Annie Jay
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Annie Jay

Sacramento, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Sacramento, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Jazz


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"Annie Jay At Grapes And Grooves, March 18th"

Grapes & Grooves, presented by Bop Central and Reflections In Rhythm, returns featuring remarkable vocalist Annie Jay Sunday March 18th at 5409 Bancroft Avenue (at Fairfax) in Oakland.
Recently crowned Sacramento’s “Queen of the Mic”, Annie Jay delights audiences with captivating performances of original compositions, Jazz standards, contemporary and classic R&B and much more. She cites Nina Simone, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Marvin Gaye among her influences for her immeasurable scope.
Join hosts Julian Carroll and Greg Bridges for the next edition of Grapes & Grooves Sunday March 18th, 5409 Bancroft Avenue in Oakland. The afternoon begins at 3pm with a wine tasting featuring a variety of enjoyable wines from Central and Northern California selected by Julian Carroll (, followed by the stirring performance of Sacramento’s 2011-2012 Queen of the Mic, Annie Jay beginning at 4 and soulful food dishes served during intermission. $15 admission.
For reservations and more information contact Greg Bridges 510.632.4504, or
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Grapes & Grooves
Sunday March 18, 2012
5409 Bancroft Ave. (at Fairfax)
Oakland, Ca.
$15 - Greg Bridges, Reflections In Rhythm

"Diamonds Ladies Night Out At The Guild Theater"

(Relevant review information provided below, please see link for full review)

...Annie Jay was the first featured performer. Her music displayed influences ranging from neo-soul, jazz, gospel and R&B, with a little funk thrown in. She brought composer and guitarist Russell Brown with her, along with percussionist Dominic E. Garcia, who displayed his talents throughout the set playing a wooden drum box known as the cajón.

She opened her set with strong sultry vocals, covering “The Way” by Jill Scott. The “Queen of the Mic” showed her musical sensitivity, covering “Afro Blue” by John Coltrane, “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin and “Brown Skin” by India Arie.

The remainder of Jay’s set consisted of her original music. She frequently acknowledged Brown for his contributions in composing. Her down-to-earth lyrics reach out and speak to all who have experienced life and love.

Those who were introduced to the “Annie Jay Live” experience for the first time were in for a surprise with her stunning vocal range and ability on the songs “Shine,” “Lotus,” and “Caramel.”

Annie Jay closed her 45 minute set with a funk based song entitled “Beast,” which had the audience moving and grooving while Annie Jay cut loose on stage showing her dance moves.

Annie Jay conveyed her love for performing in Sacramento after the show and wanted to be sure to let her growing legion of fans know she is hard at work in the studio on her upcoming debut album.

Dru Bruks introduced local singer Lenoris (P-Dub) Louis, whose vocal skills were frequently met with spontaneous applause and catcalls from the female-dominated audience.

Louis made a difficult task look easy while covering “Lady in My Life” by Michael Jackson. While singing Babyface’s hit song, “Whip Appeal,” Louis interacted with the ladies in the audience, bantering back and forth with them and having them laughing and applauding in response.

LSB did an admirable job with the live music during Louis’ set, and they really shined during his final number, “Do Me Baby” by Prince. Louis flawlessly hit all of the difficult falsetto notes.

After his set, Louis expressed his appreciation for the support and indicated that he will soon be featured in local venues around town with his own live band.

Intelligent, poignant, hard-hitting, heartfelt and often gut-wrenching: Those are the terms that describe the poetry of Ner City, who closed out the first half of the event.

As the recipient of numerous spoken word awards and multiple poetry slam competition victories, Ner City smoothly and flawlessly flowed between poems. He introduced himself to the audience by reciting the poem “My Bio,” explaining his qualifications as a wordsmith and detailing his experiences growing up nurtured by the dichotomy of formal education and education learned only through experience in the streets of Oakland.

In the poem “For Tre,” Ner City describes the challenges and pride he feels by living up to the role of father to his stepson. He was eloquently profound when stating the “job of being a father” is the one that is always available but far too few are willing to accept. The theme of fatherhood extended to his own father, whose virtues he extolled in the poem “My Father.”

To close out his set, Ner City recited his piece called “Letter to the Ex,” wherein he exposed his vulnerability to love and the manipulations and machinations that occur between the sexes.

“I thought the spoken word tonight was excellent,” attendee Candice Johnson said. “Ner City was truthful and touching in his poems and his remarks.”

During the brief intermission, Moore and Burks took charge of handing out gratuities from event sponsors including ladies clothing from Konceited Boutique.

Vocalist Carla Fleming and Garrett Perkins took the stage together after intermission. Fleming performance featured some beautiful vocals and inspirational lyrics from her soon to be released track and video entitled “Rise Again.” On this first track of their set, Perkins, put on exhibition the musical talent on the saxophone he developed while attending the Berklee School of Music.

Followed by another original tune called “Ooh Wee,” Fleming showed her sensual side with the help of Perkins who displayed the skills he has honed through his years of experience touring around the world playing music.

Fleming and Perkins then covered the Ashford and Simpson composition, “You’re All I Need to Get By,” made famous by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. They combined Fleming’s strong and versatile vocals with the influences of neo-soul and jazz to arrange the well-known R&B song in their own unique way.

Dru Burks then brought local R&B singer Kaleo to the stage for a brief appearance to sing Maxwell’s hit song “Ascension.” Backed up by LSB, Kaleo put his heart into the well-loved track, much to the appreciation of the audience that seemed visibly disappointed that he only performed one song.

It was evident that the evening belonged to Danny Boy once he took the stage and took command of the audience.

From the moment of his introduction by Burks, it was clear that Danny Boy is a man whose love of music is the passion of his life.

After thanking T-Mo Entertainment for putting on the show and inviting him to perform, he began singing Bobby Caldwell’s, “What You Won’t Do Love.” Backed by LSB, Danny Boy exhibited the vocal skills that made him famous while demonstrating that his days as a youth at Death Row Records are securely in his past.

While talking to the audience after the opening song, Danny Boy thanked God first and explained how it was his belief that music “touches us, helps us and heals us.”

He then took the crowd on a musical voyage by singing “Rocket Love” by Stevie Wonder.

Danny Boy’s professionalism and status as a veteran singer was apparent to all in attendance when he ventured into some of the original material from his upcoming album “Love Offering,” a two-CD release that will include one disc devoted to R&B (“Love”) and the second devoted to gospel music (“Offering”).

In between his original songs entitled “A Song for Love,” Thunderstorm,” “Some for Love,” and “I Can’t Wait,” Danny Boy showed his versatility switching between love songs, gospel music to the crowd mostly had never known this aspect of his musical journey.

The depths of Danny Boy’s personal struggles in the music business also became evident as he candidly discussed his free-wheeling days and the fact that he left Death Row in debt and was forced to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

In true artistic fashion, he turned his misfortunes into music and displayed how from his faith came the songs “Nothing” and “Emotional Bankrupt.”

As his set was winding down, Danny Boy had everybody in the audience on their feet dancing with his rendition of “My Girl.” Much to the crowd’s delight, he came down from the stage and brought a grandmotherly member of the audience from the front row onstage to boogie with him.

He ended his set by covering the gospel songs “Grateful” by Marvin Sapp and “God Is Good” by Regina Belle. He completed the evening with a heartfelt blessing to the audience that included a prayer for healing and help for everyone to become better in their roles in life as husbands, wives and members of the community.

While Burks attempted to close out the show, a request for Danny Boy to return to sing a few hooks from some of his Tupac Shakur songs quickly turned into a spontaneous rendition of Luther Vandross’ “Superstar,” as LSB picked up the cue and joined in after the first few lines.

After a final prayer offered by Moore, who thanked all in attendance and who performed, the easygoing Danny Boy came out from his dressing room and signed autographs and CDs and posed for photos.

“It was an awesome show,” exclaimed local poet and educator Claudia Epperson who attended the event and was waiting in line to meet Danny Boy.

“The show was wonderful,” Ingrid Pinkett said. “I appreciate the fact that Danny Boy reminded us that we always have to remember where everything we have comes from and to give thanks and praise.”

The Ladies Night Out series will resume on March 31. Contact Moore well in advance at (916) 208-POET or to purchase tickets. The event is guaranteed to be another inspirational and fun evening of entertainment.

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Album Title: Annie Jay
Description: Compilation of Jazz Standards
Recording Studio: M & I Recording Studio
630 9th Ave #1400 New York, New York 10036
Vocals: Annie Jay
Piano: Mike LeDonne
Marimba: Steve Nelson
Saxophone: Tim Green
Drums: Rodney Green
Bass: Dezron Douglas



Annie Jay was discovered by Jazz Legend Mulgrew Miller in 2012, and lends her rich and smoky contralto to her self-titled debut album, recorded in New York, in collaboration with New York jazz veterans Steve Nelson (marimba), Mike LeDonne (piano), Tim Green (saxophone), Rodney Green (drums), and Dezron Douglas (bass). Jay's vocals lend a playful sensuality to her traditional jazz selections, contrasted with the intense musicianship on her album. Annie Jay has performed throughout Northern Ca, and her music is currently being played on radio stations KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley Ca, KKUP 91.5 FM San Jose Ca, and WJAB 90.9 FM at Alabama A&M; University. Annie Jay is a force to be witnessed, a performer you do not want to miss!
Jays musical education began when she was
growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. A soloist in school music programs
from the age of nine and throughout high school, she was also a member of the
Oakland Youth Chorus (under the direction of Trent Morant and Tina Harrington).
While at OYC, she performed spirituals, gospel and jazz selections in addition
to folk and classical music in several languages.

Jay received her B.A. in English
from the University of Southern California in 2005, where she continued to
develop her voice as a member of the Joel Ewing Choir (under the direction of Joel
Ewing P.H.D.
) and the USC Oriana Womens Choir (under the direction of Erin Colwitz).  

Jay currently resides in Northern California.



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