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Tara Linda & The Rumor Mill
January 23, 2012
Oakland's vocal jazz songstress
Mon, Jan 23
8:00pm $12 advance / $15 day-of-show
Oakland’s own songstress Tara Linda takes the stage tonight at Yoshi’s to deliver jazzy blues, Latin torch and more. From smoky ballads to sassy swings, her delivery is heartfelt and playful. Come hear why everyone’s talking about her thrilling vocal style, which hints of 1930’s/40’s jazz, with refreshingly original songwriting and lyrics. Tara Linda's performances are described as "mesmerizing" (TimeOut Oakland Tribune/San Jose Mercury News) and her voice “rich and sultry" (The Muse's Muse).
Inspired both by American and Latin American torch singers—from Lydia Mendoza to Sarah Vaughan and Connie Francis—Tara’s voice reflects the jazz, blues, and Latin traditions with which she grew up. Tonight’s performance showcases the diverse repertoire of the music her ensemble performs, from tantalizing tangos and swings, to ballads and spine-tingling boleros.
She began singing from behind a drumkit, writing music for power pop bands. She took up bass and later, the accordion and ukulele, while her songs garnered growing acclaim. Tara’s third album, Tortilla Western Serenade, received critical praise and international airplay, hitting the top 20 on American and European charts. Her CD was voted the “Far-and-Away- Best of 2010” debut CD on the Freeform American Roots Charts in Austin, Texas.
Tara’s upcoming jazz CD, Torch and Sass (spring 2012 release), has already generated solid buzz. The new collection includes a playful blend of jazz swings, stomps, bossa novas, and even an Indian-tinged tigress tune. “I’m obsessed with the infectious sound of celebration in the early jazz recordings, circa 1920’s/30’s/40’s, and the first torch-singing sirens of that era,” Tara says.The magic of these early recordings parallels her own musical sensibilities as well as her love of community, passion and sexy, spirited fun, some of the most important reasons she makes music.
You won’t want to miss tonight’s exciting, one-of-a-kind performance, with Tara Linda dazzling on vocals, and her band The Rumor Mill raising the musical bar with Rafael Herrera on drums, Paul Eastburn on bass, David Meletiche (guitar), Gil Cohen (trumpet), and Luis Andrade (alto sax and flute). Be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes along!