Though jazz has been integral to Curtis Stigers' musical vocabulary throughout his career, his transformation from rock/pop headliner (of the sort that filled stadiums and made Leno and Letterman appearances) to jazz vocalist is barely a decade old, dating from the release of his debut Concord album Baby Plays Around in 2001. Stigers is often placed at the forefront of post-millennial jazz singers, but isn't a pure jazz artist in the tradition of, say, Mark Murphy or Mel Tormé. Nor does he want to be. Critical to his unique vocal style and his inimitable interpretative skills is his ability to draw upon his checkered professional past and his wide-ranging musical tastes to synthesize myriad influences, coloring tracks with various shades of pop, country, folk, blues, and classic R&B.
Live at the RRazz takes place at the historic Cadillac Building, 1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, Calif., Thursday, January 15 at 8:00 PM, and Friday, January 18 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $35. Call 800-380-3095 // 415-394-1189 or visit www.Live attheRRazz.com.
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