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Friends of the incomparable bassist, Jeff Chambers, celebrate his bold and creative spirit!

When Jeff passed away on May 18, 2021, the Bay Area and beyond lost one of its premier jazz musicians! Join the crème de la crème of the jazz community in commemoration of Jeff’s musical legacy, and help fund the Jeff Chambers Memorial Scholarship.

Among the many performers who will be joining in the tribute are: Calvin Keys, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Deszon Claiborne, Frank Martin, Clairdee, Lloyd Gregory, Joe Warner, Rhonda Benin and Molly Holm.

JLAW returns to The Freight Stage after a 2 year lockdown. We are ready to go. Our artists this year are jazz guitarist Mimi Fox; Blues legend Mz. Dee; Marin County jazz vocalist Deborah Winters; Oakland native jazz, blues and world music vocalist Michelle Jacques; Evie Laden brings Americana, with her banjo and dance, and Nate Soulsinger comes with the soul singer fire! The Lillian Armstrong Tribute band lead by Tammy Hall, with Ruth Davies, Ruth Price and Kristen Strom.

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Rhonda Benin and The Voice, The Hands, The Feet

Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Rhonda Benin, vocalist extraordinaire, is joined by her band members Lorenzo Hawkins (piano), Ruth Davies (acoustic bass), and Javier Navarette (percussion). Starting with the first instrument, the voice, and a simple melody, they add multi-layered rhythms with feet, handclaps and hand percussion. Then to round out our rhythm section, they add the piano and bass. In the oral tradition of call and response, the audience becomes part of the music.


"Just Like A Woman 2020"

The Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA


The Dynamic Duo of Tammy Hall and Rhonda Benin

The Royal Cuckoo, 3202 Mission Street, San Francisco, California

The Organ Lounge with retro Soul music played from a vintage turntable with live music.  Big fun! See you there!