This Week in Live Music:
By Chris Trenchard on June 16, 2014
Ethiopian/Israeli singer-songwriter Ester Rada plays SFJazz Center this week in one of the most anticipated soul-jazz shows of the summer.
Tuesday: Ester Rada at SFJAZZ Center
Ethiopian/Israeli singer-songwriter Ester Rada interestingly cites soul icons Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin among her influences. But it’s really impossible to pinpoint just a few influences in Rada’s profound R&B/jazz/reggae/funk blend. Blurring traditional cultural lines is part of the fun for Rada, and another reason soul and jazz fans can breathe easy, knowing this important music will survive in good, next-generation hands.