KSFR-SFAI Jazz Series
John Trentacosta & Straight Up w/ guest
Saturday, January 23rd
$15 tickets at the door (to pay the musicians)
Co-sponsored by SFAI and KSFR 101.1FM
With a deep soulfulness rooted in the Gospel-driven churches of her youth, a classically trained vocal instrument that’s a natural wonder, and a God-given instinct for swinging a lyric, vocalist Hillary Smith has been electrifying audiences across the United States for more than a quarter century.
Hill first made her mark in the early 80s with gutsy performances of rockin’ blues and funk. She’s been in demand on the Southwest music scene ever since, fronting a number of popular bands, including the award-winning Strictly Taboo.
In recent years, at the urging of musician friends, Hill has opened a satisfying new chapter in her career, bringing her ineffable phrasing and soulfulness to the jazz songbook. Hill recently completed a big band recording that includes “funky drummer” Clyde Stubblefield and the legendary Bobby Shew on trumpet. Hill is also featured on pianist, vocalist, composer Kevin Hays’ 2007 recording, The Dreamer and she appeared with Kevin at the 2007 Gathering of the Vibes, along with Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Peter Bernstein, Doug Weiss and Bill Stewart.
Whatever the genre or venue, Hillary Smith always delivers soulful performances that fill listeners’ hearts with her warmth, love, and sheer musical excitement. Hill was recently named “Best of City” by Albuquerque Magazine for Best Musician.