*LOS ANGELES, CA (July 14, 2017) – ChamberSoul cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker returns to The World Stage in historic Leimert Park Village on Friday, July 21, 2017 with her newest project, “Women’s Work: A SisterCentric Musical Collective”. The ensemble will also feature Steph Johnson (guitar/vocals), Shirazette Tinnin (drums), Melonie Grinnell (piano), and Rob Thorsen (bass).
Women’s Work empowers audiences and communities through lyrical storytelling. “We seek to share stories about life, love and the human condition…in an empowering way, from a woman’s perspective, but also specifically as female artists thriving in this male-dominated music industry,” says Tucker of the anticipated program. “Each musician contributes a unique voice to the program of original compositions and arrangements with influences spanning jazz, soul, R&B, and acoustic pop genres.”
Tucker first appeared at The World Stage in October 2016 with jazz saxophonist/composer, Bennie Maupin and his ensemble. Her debut CD, “SHiNE” was released in 2015 (Jazz Urbane Records).Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as a jazz talent “…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible…” Shana’s style and sound has been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity reminiscent of Bill Withers.
Steph Johnson, Rob Thorsen, and Melonie Grinnell are San Diego-based artists who are active in the city’s jazz community. Johnson’s most recent recording, “Music is Art” was produced by two-time Grammy award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta. She co-founded Voices Of Our City”, a choir for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego. Thorsen has released six recordings as a bandleader, the most recent is titled, “Bass is the Space – Solos and Duos”. Grinnell, a music educator at the collegiate level for 15 years, is an Assistant Professor at Grossmont College where she serves as director of piano studies, CADENCE vocal jazz ensemble director, and teaches theory. Shirazette Tinnin is a drummer, educator, clinician, author and health coach. Currently based out of New York City, Tinnin has performed with Alicia Keys on BET in Black Girl’s Rock, saxophonist Tia Fuller, WuTang Klan, Diva (Four Play), Tom Browne, Hugh Masekala, Mimi Jones, Pauline Jean, Afrikkanitha, Camille Thurman and many others.
The World Stage is located at 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, in the heart of Leimert Park Village. Doors open at 8:30 pm with a $20 cover at the door. The show begins at 9:00 pm.
About Shana Tucker
With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul. Shana’s melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. After having balanced performances in theatres, clubs and festivals with her role as featured cellist/vocalist in Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ in Las Vegas for the past 5 years, Shana’s returns to her a full-time touring, recording and teaching schedule, with new collaborations in the offing and the completion of her sophomore recording project, set for release before the end of the coming year.