Norris with the Larry Dunlap Trio
Bobbe Norris, vocals; Larry Dunlap, piano; Dan Feiszli, bass; Jason Lewis, drums
Friday July 3, 8 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
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Read about Bobbe Norris in June 21 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle's Datebook
The right pairing of an expressive singer and a sensitive accompanist
can reveal every facet of a song’s beauty, from the drama of
a great lyric to the allure of a compelling harmony. Bobbe Norris’s
smoky contralto and patient phrasing imbue every song she performs
with character and feeling. Her husband and long-time accompanist
Larry Dunlap complements her sound with almost telepathic empathy.
Their interpretations of beloved standards and obscure gems are rich
in nuance and spellbindingly communicative. San Francisco native
Norris, who celebrates her 70th birthday with this performance, has
the comfortable individuality and seemingly effortless musicality
of a veteran who has never stopped learning throughout a long and
storied career. Dunlap, an exceptionally tasteful and versatile pianist,
has played and served as an arranger and musical director for countless
world-class artists including Cleo Laine, Joe Williams, and Gerry
Mulligan. His outstanding trio includes some of the finest musicians
in the Bay Area: drummer Jason Lewis and bassist Dan Feiszli.
“She reaches into a lyric like she's pulling
taffy and brings out the sweetness and rich flavor of each song,
discarding anything superfluous or sticky.”
Photo Credit: Chuck Gee.
Q&A with Bobbe Norris
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
What’s your favorite food?
Macaroni and cheese.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
What’s the last book you’ve read?
The Bookman’s Promise by John Dunning.
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom
you have not played), who would it be and why?
Bill Evans. He is my favorite all-time musician.
What’s your favorite tune?
“Star Eyes” by Gene DePaul.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
Nat “King” Cole.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings
with you, what would they be?
Albums by Bill Evans, Ivan Lins, and Larry Dunlap plays
What hobbies do you have?
Reading, walking by the ocean, swimming, watching videos.
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or
events led to your becoming a professional musician?
My family was Croatian and played many instruments. I
started singing at age four, and believed that it was natural way
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it
be and why?
when I look at that
color, it makes me