San Jose Summer Jazz Fest 2017

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


BLACK HISTORY EXCLUSIVE:
DIONNE FARRIS AND THE RUSSELL GUNN QUARTET BRING JAZZ, FUNK, CONSCIOUS HIP HOP TO YOSHI’S SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
Who: Dionne Farris & the Russell Gunn Quartet
When: 8 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 27th,
Where: Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA
Info: http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco
Dionne Farris has performed and recorded the likes of hip-hop, pop, soul, gospel, and modern R&B and now adds jazz to her repertoire. Born in the land of the funk, (Plainfield, New Jersey), she grew up listening to everything from P-Funk to the song styling’s of the great jazz singers, (the latter influenced by her maternal grandparents), and with all that stirring inside, it was bound to show up at some point in her musical DNA.

A certified member of the hip-hop generation by age and geography (the hardcore ghetto of East St. Louis), Russell Gunn’s early aspirations in the world of rap music took precedence over the trumpet that he began playing in fourth grade. When he reached sixteen, the deadline he set for his hip-hop career to take off, his dedication to the art of jazz took shape.

When GRAMMY®-winning vocalist Dionne Farris and GRAMMY®-nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn, took the stage at the Atlanta jazz club Churchill Grounds on Oct. 12th & 13th, 2012’, the assemblage of music lovers that gathered to see them didn’t exactly know what they were in store for. The redefining of Farris’s music by Gunn on her new project, “Dionne Get Your Gunn: Featuring the Russell Gunn Quartet” is a complete departure from her last release, (2011) Lady Dy The Mixtape Part 1. Russell’s arrangement of Dionne’s #1 pop hit “I Know,” on DGYG is done in 5/4 time signature, which never misses a beat and neither does Farris, in her sticking of new landings for the song.

Dionne and Russell have embarked on a musical journey that will lift them higher along with inspiring those that support them.
Four interesting facts about Dionne Farris:
Her new CD, “Dionne Get Your Gunn: Featuring the Russell Gunn Quartet” will be available exclusively at the Yoshi’s San Francisco show.
She was a member of the conscious hip-hop group, Arrested Development, in the nineties.
She said that she cannot leave the building without preforming her signature tune, “Hopeless.” Farris and Gunn will put their own spin on the song at Yoshi’s San Francisco.
Iconic rapper Tupac Shakur said that Dionne Farris’ music comforted him during his incarceration.
 Visit Dionne Farris:
Like her on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Dionne-Farris/17902143117?fref=ts
Visit Russell Gunn:
Like him on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Russell-Gunn/107820329240504?nr

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