Sherri Roberts and Bliss Rodriguez
The new CD "Lovely Days", a duo session on Pacific
Coast Jazz, is
an intimate, emotionally incisive celebration of the American
Songbook's infrequently turned
back pages, showcasing the brilliant but little documented Bay Area
pianist Bliss Rodriguez.
Called a "superior bop and standards vocalist" by the Los Angeles
Times, Sherri Roberts
blurs the line between cabaret and jazz singing. She performs the tunes
of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley in modern jazz settings, while her great
affinity for Brazilian music and the compositions of contemporary jazz
artists keeps her song choices personal and exciting. She takes her
innate feeling for melody and rhythm and mates it with an attraction
for less-known and wrongly-neglected songs.
Sherri has three previous critically acclaimed cds under her belt. "The
Sky Could Send You", produced and arranged by bassist Harvie S with
special guests Phil Woods and Lew Soloff, "Twilight World" (1996) and
Sherri has recorded or performed with Harvie S, Mark Soskin, Danny
Gottlieb, Chris Potter, Eric Friedlander, Joe La Barbera, and many top
Bay Area musicians.
Pianist Bliss Rodriguez began his professional
career playing with guitarist and singer Jose Feliciano while still in
high school. He went on to study with jazz pedagogue John Mehegan and
pianist Lenny Tristano, as well as completing music degrees at Mannes
College of Music and Harpur College.
In the 60's and 70's he worked regularly in New York City, both as solo
pianist, and as accompanist to many singers, such as Roseanne Vitro.
Since moving to San Francisco in 1986 he has continued to work with
singers like Laurie Antonioli, and Robin Gregory, as
well as instrumentalists such as trumpeter Graham Bruce, and to perform
solo piano. In 2001, he toured Japan for 3 months with singer Tressa
He appeared twice previously at Chez Hanny with bassist Ron Crotty, and
All of which only hints at the superb touch, extraordinary harmonic
imagination, and architectural brilliance of his playing. Bliss is the
Bay Area's best kept secret. Don't miss this opportunity.