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Tara Linda and The Rumor Mill
February 03, 2014
Blues, jazz & Latin torch songs
Monday, February 3
The Rumor Mill is ~
Jay Stapleton - guitar
Rafael Hererra - drums
Fred Paclibon - bass
Gil Cohen trumpet, flugelhorn
John Kadyk clarinet, tenor sax
Oakland’s own Tara Linda and the Rumor Mill return to the Yoshi’s stage for an upbeat, sultry, and eclectic night of original jazz, blues, and torch.
A Bay Area critics’ pick, Tara Linda’s performances are described as “mesmerizing” (Bay Area News Group) and praised as “a diverse musical treat” (San Jose Jazz).
From smoky ballads to sassy swings, Tara’s delivery is heartfelt and playful. While her vocal style draws from 1930’s/40’s torch, her songwriting, lyrics, and catchy hooks are refreshingly original. Inspired both by American and Latin American torch singers—from Lydia Mendoza to Sarah Vaughan, Tara’s voice is steeped in the jazz, blues, and Latin traditions of her childhood.
Torch and Sass, Tara’s 5th CD, celebrates early era vocal jazz and has been heard on NPR’s KALW, KCSM, KALX, KPFA, and KKUP. Tara says, “my writing for this CD was inspired by early recordings: the way lyrics told stories; the prominent melodies; the hooks and tongue-and-cheek humor mixed with pathos”. Tara Linda and The Rumor Mill perform a lively and culturally diverse repertoire; from tangos and swings, to stomps, bossa novas and boleros- with hooks you’ll be singing all the way home.
Tara says, “I’m inspired by the sound of celebration in early jazz, how it made people want to sing, dance, and brew moonshine!”
Tara and band are writing new songs for their 6th release, due out later this year; come celebrate an early spring with new music! ~ with Tara Linda and The Rumor Mill tonight, on the Yoshi’s Oakland stage.
Press Quotes: Tara Linda’s voice, Torch and Sass, and live performances:
“a dynamic voice that can seemingly glide through the gamut of American and Latin music with personality to spare.” Bay Area Newsgroup / Contra Costa Times, “Weekend Top 10” Randy McMullen
“Tara Linda has a pristine voice, a solid ability as a lyricist, and an intriguing ability to adjust harmonics on the fly…There is a delightful yet eclectic minimalism that borders on infectious with flair and a deceptively subtle swing.”- Critical Jazz
“a sultry voice and playful heart” ~ San Francisco Chronicle “Bay Area Arts & Entertainment Picks”, Kathleen Dixon
“uncluttered arrangements that breathe and reveal [Tara] Linda to have the requisite discipline of the jazz greats to know when to push a lyric, when to be flirty and when to pull way back.” – San Antonio Express