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Alicia Olatuja

  • SFJazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)


Hailed by Dianne Reeves as one of the most exciting young jazz singers on the scene, Alicia Olatjua possesses a sumptuously rich mezzo-soprano and preternatural poise.

Reeves first gained national attention as a featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at Barack Obama’s 2013 presidential inauguration ceremony. In the past two years she’s created a powerful buzz in jazz circles through her work with GRAMMY Award-winning pianist/arranger Billy Childs, who’s featured her alongside vocalist Becca Stevens on the extended tour of Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

She’s also entranced legendary Hammond B-3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, performing with him at high profile events like the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest. Increasingly visible as a bandleader in her own right, Olatuja makes her Bay Area debut under own name with a stellar quintet featuring Los Angeles pianist Josh Nelson, an ace accompanist who’s performed and recorded with singers such as Natalie Cole, Sheila Jordan, Sara Gazarek, and Kurt Elling.

Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail.
— Downbeat
Earlier Event: September 16
Brooklyn Raga Massive
Later Event: September 16
Alicia Olatuja