Join us for a night with Valerie Troutt & Khalil Doak-Anthony as they explore gentrification, redlining, the artist life and love. With their debut mixed tape "Odd times". Featuring JazzFolksoul originals. Khalil and Valerie put a groove to sorrow and call it "Odd Times."
Bay-area born and bred, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional vocalist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice-driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people.
In the East Bay, Troutt has established herself as more than an artist, but as a leader in the area’s famed creative community. Partnering on Bay area projects with East Bay Performance Art Center, the Museum of African Diaspora, Higher Ground Neighborhood Corp., and the Embodiment Project (where Troutt is Music Director). The latter project served as the genesis for MoonCandy live house music ensemble, a band Valerie Troutt composes for while still gigging with another band, trumpeter Marcus Cohen’s fronted group, The Congress. Collectively, these varied and disparate influences inform her recordings as much as Bjork, Dianne Reeves, Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell and Cassandra Wilson.
Troutt’s latest project, The Sound of Peace, borrows from the past and gives to the future. Half jazz standards innovatively re-imagined for contemporary audiences and half truth‐telling originals penned by the lady herself, the Troutt-produced project is an overture to her fans for not only social change, but also their own self‐acceptance.
DOORS AT 8PM, SHOW AT 8:30PM
$10-15 sliding scale
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