CHELLE! and Friends
Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you’ll get 30 answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, or gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians.
New Orleans native, and Oakland's own "Queen of New Orleans Music", MICHELLE JACQUES along some "very special friends" take all of these influences and a few more, and stir it into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating.
"We hope you had a great Valentines Day. Last weekend was definitely memorable according to Toliver, Rupak and Tenere. Both nights were packed …and CHELLE and Friends called out all the spirits last Saturday night. One member was so overcome, she bought 16 memberships for all her friends that night. Birdland has that effect sometimes on membirds. But 16 memberships???, That's off the Birdland radar. And another that night offered Birdland another baby grand piano. That's cray cray."
Michael Parayno, Birdland
® 2011 chelle music : photos & graphics by Carolina Abolio, Hugh Lovell : oakland ca usa : Michelle Jacques : last updated 5/10/2013
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