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MEET RAZ KENNEDY

In the realms of vocal performance and singing instruction, Raz Kennedy has created a legacy for over 40 years that rivals the music industry’s finest. Acknowledged as “the premiere vocal coach in the Bay Area” by Narada Michael Walden (multi-platinum Grammy and Emmy winning producer and musician), Raz Kennedy is a veteran music educator, producer, and vocalist devoted to the pursuit of excellence. His eclectic performance credits include serving as a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra and performing as a background vocalist on recordings for many legendary artists, including Whitney Houston,  Al Jarreau, and Kenny Loggins, as well as on stage for StingSantana, and Mickey Hart. As an accomplished vocal coach and producer with numerous Gold and Platinum records to his credit, Raz Kennedy has gained the rich experience of working well with thousands of singers.

Considered a maverick in the field of voice, Raz Kennedy is resolute in his quest to master a profound range of singing methodologies. Through advanced study with distinguished vocal coaches, such as Seth Riggs and Jane Sharp, traveling through Latin America to perfect his command of rhythm, and his most recent pursuit, obtaining a teaching certificate from Denmark’s famed Complete Vocal Institute, Kennedy’s command of vocal mechanics is sublime. This depth of knowledge and expertise has positioned Raz to instruct a culturally diverse roster of musical luminaries, from members of Metallica, to Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye BlindHilary Duff, Davey Havok of AFI, members of Los Tigres Del Norte, the late Clarence Clemons from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and many more.

Raz Kennedy places sincere emphasis on developing the next generation of talent, making his methods for vocal success available to all singers. In addition to his thriving private practice, Raz is an active faculty member at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, one of the Bay Area’s most prestigious music study institutes. Throughout his career, Raz has served as a guest instructor at SF JazzJazz Camp WestStanford JazzGRAMMY in the SchoolsEast Bay Center for the Performing ArtsWest Coast SongwritersRuth Asawa San Francisco School for the Arts, and various music education programs in Latin America and Europe. On July 19th of 2016, The City of Berkeley formally proclaimed the date to be “Raz Kennedy Day”, in recognition of his decades of artistic excellence, community service, and social activism. Above all, Raz Kennedy’s mission is to advocate for and assist anyone who desires to experience the liberating power that can be attained through singing as artistic expression. 

Photo by Mats Linde.

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PHOTOGRAPHS

All images by Nino Fernandez.

CLIENTS

James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Adam Duritz and members of Counting Crows, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, members of Los Tigres Del Norte, , Narada Michael Walden, members of Rancid, Davey Havok of AFI, Eric Martin of Mr. Big, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Hilary Duff, Jason Newsted, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Stroke 9, Cloud Nothings, Victoria Theodore (Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé), Ezekiel McCarter of Con Brio, Mayssa Karaa, Brett Anderson of The Donnas, Aaron Carter, Chantelle Paige, A-Teens, Eoin Harrington, Caroline Vreeland, Lavay Smith, Joe Bagale / Otis McDonald, Jasmine Guy, Sakai, Spencer Day, Karina Lombard, James Nash of The Waybacks, The K.G.B., Manuel Romero, Jolie Holland, Storm Large,  Sakis Rouvas, Bamboo Shoots, Will Evankovich of American Drag, Taara Tati of Metal Mother, Gina René of Soulstice, Tiffany Austin, David Luning,  Forest Sun, Shana Morrison, Noelle Hampton, Rachel Efron.

COLLABORATORS

Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, Whitney Houston, Sting, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, Narada Michael Walden, Todd Rundgren, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Earl Klugh, Tevin Campbell, Jason Becker, Rebeca Mauleon, June Watanabe, George Coates Performance Works, Oberlin Dance Company, Bonnie Hayes, Tony Lindsay, Claytoven Richardson, John Santos, Jeanie Tracy, Rhiannon, Wael Kabbani, Joel Harrison, Bob Ostertag, Chris Manning, Molly Holm, Paula Gallitano, Linda Tillery.

 

MUSIC

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LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS

From Undercover presents 50th Anniversary Tribute to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Raz Kennedy reimagines the Beatles classic in a lush vocal jazz style. This recording features nine dynamic female background singers and

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Raz Kennedy: Lead Vocals

Brenda Roy: Background Vocals
Nona Brown: Background Vocals
Anna Lissa Jack: Background Vocals
Chiedza Kundidzora: Soprano Background Vocals
Kymi Armour: Soprano Background Vocals
Yvette Pylant: Mezzo Soprano Background Vocals
Dia'Amari Adwin: Mezzo Soprano Background Vocals
Viveca Hawkins: Alto Background Vocals
Ajuana Black: Alto Background Vocals

Nick Milo: Piano

Arrangement: Nick Milo and Raz Kennedy

Engineering:
Carl Wheeler: Lead Vocals, Main Background Vocals
Dave Bell: Soprano Background Vocals
Alberto Hernandez: Mezzo Soprano and Alto Background Vocals
Nick Milo: Piano

Mixing: Alberto Hernandez

Mastering: Piper Payne

 

DUET

From The PoRazone Love Project's Talk To Me: Transcending The Communication Breakdown.

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Raz Kennedy: Lead Vocals
Raz Kennedy: Piano
Pollyanna Bush: Piano Solo
Paula Gallitano: Orchestral Arrangement

Engineering: Raz Kennedy, Paula Gallitano, Justin Lieberman

Editing Engineering: Raz Kennedy, Paula Gallitano, Justin Lieberman, Matt Cohen

Production: Raz Kennedy, Paula Gallitano

Mixing: Ron Barlett

Mastering: Bernie Grundman

 
 

THE RAZ KENNEDY SHOW

 
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2017

 

Experience the magic of Raz Kennedy for one night only! Join us on Saturday, September 9th at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley for the first ever Raz Kennedy show, an evening of stunning vocal performance and world class musicianship.

The Raz Kennedy Show is an evocative artistic exploration of freedom, empowerment, and love. This exclusive solo performance will serve as a beautiful celebration of Raz Kennedy’s musical journey and pay tribute to the artists and collaborators, who inspired him along the way. Conjuring a mosaic of iconic music, Raz Kennedy will interpret repertoire from the songbooks of John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Rick James, AC/DC, Curtis Mayfield, and many more.

ln honor of this rare appearance, Raz will be joined by an all star musical ensemble featuring Victoria Theodore on piano/keyboards (Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder), Kai Eckhardt on bass (John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham), Dave Tweedie on drums (Fishbone, Primus), Matthew Charles Heulitt on guitar (Sting, Sammy Hagar), and Sandy Griffith (Celine Dion, Diana Ross) and Leah Tysse (Michael Franti, Ashford & Simpson) as background vocalists. 

Advance Tickets: $35 / Door Tickets: $39
Freight & Salvage Members: $33
Seniors: $33
Youth: $18

 

FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEEHOUSE 

2020 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704

 
 
 

MEET THE all star BAND

VICTORIA THEODORE

Music Director, Keyboards

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MATTHEW CHARLES HEULITT

Guitar

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KAI ECKHARDT

Bass

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DAVE TWEEDIE

Drums

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SANDY GRIFFITH

Background Vocals

LEAH TYSSE

Background Vocals

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