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Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you’ll get 30 answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Cajun or Creole or gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians. New Orleans native MICHELLE JACQUES (and some very special friends) took these influences and a few more, all stirred into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating. Any CHELLE! & Friends performance is like Mardi Gras itself an unforgettable experience.
CHELLE! and Friends, is made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring the driving voices of artistic director and founder, Oakland's "Queen of New Orleans music", MICHELLE JACQUES, RHONDA CRANE, JAY LAMONT and BRYAN DYER, DONNA VISCUSO on woodwinds, SAM BEVAN on bass, ERIC SWINDERMAN on guitar and BOB SCOTT on drums.