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Tuesday, July 24th
7:00pm-11:30pm |$10/$15
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THE JAZZ AND BLUES VOCALS OF REN GEISICK

What matters most to Ren Geisick is music’s capacity to tell a story. Her driving force is evoking emotion through the medium of song. Most easily perceivable in Ren’s music are the influences of jazz and Americana, but her multifaceted vocal delivery defies any one genre.

Surrounded by the music of Patsy Cline and Frank Sinatra in her childhood home in San Jose, California, Ren developed her love for singing at an early age. It wasn’t until enrolling at CSU Long Beach that Ren began studying jazz music in earnest. She honed her skills in the genre over the course of several performances and recitals. After graduating, Ren remained in Long Beach around ten months as a freelancer, then embarked upon an adventurous cruise ship gig. Both experiences helped her refine her voice and style for her eventual return to the Bay Area.

When Ren returned to San Jose, she began regularly attending jam sessions at local clubs like Cafe Stritch, where she met musicians who would become her mentors, and eventually, her band. Guided by the first-call South Bay rhythm section Jason Lewis and John Shifflett, she gained the necessary experience and skills to lead a band and perform her own arrangements. In 2014, Ren arranged a collection of Nina Simone’s music for an electrifying tribute performance at Blackbird Tavern. Shortly after, Ren met local pianist Jon Dryden, and the duo began arranging and recording classic country tunes to rediscover their love for the genre.

Between performing and recording, Ren finds time to teach the next generation of vocalists at San Jose State. Since fall 2016, she has been mentoring a steadily growing studio. Ren always emphasizes the importance of storytelling through performance.

Ren’s latest album, Ren, Love Song, is a manifestation of her Americana roots that is decidedly personal yet universally relatable. Borrowing elements of jazz, blues, and country, Ren delivers heartfelt performances of original music and reimagined classics. Collaborating with producer Jesse Harris and top-notch studio personnel, Ren crafts an album that blurs the lines between Americana and jazz. Never one to remain confined by a single genre, Ren flows seamlessly from a carefree country shuffle to an introspective ballad. What remains consistent throughout is her intimate lyrical delivery and vibrant energy.

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Calendar of Events

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THE CHASE JACKSON VIBE COLLECTIVE

THE CHASE JACKSON VIBE COLLECTIVE

THE CHASE JACKSON VIBE COLLECTIVE

CLOSED THIS EVENING

JAPANESE JAZZFEST! ATSUKO HASHIMOTO ORGAN QUARTET

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

LIVE JAZZ – OAKLAND JAZZ / R+B SENSATION LILAN KANE FEATURING MIKE BLANKENSHIP (KEYS), SCOTT THOMPSON (BASS) AND DANTE MCCLINTON (DRUMS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST DAYNA STEPHENS (TENOR & EWI SAX), WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST DAYNA STEPHENS (TENOR & EWI SAX), WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

LIVE JAZZ – OAKLAND JAZZ / R+B SENSATION LILAN KANE FEATURING MIKE BLANKENSHIP (KEYS), GIULIO XAVIER (BASS) AND DANTE MCCLINTON (DRUMS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST DAYNA STEPHENS (TENOR & EWI SAX), WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST DAYNA STEPHENS (TENOR & EWI SAX), WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

ITALIAN DRUM LEGEND FRANCESCO CINIGLIO (AKA “NAPO”), “LOCOMOTIVE BAND”, FEATURING WAYNE TUCKER (TRUMPET), JAVI SANTIAGO (KEYS) AND GIULIO XAVIER (BASS)

CLOSED THIS EVENING

FREDDY CLARK & WOBBLY WORLD “SEVILLE: A FLAMENCO NIGHT!”

PIANO REBEL JAVIER SANTIAGO “B-SIDES: THE PHOENIX SESSIONS”, FEATURING JOHN PALOWITCH (SAX), GIULIO XAVIER (BASS) AND MIKE MITCHELL (DRUMS)

THE ALON NEAR GROUP

THE ALON NEAR GROUP

THE ALON NEAR GROUP

THE ALON NEAR GROUP FEATURING RISING STAR VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR GRINBERG

THE ALON NEAR GROUP FEATURING RISING STAR VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR GRINBERG

THE ALON NEAR GROUP FEATURING RISING STAR VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR GRINBERG

THE ALON NEAR GROUP FEATURING RISING STAR VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR GRINBERG

THE ALON NEAR GROUP FEATURING RISING STAR VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR GRINBERG

THE ALON NEAR GROUP FEATURING RISING STAR VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR GRINBERG

THE ALON NEAR GROUP

THE ALON NEAR GROUP

THE ALON NEAR GROUP

CLOSED THIS EVENING

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE ANACHRONISTICS

THE ANACHRONISTICS

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE INCOMPARABLE VOCALS OF AZURE MCCALL & HER LITTLE BIG BAND!

THE INCOMPARABLE VOCALS OF AZURE MCCALL & HER LITTLE BIG BAND!

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

THE DAN MONTGOMERY QUINTET: “STORYTELLER”

CLOSED THIS EVENING

THE TONY PEEBLES TRIO: “A TRIBUTE TO THE SONNY ROLLINS TRIO!”

THE TONY PEEBLES TRIO: “A TRIBUTE TO THE SONNY ROLLINS TRIO!”

THE TONY PEEBLES TRIO: “A TRIBUTE TO THE SONNY ROLLINS TRIO!”

THE GIULIO XAVIER VIBE THEORY!

THE GIULIO XAVIER VIBE THEORY!

THE GIULIO XAVIER VIBE THEORY!

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST JERMAINE HOLMES

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST JERMAINE HOLMES

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST JERMAINE HOLMES

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST JERMAINE HOLMES

DJ OWEN VELEZ

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST CHRIS TURNER

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST CHRIS TURNER

DJ NICK LAMB

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST CHRIS TURNER

3x GRAMMY WINNER KEYON HARROLD! WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST CHRIS TURNER

CLOSED THIS EVENING

OAKLAND JAZZ & R+B SENSATION LILAN KANE!

OAKLAND JAZZ & R+B SENSATION LILAN KANE!

OAKLAND JAZZ & R+B SENSATION LILAN KANE!

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

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