazz festivals and concerts and on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Ruth continues to spend considerable time abroad. She has recorded and performed internationally with Maria Muldaur, Denise Jannah, Dmitri Matheny and European pianist/composer Amina Figarova. Lately she has "returned to the roots" and travels with Elvin Bishop's band.

Previous concerts included Yancie Taylor, Denise Perrier, Larry Vuckovich, Paul Hanson, Pamela Rose, Carlitos Medrano, Le Jazz Hot and Calvin Keys.

Tickets for the concert are $10 ($5 for VJS members) and may be purchased at the door or online at Refreshments will be available for purchase.

About the Vallejo Jazz Society:

A not-for-profit organization formed in September of 2010, the Vallejo Jazz Society's mission is to heighten awareness of jazz in Vallejo and nearby communities by sponsoring concerts throughout the year at various local venues. The organization also provides jazz-related educational resources such as concerts and clinics to local schools and youth organizations.
Tickets for the concert are $10 ($5 for VJS members) and may be purchased at the door or online at Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Vallejo Jazz Society presents
Women in Jazz
Sunday, November 10, 2013 5pm
Bay Terrace Theatre
51 Daniels Avenue
Vallejo, CA  94590
General Admission  $10($5 for VJS members)
Buy tickets at the door or online at
707.533.4593 or for information



The Bay Terrace (Mira) Theater (View)
51 Daniels Ave
Vallejo, CA 94590
United States


Music > Jazz

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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