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Pink Martini

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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With the combined power of a dozen musicians, the “little orchestra” brings its rollicking cross-genre mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop.

Following their 2016 SFJAZZ debut to kick off the tour for their latest release, Je dis oui!, the self-described “little orchestra” returns with their infectiously joyous, dance-friendly music The Washington Post called “rich, hugely approachable, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious... it seems to speak to just about everybody.”

Formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon, the group has built a monstrous fan base through performances in settings ranging from the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Opening of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall to late night television with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jools Holland and even a video greeting to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Fronted by the dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini has performed with over 50 of the world’s great orchestras and recorded seven albums on Lauderdale’s own Heinz imprint, collaborating with Japanese vocal star Saori Yuki’s album 1969 and the 2014 album Dream a Little Dream in partnership with The von Trapps.

Pink Martini Delivers a knowing sophistication backed by skillful arrangements… Ms. Forbes is an unpretentious, pitch-perfect chanteuse who can be breathy and girlish or sultry… she tempers heartbreak with savoir-faire.
— The New York Times
This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious, and it seems to speak to just about everybody
— The Washington Post
Pink Martini definitely is an original force in contemporary music even as it basks in eclectic nostalgia. It also bridges, better than any band in recent memory, the high-brow / pop culture divide.
— The Washington Times
Pink Martini’s live show conjures a fantasy of ageless glamour. This is formal play, baroque and zany, ritzy but also childlike
— Jazz Times
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