All Ages, Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Nancy Wilson

When: Thu., June 4, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., June 5, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sat., June 6, 8 & 10 p.m. 2009

NPR listeners may know her as the sultry narrator voice on Jazz Profiles, the popular public radio program that aired from 1996 to 2005, featuring archival recordings, live concerts, and historical anecdotes about all the great legends in jazz. But Nancy Wilson is a legend in her own right. She rose to national fame recording with saxophonist Cannonball Adderly in the early 1960s, got her own television show on NBC just a few years later, signed to Capitol Records in the 1970s, and remains a hit up to the present day. Just by listening to the intonation of her speaking voice, you can tell Wilson is an amazing singer. Part of her longevity owes to a vast repertoire that includes pop, blues, and cabaret as well as jazz standards. What's more important, though, is the range of personalities that Wilson brings to each performance: She's capable of being sweet and girlish, or bristly and hot-tempered, and she can take the emotional tenor of a song and transform it on a dime. Nancy Wilson makes a rare appearance at Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland) Thursday through Saturday, June 4-6. 8 & 10 p.m., $50. Yoshis.com


Rachel Swan

Price: $50

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