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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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KNMDK!!!

CLOSED THIS EVENING

KNMDK!!!

DETROIT JAZZ TRIO & FRIENDS

PERFORMING SOME HALLOWEEN VOODOO MAGIC: KNMDK!!!

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

AFRICALI

BABY THUMP

THUMPASAURUS

BABY THUMP

THUMPASAURUS

SENTIMIENTO U MAÑANA

CLOSED THIS EVENING

THE TAL COHEN GROUP

THE BLACK CAT TRIO

THE TAL COHEN GROUP

THE SMITH DOBSON QUARTET

THE TAL COHEN GROUP

DANIELLE WERTZ AND HER SWINGIN’ QUARTET

THE TAL COHEN GROUP

MARK ROBINSON & HIS RAT PACK TRIO “THE SOUNDS OF FRANK!”

THE TAL COHEN GROUP

THE TAL COHEN GROUP

CLOSED THIS EVENING

FREDDY CLARKE & WOBBLY WORLD

THE SULTRY SOUNDS OF LILAN KANE & HER OAKLAND COLLECTIVE

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

GUITAR PHENOM YOUSSEF KHIARI (AKA YO K) & HIS INTERSTELLAR CRUSADERS “A TRIBUTE TO THELONIOUS MONK”

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

GUITAR MAESTRO HRISTO VITCHEV & HIS ORGAN TRIO

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

THE INCOMPARABLE COURTNEY KNOTT AND HER COLLECTIVE!

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CLOSED THIS EVENING

CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

THE CHASE JACKSON TRIO & FRIENDS

VIBRAPHONE COOL CAT CHASE JACKSON & THE JAZZ GROOVE ENSEMBLE

THE CHASE JACKSON TRIO & FRIENDS

VIBRAPHONE COOL CAT CHASE JACKSON & THE JAZZ GROOVE ENSEMBLE

VIBRAPHONE COOL CAT CHASE JACKSON & THE JAZZ GROOVE ENSEMBLE

CLOSED THIS EVENING

JEFF DENSON “OUTSIDE MY WINDOW”

CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

THE THEO CROKER COLLECTIVE

THE JAZZ VOCALS OF REN GEISICK “A BLACK CAT HOLIDAZE EXTRAVAGANZA!”

THE THEO CROKER COLLECTIVE

THE JAZZ VOCALS OF REN GEISICK “A BLACK CAT HOLIDAZE EXTRAVAGANZA!”

THE THEO CROKER COLLECTIVE