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Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein): Jazz Singer-Songwriter-Poet
The Sound Room
Oakland, CA
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Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein): Jazz Singer-Songwriter-Poet
Singer, songwriter, and poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) melds captivating jazz vocals with vivid spoken word.

"Lisa Bernstein's mix of spoken word poetry...and passionate jazzy, high-register vocalizing is hard to resist." - All Music Guide

Her heartfelt, sensitive delivery of standards reflects the devotion to lyrics of jazz singers Carmen McRae and Sheila Jordan. In addition, her original songs  often with poetic spoken word woven into the compositions  echo the lyrical power of Joni Mitchell, the soul-jazz of Gil Scott-Heron, and the evocative focus of Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neruda. Lisa B often combines the two aspects of her creativity  vocal interpretation and original spoken poetry  in re-envisioned standards, such as "Night and Day/The Cat Goddess" and her swinging medley "Joe Williams Died Walking/Every Day I Have the Blues."

Lisa B's Sound Room debut also christens her new trio of highly accomplished, dynamic musicians:

Dan Zemelman, piano

Peter Barshay, bass

Jeff Marrs, drums

Honoring the Sound Room's Uptown Oakland location, Lisa and her trio will be performing her song "Holiday in Oakland." Her homemade video for the song went viral locally and was featured in a news segment/interview with Lisa on Christmas Day by KTVU news.

"She totally captivated the audience. She is an originator, and her arrangements are mesmerizing!" - Gary Hamada, Jazz and Blues Company Concert Manager/KRML-FM

Lisa B's five full-length CDs (released from 1999 to 2011) have received radio play and charting on hundreds of trade-reporter stations and excellent reviews in All Music Guide, Jazz Times, Jazziz, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and many other publications. A new record, "Cole Porter Reimagined," is due for release in 2016.

"Her voice is a lovely instrument, her timbre warm, her phrasing fluid, her articulation pristine, and she possesses an emotional range that makes lyrics sound like truth. She sings like the dickens." - Ted Panken, jazz  critic for Downbeat, Jazziz

Lisa B is also a literary poet. Two books of her poetry have been published, the chapbook Anorexia (Five Fingers Poetry) and The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press). Her poems have appeared in more than 60 literary magazines and anthologies. She has received grants and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund/Money for Women, and Puffin Foundation.

"Whatever she knows or sings comes, in Whitman's term, from the body electric." - Francis Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, in the San Jose Mercury News


The Sound Room (View)
2147 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Sound Room
On BPT Since: Mar 21, 2010
The Sound Room

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