Whitfield & the Mike Greensill Trio
Wesla Whitfield, vocals; Mike Greensill, piano; John Wiitala, bass; Vince Lateano,
Sunday, July 12, 7:30 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
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Listen: Wesla Whitfield – "I Have Dreamed"
Listen: Wesla Whitfield – "I'll
be Tired of You"
Read about Wesla in the May 31st edition of the San Francisco Chronicle's Datebook
Acclaimed singer Wesla Whitfield is a gifted and distinctive interpreter
of the Great American Songbook. With a classically-trained voice,
an innate sense of jazz timing, and the storytelling flair of a great
cabaret singer, she gets to the heart of a song’s lyrics and
melody. Although she calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Whitfield is in constant
demand in New York, where she captivates audiences in venues such
as the Algonquin Oak Room, Le Jazz Au Bar, The Metropolitan Room
and Joe’s Pub at New York’s Public Theater. She has also
graced the stages of Town Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Carnegie Hall,
and the Village Voice refers to her as “the best singer—jazz
or whatever—around today.” Whitfield’s husband
and music director Mike Greensill provides piano accompaniment and
instrumental arrangements that complement her singing and add to
the drama of her interpretations. His arrangements showcase Whitfield’s
voice with groups as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and the Klingel
Horns French Horn Quartet. For this performance, Greensill and Whitfield
will be joined by longtime collaborators John Wiitala on bass and
Vince Lateano on drums.
“Ultimately, there is nothing easy about what Whitfield does;
she just makes it sound that way. Her singing is musically sophisticated
and emotionally direct.”
Wesla Whitfield website
Q&A with Wesla Whitfield
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
Tico-Tico (A Brazilian choro piece recorded by Carmen
What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
I would have been a computer programmer or a paralegal or something
wonderfully lucrative, but very unhappy.
What’s your favorite food?
I love tacos – the really cheap kind. I can't actually eat them any
more, but I still love them.
What’s the last book you’ve read?
A biography about Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Teddy's first child.
What’s your favorite tune?
“Looking At You”
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Either Le Jazz Au Bar or the Plush Room – both now gone.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
How much do you practice each week?
About 20 hours on average – days are too damned short!
What hobbies do you have?
I love to crochet, sew, read and go for long 'walks' into town.
If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician,
what would you be and why?
I'd be a writer – you don't have to cajole people to come watch while
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances
or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I knew at two and a half that I would be a musician when I heard
a band playing at the Bucket Of Blood, an old dance hall in Arroyo
Grande, CA where my parents went. After that I did everything I could
to learn music in all forms - beginning with singing in the church
choir, playing drums in grammar school, taking piano lessons and
eventually studying voice.