There’s a method to her creative madness, says former Bay Area resident Meshell Ndegeocello, whose projects range from covering work by Prince and Gil Scott-Heron to the new album “Pour une Ame Souveraine (For a Sovereign Soul) — A Dedication to Nina Simone.” It’s all about casual confidence. “I don’t want to be this jazz musician who thinks everything I fart out is super-special,” says the bassist. Read More
In the world of showbiz, it’s sometimes easy to overlook that the second syllable is short for “business.”
That’s not the case with Kim Nalley, who opens a five-week run at the Rrazz Room on Tuesday with “She Put a Spell on Me” featuring the music of Nina Simone.
The accomplished jazz singer knows all too well what’s involved in keeping the doors open from her years running the club Jazz at Pearl’s, which was not necessarily the career boost people might think. Read More