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LIV WARFIELD plus Jarrod Lawson
August 08, 2012
Self-trained singer/songwriter of Prince's NPG organically blends classic soul, electric rock, sultry rhythm and straight-up sexy blues
Wed, Aug 8
- 8pm $14 adv, $20 door
Ascending from a family history of extraordinary talent arises a self-trained singer, songwriter, performer, arranger and co-producer, Liv Warfield. Out of an era dominated by the R&B synthesizer, over sampled hip-hop production and a distinctly bohemian neo-soul movement, emerges a fundamentally pure artist that defies the modern trends of her genre and embodies a global art form through her cross-categorical appeal. A singer who organically blends classic soul, electric rock, sultry rhythm and straight-up sexy blues like Tina Turner-and it's only the beginning.
Jarrod Lawson, singer/songwriter/keyboardist, was born to music. Jarrod’s first memories were made while exploring his father’s recording studio in Redwood City, California, their residence at the time. No doubt, Jarrod's early gravitation to the drum-kit cultured his unquestionable deep-rooted rhythmic foundation. At the age of 13, when Jarrod's insatiable intrigue for harmony bloomed, the piano became the logical progression. Although, initially a student of his father, Steven, Jarrod quickly and naturally chose a path of self instruction, following his astute and adept ears, and thus, veritably, his teachers became the musical masters his ears led him to: Frederíc Chopin, Maurice Ravel, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and so on. Out of high-school, Jarrod enrolled in the Clackamas Community College music program, singing in the Chamber Choir as well as singing and playing piano for the vocal jazz ensemble. Jarrod's spare time was spent fervently composing and crafting all manner of melodies, harmonic progressions, and lyrical passages. He had been greatly blessed to come into the grace and presence of legendary local singer and keyboardist, Bobby James, a name that, among certain (well-seasoned) circles, demands an almost reverential admiration. James, perhaps Jarrod's most important musical mentor of all, clearly left his indelible mark, evident in Jarrod's trifold, multi-tasking live performance approach, covering both the right hand comp/solo and left hand bass keyboard roles, simultaneously spreading soulful lead vocals over the top of it all. Now, well on his way to making a name for himself in the Pacific Northwest, Jarrod has shared the stage with such international acts as Average White Band, Maceo Parker, Angelique Kidjo, Bilal, Ronnie Laws, Loose Ends, Liv Warfield, and Robert Glasper.