Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Sista Kee & the I.O.P.

When: Sat., March 13, 8 p.m. 2010

A good jazz pianist knows her Real Book tunes by rote, and can play all the Cole Porter hits in any key. A great jazz pianist has an uncanny way of making each song her own -- whether by pushing the time, altering the chord changes, or shifting the mood on a dime. Enter Kito Gamble, aka SistaKee, who started playing piano at age three. Her 2006 album, Represent,mixes jazz and gospel styles in a highly imaginative way. Gamble wrote the tunes and raps on top of most of them, accompanied by Howard Wiley on saxophone and Darrell Green on drums. It's 21 tracks of sermonic verse laced up with some killin' solos. SistaKee performs around town with various iterations of her band, the I.O.P., when she's not touring with saxophonist Dave Murray or her mother, Faye Carol. She'll grace DivinityVoice Music & Arts (3609 Maple Ave., Oakland) this Saturday, Mar. 13. 8 p.m., $10. AspireBetterCommunity.com/DivinityVoiceMusicArts.html

Rachel Swan

Price: $10

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