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Alicia Olatuja

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

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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
Alicia Olatuja
Later Event: September 16
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau