This week's Saturday Jazz Caliente celebrates Mother's Day with an (almost) all-women show. Favorites like clarinetist Anat Cohen, violinist Regina Carter, percussionist Sheila E, and pianist Eliane Elias are in the line-up. Here are the rest; perhaps lesser known, but just as talented female instrumentalists:
The Blazing Redheads: The darlings of the San Francisco live music scene in the late 1980s, this group recorded two albums and then apparently faded away. Outstanding musicianship by these women, as you'll see in the video.
Gabriela Quintero: Half of the duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, this young woman's guitar technique is exceptional.
Andrea Brachfeld: She studied with jazz masters Jimmy Heath and Yusef Lateef, and collaborated with a number of Latin jazz greats. Her new album If Not Now, When? featuring her original compositions will be released later this month.
Brenda Navarette: A dedicated percussionist from age 9, Brenda has won national competitions in Cuba, and was a member of Obini Batá, the all-women batá drum troupe. She's an accomplished and charismatic singer, drummer, composer and procducer.
Brenda Hopkins Miranda: This Puerto Rican pianist/composer specializes in mixing genres for her unique sound. Her latest album Puentes is a delightful jumble of jazz, blues and Puerto Rican standards.
Happy Mother's Day!
Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.