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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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EMPRESS “LOVELY I AM”: THE SOULFUL, UNPLUGGED PREVIEW OF HER DEBUT ALBUM

EMPRESS “LOVELY I AM”: THE SOULFUL, UNPLUGGED PREVIEW OF HER DEBUT ALBUM

CLOSED THIS EVENING

THE BEN WINKELMAN TRIO

THE BEN WINKELMAN TRIO

OWEN CLAPP & EAST OF EDEN

GENR8R FT. 3X GRAMMY-WINNING KEYBOARDIST SAM BARSH & ISRAELI VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR, PLUS SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST OLIVIA RUFF!

OWEN CLAPP & EAST OF EDEN

GENR8R FT. 3X GRAMMY-WINNING KEYBOARDIST SAM BARSH & ISRAELI VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR!

ZEPHYR AVALON QUADROPHONIC BAND

GENR8R FT. 3X GRAMMY-WINNING KEYBOARDIST SAM BARSH & ISRAELI VOCAL SENSATION TAMIR

ALBUM RELEASE: “THE NINE” COMMISSIONED TO CELEBRATE THE FIERCE AND NOTORIOUS RUTH BADER GINSBURG!

CLOSED THIS EVENING

BAND OF ALL-STARS: SYLVIA CUENCA + BEN STOLOROW + DOUG MILLER + ANDREW SPEIGHT “CELEBRATING JAZZ STRAIGHT AHEAD!”

BAY AREA LEGENDS! BASS LEGEND CHRIS AMBERGER & THE HOT DOGS FEATURING THE YOUNG BRATS!

SAX LEGEND SMITH DOBSON QUINTET “SOME MONK AND SOME OF MINE”

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

LEGENDARY JAZZ PIANIST HAROLD MABERN TRIO WITH DRUM LEGEND JOE FARNSWORTH & BASS GREAT MICHAEL ZISMAN

CLOSED THIS EVENING

FREDDY CLARKE & WOBBLY WORLD: “A NIGHT IN MOROCCO!”

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

TOKA

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

WAYNE TUCKER & THE BAD MOTHA’S

CLOSED THIS EVENING

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

OWEN BRODER PRESENTS: “HODGES & DUKE”

LAURA CORALLINI & TOMER ELDOR QUARTET

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

TRUMPET VIRTUOSO THEO CROKER PRESENTS: “STAR PEOPLE NATION!”

CLOSED THIS EVENING

TONY TIXIER TRIO

TONY TIXIER TRIO

TONY TIXIER TRIO

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

TONY TIXIER TRIO

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF

CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE & THE WHOLE PROOF