Wed June 12, 2024

Internationally Known Powerhouse & Award-Winning Jazz Vocalist

TONI REDD W/ SPECIAL GUEST ANGELO LUSTER

Doors: 7:30 PM   Show: 8:00 PM

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we pay homage to the legendary goddess of love, Ms. Phyllis Hyman. The evening will be headlined by the celebrated jazz vocalist, Toni Redd, who will bring to life timeless classics such as “Living in Confusion” and “You Know How to Love Me,” among others. Toni’s performance will be elevated by the exceptional talents of Angelo Luster, the Bay Area’s renowned saxophonist and musical director. Additionally, the night will feature Toni’s latest original track, “Stronger Than Before,” a standout piece from her 2023 album “Her Reddness,” which is currently ascending the music charts and is available across all digital platforms. Don’t miss this classic fusion of Jazz, R&B, and Soul – it’s a night that promises to be extraordinary!

Presented by Mark T. Elliott & The A-List Musiq Circle-Your Bay Area's Who's Who Quality Entertainment Network with Pre-Show VIP Meet & Greet hosted by Steven Parker of KDYA Radio.

TONI REDD started singing at the young age of 12. She was entered into a city-wide talent show in Atlanta Georgia at the age of 14. She went on to win The Best Female Vocalist Award and trophy against 12 other girls who were all older. This is when Toni’s father, Thomas J. Walker (soon to be manager) realized Toni had a gift of music in her life. Toni went on to study, play guitar, and began writing her own compositions.

Songstress Toni Redd is an internationally known Award  Winning Powerhouse Performer and Recording Artist. Toni is The Winner of 2 Black Women in Jazz Awards, for Best Jazz Artist in 2014 and Best Music Video for “Close to Me” from her 3rd solo project, “Catching The REDD Eye” Produced by Morris Pleasure, (former musical director for Earth Wind & Fire and former keyboardist for Michael Jackson). She is also the winner of the 2011 Los Angeles based Coffee Talk Jazz Radio Award for Best R&B Vocalist 2011, voted by over 10,000 listeners, and The Coors Light Award for Best Jazz Vocalist in The State of Texas for the Smooth jazz radio station The Oasis.

Though regarded as a smooth R&B singer, Redd is an intense vocalist whose style is infused with R&B, Traditional, and Contemporary Smooth Jazz with ClassicalSoul; these elements combined create her unique and distinct powerful ambiance. Her vocal capabilities are so rich that a reviewer with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution concluded that, “When Toni Redd performs; It is always a musical treat.” Additional reviews state that, “Her vocals are sultry and emotional, from the heart are exactly where her vocals come from. A strong personality with interesting life experiences, she shares these through her lyrics on a real level” – Just Soul Magazine. (UK Based)

ANGELO LUSTER A rose sprung from a rock” are the words critics use to describe Oakland, California native Angelo Luster, a saxophonist whose music invites the listener to embark upon a unique spiritual journey. You will without a doubt be enraptured by the emotion conveyed through his rich soulful sound, birthed from the union of contemporary gospel and the west coast jazz movements. At age twelve, he was accepted on scholarship to the Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he trained for six years in jazz and classical music. This led Luster to realize his purpose in life, “inspire others through my music.” Luster was taught by Bill Bell and Jim Moran who previously trained Dave Ellis, Tony, Toni, Tone guitarist, John Smith, Rodney Franklin, and Benny Green. Luster, like his classmates, got a range of experience after high school through performances in jazz festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

MUSICAL EXPERIENCES Luster received a scholarship to Grambling State University where he achieved the position of featured saxophone soloist. He also earned the honor of being spotlighted with such artists as Boyz II Men. He was favored as one of the top college musicians of America and chosen to play in the All American College Marching Band by the Walt Disney Company in 1993, and the Company’s All American Jazz Band in 1994. Luster spent his summers playing in big bands behind such greats as, Rosemary Clooney, Mercer Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Diane Schurr, Della Reese, Billy Taylor, Joe Williams, and other seasoned performers. After obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1996, Luster returned home and began to perform internationally with St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band.

WORKS IN PROGRESS Luster celebrated the release of his first solo CD entitled “Face 2 Face” in July, 2004 and in 2007 he released Face 2 Face The Vocal Sessions. The CD is an intimate reflection of his spirituality and desire to lead listeners into the presence of God. For this musical work, Luster was voted Best Male Jazz Artist of 2005 by Urban Gospel Industry Award, American Gospel Music Awards * Jazz Artist of the Year 2006 and 2007 Bay Area Black Music Awards* Best Gospel Musician. In addition to the CD, Luster performs in a host of venues with his band, which exemplifies the diverse sounds of his upbringing. Luster has recently accompanied artists such as Paul Jackson Jr., Micah Stampley and Frank McComb. His new EP "Sunday Mornin" available now!