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Jazz Greats To Pay Homage To Legendary Vocalist Dakota Staton For One Night Only


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Legendary Jazz greats saxophonist Houston Person, vocalist Lisa Yvonne Ferraro, and pianist Tammy Hall will pay homage to the legendary Jazz Vocalist Dakota Staton one- night-only at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, California, on October 18, 2012, in “The Late, Late Show: An Homage to Dakota Staton.”

“The Late, Late Show: An Homage to Dakota Staton” will feature many of Staton’s hits and other great Jazz numbers from the pinnacle of the late 50’s era of great female Jazz vocalists interpreted by these three revered Jazz musicians. Not only will this be Houston Person’s last Bay Area appearance in 2012, this performance will feature other great, neglected and obscure Dakota Staton compositions that Houston Person recorded and produced during his 40+ year creative relationship with the late, great vocalist. Houston Person’s last Bay Area educational Jazz camp and live performance appearances at Stanford University were sell-out affairs.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Dakota Staton rose to Jazz prominence in the late 1950’s after being discovered in the Harlem nightclub The Baby Grand by Capitol Records producer David Cavanaugh. Her fine swinging vocals on her debut LP, “The Late, Late Show,” and single by the same name, as well as the second single, “Broadway,” gained her the “Most Promising New Comer Award” by Down Beat Magazine. Throughout the late 1950’s Staton would release three more albums, “In The Night,” “Dynamic” and “More Than the Most,” featuring the singles, “Anything Goes,” and “Too Close for Comfort.” Her deeply felt, moving musical story-telling singing style lead her to be compared to the other mainstream great female Jazz vocalists of the era, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington. “A Packet of Love Letters,” in 1999 was Staton’s last recording with saxophonist/producer Houston Person. Staton passed away in April 2007.

“The Late, Late Show: An Homage to Dakota Staton” is the brainchild of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Jazz vocalist Lisa Ferraro who met both Houston Person and Tammy Hall after relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. Ferraro, who started singing in churches publicly at 5-years old, and whose professional singing career formally began at 8-years old, was weaned on a healthy dose of Staton growing up. Ferraro, who considers Dakota Staton one of her favorite, as well as a significant musical influence, has performed with the late, great Marvin Hamlisch, The Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, legendary Jazz drummer Roger Humphries (Horace Silver and Ray Charles), and the Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, arranger, and composer Mike Tomaro. Ferraro has released nine studio albums, six as a solo Jazz artist and three with Award-winning singer/songwriter, and breathtaking prodigal acoustic guitarist Erika Luckett, with whom she frequently tours as the duo Lisa and Erika.

According to Ferraro, “The opportunity of meeting Houston Person, who has such a rich legacy with one of my greatest influences Dakota Staton, and Tammy Hall, who has also a long, illustrious and creative live performance history with Houston was unmistakable kismet. It is truly an honor and privilege to bring such a performance to fruition with such talented musicians honoring such singular iconic talent with whom we all have such unique and distinctive connections.”

The Late, Late Show: An Homage to Dakota Staton
Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. PST
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 940704
$22.50 advance / $24.50 at door

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