Ranky Tanky // SFJAZZ Center @ SFJAZZ, San Francisco [from 13 to 14 July]

Ranky Tanky // SFJAZZ Center


29
13 - 14
July
19:00 - 22:00

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201 Franklin St, San Francisco, California 94102
«Ranky Tanky, from Charleston, S.C., sings old Gullah songs — some of them sly moral lessons — in arrangements that connect their beat to a New Orleans lilt » — The New York Times

The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Fresh out of college, trumpeter Charlton Singleton, guitarist Clay Ross, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and drummer Quentin Baxter originally worked together as an in-demand jazz quartet on the Charleston scene in the late 1990s before splitting off to each make their way as freelance musicians, working with names like Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Cyro Baptista, and René Marie.

Gaining years of valuable experience while developing a deeper appreciation for the South Carolina Gullah tradition they came from, the band reformed with the dynamic vocalist Quiana Parler to celebrate the bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues that mark the low country mainland and Sea Islands – music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans that introduced such indelible parts of American songbook as «Kum Bah Yah» and «Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore.» The word «Gullah» comes from West Africa and means «a people blessed by God,» and «Ranky Tanky» translates loosely as «Work It,» or «Get Funky!»
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