The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes R&B soul-singer Lalah Hathaway, for four nights and six shows touring in support of her new release Where it All Begins. Band members joining Ms. Hathaway are Dennis Clark (background vocals), Michael Aaberg (keys), Chris Johnson (drums), Eric Smith (bass), and Jairus Mozee (guitar). Show times Thursday –and Sunday at 7:30p, Friday and Saturday at 7:30p and 9:30p. Doors open at 5:30p all nights. $28.50.
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Lalah Hathaway, one of contemporary R&B’s most prized artists and in-demand vocalists released her sixth solo album and second for Stax Records, Where It All Begins on October 18th, 2011. The versatile, critically acclaimed musician, songwriter, vocalist and producer found creative regeneration and newfound energy making this record. Hathaway recruited esteemed kindred spirits to either co-write or contribute tailor-made tunes to her new release. The list includes top-tier songwriters, some of whom have penned hits for Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Bilal, Babyface, Musiq Soulchild, and host of others, demonstrating Hathaway’s long-held status in contemporary R&B. “I went on Twitter and Facebook and said, ‘I’m looking to collaborate with writers and get songs from people,’” explaining how she chose her collaborators. “I really wanted to open myself up to people. I don’t have a bias of who gets to work with me. I love a great song and a great lyric.”
Where It All Begins comes on the heels of Hathaway’s most successful album to date, 2008’s Self Portrait. The album reached the top ten on the Top R&B Albums chart and included the Grammy® nominated (Best Female R&B Vocal) song “That Was Then.” When it comes to evaluating what makes a timeless song worthy of Hathaway’s vocals and interpretive gifts, she relies on the basics: melody, harmony and rhythm.
When it comes to honoring her predecessors, perhaps there’s no other greater example on Where It All Begins than with her spellbinding take on “You Were Meant For Me,” a chestnut that her late father – the incomparable Donny Hathaway recorded. In view of Donny Hathaway’s landmark albums and indisputable influence on generations of singers worldwide, she speaks of him as a guiding light, especially when it comes to interpreting other people’s music.
Born to R&B/soul music royalty, some people might simply know her as the daughter of the last soul legend, Donny Hathaway, but there is more to her than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, she is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and her career has spanned two decades. Twenty-one years after the release of her first self-titled album, her career continues to thrive.