Rod Harris Quartet

Published: August 22nd, 2010 | Category: Jazz Clubs, Music, Music booking, Relationships, Singing

Stage 3, a intimate audience, killer musicians and incredible vocalist! All those together make for a fantastic evening of jazz music. I was fortunate enough to be a guest artist last night with the Rod Harris Quartet at Stage 3 in Sonora.  The other two woman who graced the stage with me were the wonderful Kerri Tweedy, whose beautifulvoice is as clear as crystal and Jana Marie with a deep, sexy blues voice. She swang Cole Porters Night and Day which the audience just loved, and of course the band was fabulous paired with Jana’s voice.  Kerri’s rendition of Gentle Rain took everyone down a wonderful gentle path with a sweet, slow Latin feel as only she could  do.

Me? I loved singing with the quartet, between Rod on sax and LeRoy Bumgarner on piano, coupled with lots of banter back and forth bringing much humor to the evening.  Rod got the audience to shout out parts, depending on where you were sitting, you either yelled out “Hey”, or “Man” or a type of fruit. LeRoy yelled out his own fruit at one point –   Richard Simmons!

Clint Day on bass played a fantatic bass/vocal solo of Goodbye Porkpie Hat…brilliant. And of course all his other solos where right on and wonderful, a local ledgend who is loved by everyone.

And to round it all out the amazing Dave Hawks on drums, quiet and pulled back when he needed to be but totally beating out the rhythm and just killing on drums.

I hope to come back and perform with Rod Harris and his group..who wouldn’t?

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