When it comes to the Bay Area’s R&B aristocracy, no one outranks Lady Bianca. A pianist and vocalist with boundless soul, she spent the first half of her career providing luminous wattage to formidable stars like Frank Zappa, Van Morrison John Lee Hooker and Sly Stone as a backup vocalist and keyboardist. Also well-versed in jazz, she portrayed Billie Holiday in vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks’ storied production “Evolution of the Blues” and seems to have absorbed Lady Day’s relaxed, behind-the-beat phrasing.
Lady Bianca shares: “When I sing, I noticed that it worked for me to take a little more time, and maybe that was Lady Day’s influence. Esther Phillips was an influence, too, the bite and pepper of their music.”
With her writing partner, Stanley Lippitt, Bianca has a catalog of over three hundred songs, which she also helped produce, arrange. She has recorded 9 albums, including new release “Blues is on the Menu” Mp3 on her own Magic-O (“Home of the Mighty Oakland sound”) Label.
In recent years, Bianca has toured the country with her trio and was a featured solo vocalist and pianist on the lnternational Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland; and represented The Golden Gate Blues Society in Memphis as a contestant in the International Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo Category. Additionally, Lady Bianca’s voice can be heard singing “Oh Freedom” in the Roots award winning film Documentary film Gina’s Journey. The Search for William Grimmes, as well as featured as Narrative in the Oakland -based Documentary “Evolution of the Blues”.
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