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Songs from Lady Bird

by Tangria Jazz Group

straight ahead jazz (and one percussion piece) with funky, Latin and bluesy flavors
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. In Walked Bud
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2. Blue Monk
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3. Tell Me a Bedtime Story
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4. City of Ba
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5. Inner Urge
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6. Teach Yourself to Live Elsewhere
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7. Day Waves
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8. Footprints
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9. Lady Bird
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10. Do You Want Some . . .?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Check out the 12/12/08 entry at http://blog.myspace.com/tangriajazzgroup for details on a special December 2008 sale!

Tangria Jazz Group is a straight ahead jazz trio with lots of fresh ideas to share.


Band Member Bios

Justin Hellman has a bachelor's degree in music from UC Berkeley. He has played alongside Bay Area greats at countless venues.

Sheryl Mebane plays with inventive Bay Area and North Carolina bands. Her jazz novel, Lady Bird, and her postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley in environmental chemistry education and action have helped to inspire her jazz compositions.

Simon Rochester, playing professionally since age 15, played most notable Bay Area clubs and on three albums over 10 years with the funk band !Tang. Simon routinely plays with top musicians and is a physics doctoral student at UC Berkeley.



Debut CD

The debut novel from Sheryl Mebane and the first CD from Tangria Jazz Group are intimately linked. Tangria has put its unique stamp on many of the jazz pieces from the book, and, with an original by Sheryl Mebane added in from the world of percussion, Songs from Lady Bird stands alone as a journey in its own right or as an audio accompaniment to the book.



An Introduction to Lady Bird

“A harmonica moaned, reaching deep inside. Down-home bass throbbed from the radio to her chest. Honey locked into the steady pulse, released into its space, exhaled.”

With one breath, Lady Bird, a story of three women begins in word and sound. Honey, a songbird of rare quality, soars out of segregated Eastern North Carolina only to face deep betrayal and the high price of her talent. Her daughter Passion writhes under Honey’s shadow, taking dangerous turns to avoid the musical salvation that is her birthright. At a desperate time, a straight-laced stranger named Freida enters Passion’s world and becomes, in one afternoon in Brooklyn , the chance for peace that Honey defies death to seize. In the final section, “Naming thunder and wind,” Freida’s past threatens Honey’s supernatural intervention in a struggle for Freida’s identity and her newly freed heart.

Through the power of the women’s tales, the novel follows the fourth central character, the music. Each chapter is a song, building into three sets that form the lyric soul of the women’s lives, tracing the legacy of the music with the complexity and varied pace of jazz. http://www.pearlstreetpublishing.com/LadyBird.htm




The reviews sampled below are of the Mebane's Eleven CD, Tangria's second CD.

“From the hands of a set of Bay Area grad students (in chemistry and physics, no less) comes this set of forward looking jazz..." --Adam Greenberg, All Music

“…Mebane's Eleven is an interesting and thoroughly entertaining album. Sheryl Mebane and the other two members of Tangria Jazz Group make this album a nice addition to my jazz collection…” --Bruce Von Stiers, BVS Reviews

“…The band is a piano trio, with a lot of sparkle…" --Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

"The Tangria Jazz Group is ostensibly a jazz piano trio made up of brainiacs from all over the map…" --C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

"…All of them are brilliant players, and together they deliver an album that delivers a romantic vibe, or at least to create a place where two minds can unite and become one, in whatever way you want that to be. They do so by creating the soundtrack to that unity, and it sounds like they were having a hell of a time in the studio..." --Music for America

"Hailing from the Bay Area with female drummer Sheryl Mebane as its leader, the Tangria Jazz Group bases its sound in classic bebop jazz with a modern twist. The approach is laid-back with a light soul jazz groove, at times reaching towards acid-jazz in rhythmic flavor and attitude…The group is tight, and it is obvious that they have found the true spirit of jazz in their midst." --Mish Mash Music Reviews

"Acclaimed as one of the up and coming jazz bands of the Bay Area jazz scene, Tangria Jazz group’s latest recording is sure to be noticed by critics and jazz fans alike. Containing light straight-ahead jazz in the rich tradition of a Bill Evans, Ellington and other greats, the music flows quite well with sparks of energy..."
--Edward Blanco, Editor of eJazzNews

"…It's inspired playing that deserves to be heard."
--Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher of Midwest Record

"…Their music is fresh like the early AM bird calls to which you attend before you get distracted by the sounds of the arrival of workaday world."
--Peter Poses, Host of "OverNight Jazz: The Soundz Of Surprize", KRFC Ft. Collins, Colorado

"The trio sounds excellent. I like the playing here all around…." --TAXI A&R (taxi.com)



Tangria's Band Bio

The Tangria Jazz Group is acclaimed as one of the future jewels of the Bay Area jazz scene. This group’s unique blend of fire, intensity and sensitivity sets them apart, moving audiences to new heights and drawing them in to the closest confines of intimacy. Formed in the spring of 1997, the Tangria Jazz Group has developed a rich, captivating sound that brings new contributions to bear upon the genres of Latin and straight-ahead jazz.

Each player brings an individual style — and impressive talent — to the group, always keeping Tangria’s sound interesting and dynamic. Their influences range from Ellington to Jobim, from Miles Davis to Joe Henderson. Simon Rochester on Rhodes piano draws upon the intricate and lush contributions left by Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans; the intensity and explosiveness of Tony Williams and the delicateness of Billy Higgins are apparent in drummer Sheryl Mebane’s playing; and the melodic and soulful contributions of bass players Ray Brown and Rufus Reid are brought forth in Justin Hellman’s playing. Despite their influences, you’ll also hear freshness, personal expression, and a unique identity, especially in their original compositions.

The Tangria Jazz Group is soon to become a fixture in the Bay Area jazz scene. Their playing, their sound, their remarkable music is an important addition to our jazz community and is rapidly finding a place in the hearts of jazz aficionados throughout the area. We hope you enjoy the music and sounds of the Tangria Jazz Group and all that they have to offer.

We hope you enjoy the music and sounds of the Tangria Jazz Group.



Extensive Tangria bio

Justin Hellman has a bachelor's degree in music from UC Berkeley, where he studied with Steve Coleman and Henry Threadgill. He has also studied privately with Michael Manring, Kai Eckhardt, and Stephen Tramontozzi for several years. He has performed at countless venues in the Bay Area including the Sweetwater, the Boom Boom Room, and at the High Sierra Music Festival. Over the years, Hellman has performed with Bay Area greats like saxophonist Paul McCandless, bassoonist Paul Hansen, and guitarist Will Bernard.

Sheryl Mebane was born and grew up in North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she minored in Creative Writing and began writing music with the UNC percussion ensemble. She joined the Tangria Jazz Group around 2001. Sheryl also performs with Bekka’s Frogland Orchestra and jazz groups in California and North Carolina. She filed her doctoral dissertation in chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 2003. Her first novel, Lady Bird, was released in summer 2003.
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Born and raised in the Bay Area, keyboardist Simon Rochester has been on the local music scene since his stint as the lounge pianist at the Palo Alto Holiday Inn when he was 15. At U.C. Berkeley, while majoring in math and physics and minoring in music, Simon formed 9-piece funk/soul band !Tang with fellow members of the U.C. jazz and marching band programs. !Tang, for the next 10 years, played in most every notable Bay Area club and produced three albums. In addition to the Tangria Jazz Group, Simon currently plays in the Latrells with former Tang lead vocalist Uncle Ray. Simon is a physics doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley and dabbles in graphic and web design.



See http://karionpresskits.com/sherylmebane/sherylmebane.html for the latest reviews in our electronic press kit.

See our blog at http://blog.myspace.com/tangriajazzgroup for the latest news and updates about our latest releases.



tangria jazz group’s 2008 tour

Jan. 24: Burlingame, CA
Feb. 2: Columbia, SC; Sumter, SC; Pittsboro, NC
Feb. 3: Wilmington, NC
Feb. 4, N. Wilkesboro, NC
Feb. 5: Hickory, NC
Feb. 6: Monroe, NC, Polkton, NC
Feb. 7: Knoxville, TN
Feb. 8: Atlanta, GA; Columbia, SC
Feb. 9: Rocky Mount, NC; Bynum, NC
Feb. 11: Kenansville, NC
Feb. 12: Berkeley, CA
Feb. 16: Indianapolis, IN
Feb, 17: Cincinnati, OH
Feb. 19: Austin, TX
Feb. 20: Washington, DC
Feb. 21: Asheboro, NC
Mar. 16: Benicia, CA
Mar. 19: Saratoga, CA
Mar. 22: Friday Harbor, WA
Mar. 24: Talent, OR

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