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6th Annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
October 20, 2013
vocalist Melissa Morgan
with the Larry Vuckovich Trio
vocalist Yolanda Quandt
pianist/composer Winston Raval
with The Vanishing Tribe
Sunday, Oct 20 - Show at 6pm, Doors at 5:30pm
- $35 adv, $40 door
Celebrate Filipino American History Month with the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival as we present the 6th Annual Festival on Sunday October 20, 2013. Jazz vocalists, Melissa Morgan and Yolanda Quandt bring their brand of Jazz and Blues; pianist/composer, jazz/fusion maestro Winston Raval and his Ensemble will thrill you with fabulous compositions written especially for this show; drummer/festival presenter, educator, jazz historian, Richie Quirino will perform with the Winston Raval Ensemble.
About the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival:
The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, is sponsored by Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), and by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) East Bay Chapter. It promotes, preserves, and celebrates contributions to Jazz, Blues, R&B, and World Music by Filipino American and all artists. SFFAJF's website
Melissa Morgan Born in New York City to a Filipina mother and an Irish father, by the time she was in high school Melissa Morgan was already winning awards for her skills both as a pianist and a vocalist. She received a BA in jazz vocal performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York and has performed at many of New York's top jazz rooms. A gifted, classically trained jazz and blues singer, Melissa Morgan at 28 combines the poise and maturity of a seasoned veteran with the infectious verve of a fresh new talent. Morgan’s debut CD on Telarc Records, Until I Met You, has received glowing reviews and comments including "It is one of the most assured and enjoyable debut albums by any jazz singer in recent memory" (San Diego Union Tribune) and “She is the one we have been waiting for” (Dr. Herb Wong). Since then, Melissa has quickly risen to heights unexpected for one so young. She relocated to Los Angeles, California to begin a recording career and to extend her jazz audience throughout the West Coast. Melissa Morgan's website
Yolanda Quandt Her career began as a child star in the Philippines, where she was known as "Baby Yolanda" Llanto. In her later years, Yolanda developed into a wonderful jazz singer and entertainer, often featured with local jazz musicians during the heyday of Manila's club scene in the 60s and 70s. This segment of her musical career is chronicled in Richie Quirino’s book Mabuhay Jazz: Jazz in Postwar Philippines. Ms. Quandt married and moved to the United States where she raised a family. She eventually returned to the stage and began performing in nightclubs again. In 2004 Ms. Quandt recorded a delightful CD in London dedicated to Duke Ellington and his music, Passion for Duke. This wonderful collection of Ellington classics truly showcases the depth and vocal chops of this vibrant singer. Occasionally performing in the Las Vegas area where she now lives, “Baby Yolanda” still knows how to entertain the crowd with standards from the Great American Songbook and more!
Winston Raval Pianist-composer Winston Raval is a seminal influence in the development of jazz fusion in Manila. During the 70's, he was among the first to combine indigenous instruments and music of pre-colonial Philippines with jazz, discussed in Richie Quirino’s book Mabuhay Jazz: Jazz in Postwar Philippines. Raval’s groundbreaking work with the Manila-based bands “The Sixhalves” and “Afterbirth” is part of this jazz history in the Philippines. Raval has composed music scores for 23 films by award-winning Philippine Director Ishmael Bernal, and was pianist and musical director for major artists in Manila. Relocating to Hawaii, he led the Winston Raval Trio and worked as a solo pianist. He currently lives and performs in Southern California. In October 2011, Winston Raval performed at the 4th Annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival where he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Raval was also featured at the 7th Annual San Francisco Asian Heritage Street Celebration in May 2011 with the Jonathan Bautista Group.
Richie Quirino Filipino jazz historian, composer and musician, Richie C. Quirino studied at the University of the Philippines and at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He was the first Filipino to document and publish a detailed history of Jazz in the Philippines. He has published a three-volume series on this subject. The first, entitled Pinoy Jazz Traditions, won the 2004 National Book Award for Music and served as the basis for producing the 60-minute video documentary Pinoy Jazz: The Story of Jazz in the Philippines. The second, Mabuhay Jazz: Jazz in Postwar Philippines, was published by Anvil in 2008. The most current book in the Pinoy Jazz trilogy is Contemporary Jazz in the Philippines launched in 2011. Quirino was a founding member and later president of the Jazz Society of the Philippines. He helped to organize the Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival, which is still in existence today and is held during the entire month of February in Manila and other cities in the
Philippines. He has performed as a drummer and percussionist with numerous bands for over 30 years. In the last 5 years he has travelled to 18 cities and 11 countries propagating Pinoy Jazz.