Shelley Doty X-tet

Jennah Bell opens

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

blends rock, jazz & blues

$20 adv / $22 door

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October 15 8:00 pm

Shelley Doty

Shelley Doty is an East Bay gem. Not only does she rule on both acoustic and electric guitar, she also sings with fluid grace and writes songs filled with swagger, tenderness, and joy. “I play rock with a jazz attitude,” Shelley Doty said in an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle. “I'm not interested in playing the same song the same way for 18 years. When I write a song, I think of it as its own universe.” Guitar Player Magazine praises her “smoky, soulful voice” and salutes her guitar work for its “energy, funk, and surprise.” 


Growing up in Berkeley, Shelley listened mostly to jazz, Coltrane and Miles, and didn’t imagine herself as a musician until her brothers turned her on to rock and roll. She co-founded the popular West Coast band Jambay, touring relentlessly and releasing three independent albums before disbanding in 1996. In 1999, she won the Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search and closed the show playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, and Chrissie Hynde in front of 22,000 cheering fans. Since then she’s immersed herself in a wide array of projects, leading the Shelley Doty X-tet, playing with Sistas in the Pit and Skip The Needle, and co-writing and performing music for the animated science fiction film Strange Frame: Love and Sax. The East Bay Express has praised her album Over the Line for its “vast reserves of upbeat creative energy,” “deep and soulful groove,” and “jubilantly jazzy vocals.” Oh, and her shows at the Freight always pack a powerful emotional punch! Tonight, she'll have Julie Wolf on keys and accordian, Mike Sugar on electric and acoustic bass, Vicki Randle on percussion and guitar, and Dale Fanning on drums.  


Jennah Bell is an Oakland-grown singer and songwriter who studied at Berklee College of Music, moved to New York City, and released two EPs, Early Bird and Live at Mother. Her musical palette includes bright bursts of folk, soul, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and bluegrass too. She has learned from such artists as Paul Simon, Jimmy Jam, Paul Williams, and David Foster, and performed at South by Southwest, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, The Roots Picnic, and Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz Festival. This young East Bay talent is poised to make a splash!



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