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The D-Lucca Music Group Presents: The New Year Jazz Legends - Hosted by Hilarious Comedian J-Red
January 07, 2013
Monday, January 7
Directed by Daniel Lucca Parenti, this heavy hitting group of Bay Area Jazz Legends are sure to bring in the New Year the right way!!! Featuring the unparalleled talents of artists such as Victoria Theodore on Keys, Tommie Bradford on Drums, Lorn Leber on Guitar, Rich Armstrong on Horns and Percussion and Indra Jones on Vocals, The New Year Legends are truly a sight to be seen, and heard. If you like Modern Jazz all mixed up with Blues, Rock, R&B, and even a little Gospel, then please come and join the Bay Area New Year Legends for an amazing night of Celebration and Music!!!!!
The D-Lucca Music Group - Daniel Lucca Parenti - Bass
Founded and Directed by Daniel D-Lucca Parenti, the D-Lucca Music Group is dedicated to providing the best that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer in Music Entertainment. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Parenti and his staff of musicians have mastered the local music scene and provide the highest quality of professionalism and musicianship. Parenti has been a top call Artist and Freelance Bassist since the age of 19, and has performed with some of the music industry’s biggest icons. Among those are Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein. With Concord Records, Parenti was part of 5 full length albums, two of which were Grammy-Nominated. His endeavors don’t limit to only Jazz however, and in 2012 he decided it was time to create the D-Lucca Music Group. Playing everything from Rock, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, and everything else in between, Parenti dedicates himself fully in his craft and to constant study and training in his field. As a Composer and Producer, Parenti has created as well as assisted in many Original Performance Groups and Recordings. Now as D-Lucca, he has released five full length original albums of his own “The All For You Project,” “Cruise Control,” “The Next Level,” and “Pressing Forward,” as well as masterful Christmas Album, “Have Yourself a Fretless Little Christmas.” Susan Frances of Smoothjazz.com says it best when she said, “D-Lucca has fused jazz and rock so beautifully that you don’t know when one ends and the other begins.” www.dlucca.com
Victoria Theodore - Keys
Victoria Theodore received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classical Piano Performance and Computer Music from Oberlin College / Conservatory of Music. Victoria studied piano and voice in the UC Berkeley Young Musician's Program (YMP) and sang (and began her accompanying career) with the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) , under the direction of Trente Morant. Through YMP, Victoria studied piano primarily with Eugene Gash (1920-1995), the first African-American concert pianist to perform a solo concert at Carnegie Hall, and a student of E. Robert Schmitz (1889-1949), a student of composer Claude Debussy. During her Stanford years, Victoria also studied Jazz Piano with Mark Levine, Bill Bell and Frank Martin.While studying for her MA in Classical Piano Performance from Standford University, Victoria performed with several San Francisco Bay Area ensembles and bands, including The Peninsula Symphony, Theatreworks, Hayward Little Theater, Oakland Youth Chorus, and jazz bands Victoria Theodore Quintet, Time Will Tell Sextet, LMNOP and 10BassT. Shortly after graduation from Stanford, Victoria toured nationally as a keyboardist for Captiol Records artists Oaktown 357 - produced by MC Hammer. Beginning in August, 2007, Victoria was hired to tour with legendary musical genius Stevie Wonder, playing keyboards and singing background vocals in his band. She has traveled around the world with Stevie and looks forward to more touring! (And yes, it's as fabulous as you'd imagine!)
Tommie Bradford - Drums
Drummer Tommie Bradford, Jr. was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His earliest experience playing drums was during church services. Throughout his many years of performing as a full time professional musician, Tommie has developed a distinctive soulful and funky groove, stylistic versatility and artistic soloing ability. He has toured and/or recorded with Santana, Whitney Houston, Rock guitarist Neal Schon, Journey's songwriter Jonathan Cain, keyboardist Rodney Franklin,Toni Tony Tone, Joyce Cooling, Braxton Brothers, and vocalist Ledisi, to name a few. He has also performed with the American Idol Christmas Tour and has appeared on BET On Jazz as well as recording for many movie sound tracks.
Lorn Leber - Guitar
Guitarists all over the world shudder at the thought of Lorn's masterful technique and musicality. He has been in the SF Bay Area for two decades now freelancing and producing anything and everything that comes in his path. His cool personality and amazing genius on guitar makes him an unbelievable addition to modern music and especially here at home in the Bay. A student of the Berkelee School of Music, in Boston, Lorn has played with many legendary musicians including the Jerry Garcia Band, Terry Disley (Acoustic Alchemy), and Legendary Gospel Bassist Joel Smith. Here is a Quote from Steve Vai: His name was Lorn Leber. Lorn is a genius. He could make up a synthetic scale and know it all over the entire neck of the guitar in an hour, complete with every chord inversion possible and impossible. His style was very fusion (sort of Mahavishnu John McLaughlin). To this day he is without a doubt the fastest guitar player I have ever seen (yes, even faster than Yngwie). All these shredders would sit at the table and try to keep up with Lorn. He would motor along and they would feverishly try to keep pace. Then Lorn would look at me, wink and smile, and then blast into infinity and beyond. Everyone would shudder in disbelief, throw their pick on the table and back away. We would watch this guy play and just laugh." - Steve Vai (Legendary Rock Guitarist/Songwriter)
Rich Armstrong - Horns and Percussion
Rich Armstrong is a veteran SF multi-instumentalist in the international touring trenches for 15 years with the likes of such varied artists as Michelle Shocked, Thomas Dolby, Cold Blood, Lyrics Born, and Boz Scaggs. He has done short stints with Josh Groban (West Coast tour) performed recently with Connie Frances, Bobby Darin and Petula Clark as part of the Rrazz room's backup band. Rich Armstrong was born in Long Beach, CA, is an avid surfer. (a regular fixture in the Fort Point lineup). At a young age he set out to become a touring musician, received his BA in Trumpet Performance at San Francisco State University. Early on in his career he toured the U.S. as the Principal Soprano Bugle in the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps (84-87) and played with the "King's of Komedy" street band at Paramount's Great America (86-92). Just after discovering his vocal talents, he realized his long standing dream of touring and joined forces with Michelle Shocked , touring the U.S. and Europe. Currently, Armstrong is a touring multi-instrumentalist, mostly known for his effected and looped trumpet/flugel, congas, bongos, percussion, rhythm guitar, bass, and also sings lead and background vocals. On occasion, he’ll whip out the harmonica, mandolin, keyboards, DJ turntables, electric percussion pads, and even washboard. His new solo album, executive produced by Michelle Shocked, is called "Rich's Life Pageant" and is a voyeuristic journey of his life utilizing trumpet tone poems. Rich has also performed with Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, Witney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Tony, Toni, Tone.
Indra Jones - Vocals
Oakland native Indra P Jones is blessed with a soulful voice and sultry appeal. Her powerful vocal performances display inspiration from a range of styles from Rock to Jazz, yet always reflecting her Gospel roots. Many in the Bay Area have witnessed the talent of this dynamic vocalist as she has performed with many local bands and legendary balladeer, Lenny Williams. Her voice can also be heard on several independent releases including Franky Boissy’s “The Lovely Day Project” (Om Records) and DJ MFR’s “All I Need”(Transport Recordings) and Vince Lars “Number Love” (Numagine Music). Currently, Indra is the featured lead vocalist for Bay Area band Darryl Anders~AgapeSoul and is also working on a solo project.
J-Red - Comedian
“J-Red”, is an actor and a comedian with a destiny, a purpose and a plan. Known for his witty comedic stylings and impressive acting skills, J-Red is well on his way to becoming one of the world’s leading entertainers. Having performed at major venues and churches throughout the nation, born and raised in Oakland, CA is aware of his God given gift and is driven by his calling. He is humbled and honored to have shared stages with the likes of many great singers, actors and entertainers including Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Rickey Smiley, A. J. Jamal and D. L. Hughley. J-Red truly believes that laughter is good for the soul.