Berkeley Jazz vocalist Audrey Martin will be joined by Larry Dunlap (piano), Ruth Davies (bass) and David Rokeach (drums) for this performance.
Martin knows all about the power of a song to provide hope and spiritual sustenance in dark times. A rapidly emerging talent, she reveals a lifetime of hard-won wisdom. Martin has cultivated a highly personal repertoire encompassing American Songbook gems and singer/songwriter treasures from Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Blossom Dearie, and Abbey Lincoln.
Like some of era’s most incisive jazz singers, Martin dedicated herself to mastering the art form at midlife. Possessing impeccable taste and blessed with a gloriously warm and clear voice, she makes every note count. More than setting a mood, Martin renders strikingly vivid scenes. It’s not much of a stretch to hear her training and experience as a psychotherapist deeply informing her sensibility as a singer.
“I’m attracted to the chance to communicate the emotion of a lyric sensitively and in a deeply felt way, to find my way in the world of a song so that I am speaking to the listener,” Martin says. “As a therapist I hold the deeply felt and personal life stories of my patients, and as a vocalist I get to tell my own story and the stories of others through song.”
“What attracted me to jazz from the beginning was the room it provides for improvisation and personal expression,” she says. “There’s freedom to experiment and make the songs my own, and I can work with these amazing musicians who are in communication with one another on the stage, developing new language while at the same time adhering to the tune.”
"A welcome dose of therapy for the mind and heart." — AllAboutJazz.com
"Dive in and dig the cool." — AcousticMusic.com
"Jazz vocal fans will rate this set as essential." — Midwest Record
Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!