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AfroSolo Arts Festival 16
Outdoor Jazz Concert in Yerba Buena Gardens
When:
Saturday, August 1, 1-4 pm
Where:
Yerba Buena Gardens (Mission Street between 3rd & 4th, SF)  map
Admission:
Free and open to the public; wheel chair accessible
"No pets" (certified service or companion animals excepted)

Featuring:
Nicolas Bearde, Frank Jackson, Raja Rahim

In collaboration with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and the Jazz Heritage Center, AfroSolo presents its eighth free concert in the gardens. This year's offering features vocalist Nicolas Bearde, legendary pianist Frank Jackson, and Bay Area singer Raja Rahim.

Nicolas Bearde
Nicolas Bearde

A supremely gifted soul, jazz, and R&B singer, Nicolas Bearde has been compared to vocal icons such as Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Jon Lucien. He was member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, the innovative a cappella group of which Bearde was a founding member, and SoVoSo, the artistic offshoot of Voicestra. Additionally, Bearde has worked with an array of artists, including Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Janis Siegel, and John Handy, and has recorded three albums for Right Groove Records, Crossing the Line (1998), All About Love (2005), and Live at Yoshi's - A Salute to Lou (2008).

Nicolas Bearde
Interview

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Frank Jackson
photo: Mars Breslow
Frank Jackson

For more than 50 years Frank Jackson has been serving up his smooth, elegant piano style. Jackson was the house pianist at San Francisco's renowned Bop City Jazz Club, playing and associating with such greats as Charlie "Bird" Parker, Billie Holiday, Frank Foster, Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Harold Land, Joe Comfort, Erroll Garner, Art "God" Tatum, Nat "King" Cole, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong, among others. His one-of-a-kind interpretations and vocal renderings have earned Jackson the respect and admiration of musicians and music lovers alike. Jackson will be presented with AfroSolo's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at this event. He will be accompanied by Al Obidinski on bass, Akira Tana on drums and Noel Jewkes playing multi-reeds.
Frank Jackson
Interview

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Raja Rahim
Raja Rahim

Raja Rahim is an emerging Bay Area artist with influences ranging from Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McCrea, and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. Under the tutelage of Dr. Helen Dilworth and Judy Hubbell of City College of San Francisco, and the mentorship of Jim Larkin, Rahim has developed a unique, sultry, and intimate style of her own. She has performed with such artists as David Hardiman Jr., Mr. Bill Bell (The Jazz Professor), The San Francisco All Stars, Maestro Curtis, and Jaye Richardson. For this event, Rahim will be accompanied by the Herbert Mims Jr. Band.
Raja Rahim Interview
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