Saturday, July 30, 2005

July is ending with a bang, it's summer and festival season and there is with a plethora of musical choices to explore in the Bay. Friday Chaka Khan was performing with the San Francisco Symphony and part of their POPS program. It was great seeing and hearing Chaka Khan, I've always wanted to hear her sing Jazz and other genre pieces other than her R & B hits. She did sing some songs off her latest album Classikhan that has everything from Jazz Standards to County. I didn't know about the existence of this album until Friday night! It drives me crazy how difficult it is the hear music on the radio that isn't marketed for teenagers or shoppers in a supermarket and they want to know why music sales have been slipping. Anyway I don't' want to go into a rant.

The concert was enjoyable, it's always a treat to visit Davis Symphony Hall and seeing artist perform in a qualify (acoustic-wise venue). My main complaint was the Symphony's lack of performance with Chaka Khan. It was strange and disappointing seeing her sing song after song with only her band accompanying her and the Symphony sitting silently in the shadows. Since Chaka sings Jazz and standards I don't know why they didn't have the arrangements together.

One good note, unlike at SF Jazz I didn't get jammed up for taking a few pictures, ah what a different a volunteer usher makes.


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