The mission of CHELLE! Music, is to present known and lesser known music, dance and theater arts of New Orleans, by developing, preserving and producing live and recorded performing art works, and teach a curriculum of New Orleans music, from Spirituals to Storyville to the Mardi Gras Indians, in various educational settings. CHELLE! Music creates programs that promote intercultural communication through the arts, with application well beyond the arts.
|"Whether leading a children¹s Mardi Gras parade or headlining the 'Queens of New Orleans" Music Festival, CHELLE! & Friends’ blend of music delights audiences of all ages." |
Yerba Buena Gardens
"Chelle has put together a dream team of accomplished performers. This group completely rocks! They've been a hit every time we've worked together."
Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you’ll get 30 answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, or gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians.
New Orleans native, and Oakland's own "Queen of New Orleans Music", MICHELLE JACQUES along some "very special friends" take all of these influences and a few more, and stir it into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating.
CHELLE! and Friends is made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. CHELLE! And Friends perform music that is vibrant and alive with 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 and ERIC SWINDERMAN on guitar, KEVIN SCOTT on bass and MICHAELLE GOERLITZ on drums.
Thanks for celebrating with us!
Friday Nights @ OMCA
Oakland Museum Of California
Michael Parayno, Birdland