Artist Feature – Valerie Trout from The Congress

Valerie Troutt, a remarkable singer-songwriter, fuses R&B, soul, funk and jungle in her unique approach to Jazz and original compositions. Her ability as a Jazz vocalist and soul composer has inspired the hearts of many listeners. Valerie’s accomplishments include a year long run as an artist-in-residents at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco and performing on the Jazz stage for the Best of East Bay Express party 2009.

On numerous occasions, Valerie has sung back-ups for singers Tiombe Lockhart of Cubic zirconium, Les Nubians, Crystal Monee Hall, Sabina Sciubba of Brazilian Girls, and performed with singer songwriters Jennifer Johns, Maria Muldaur, Kimiko Joy, Sista Monica Parker and Mala Waldron daughter of the late jazz pianist Mal Waldron. Valerie has performed and recorded with modern composers, Emanuel Ruffler, Howard Willey and drummer- producer Jaz Sawyer of Pursuance records. In the summer of 2008 Valerie became the youngest member of the Grammy nominated Oakland based a cappella ensemble Linda Tillery Cultural Heritage Choir and is featured on their latest album “still we rise, still we sing”.

Ms. Troutt has performed in New York for the Israeli Consulate honoring Bobby McFerrin. She has written and arranged music for the Oakland Youth Chorus, The Con-gress, See.Think.Dance as a part of the Museum of African Diaspora SF, Higher Ground Neighborhood Corp. Oakland, California and The Embodiment Project Nicole Klaymoon San Francisco.

Valerie has served as an ambassador of the United States to the International Association of Jazz Schools in Santiago De Compo Stella, Spain and has also sung aboard the QE2 Transatlantic Cruise Line as a part of pianist Junior Mance’s showcase.

In 2009 and 2010 Valerie participated as a principle singer in La Peña – Ayer, Hoy y Pa’lante, an original suite of music by three time Grammy nominee, Wayne Wallace with libretto by Aya de Leon. Currently Valerie is the director of “The Shepeople’s” all female artists showcase. She is also a member of “The Congress” Neo Soul Orchestra lead by Trumpeter Marcus Cohen.

Valerie has graced the stages of many venues and festivals including Yoshi’s Jazz Club San Francisco (SF), The Knitting Factory New York (NY), Art n’ Soul Festival Oakland, CODA Jazz Supper Club SF, The Shattuck Downlow Berkeley California, Maxwell’s Oakland, The Uptown Oakland, Somar Bar Oakland, The Laurel Street Fair Oakland, Slims SF, The women of color conference 2010 UC Berkeley, Theaterhaus Germany and The Makor NY.

This Oakland girl has established herself as a consummate composer with soul tinged songs that are dynamic and note worthy. Valerie’s music is energetic yet heartfelt offering a taste of expression and freedom crossing many musical genres. Her ability to create an astonishing repertoire of diverse songs will make her one of the important singer-songwriters of the 21st century.

Dianne Reeves, commenting on her first musical encounter of Valerie states, “She is energetic, spontaneous and ready.” Valerie Troutt is certainly a fearless force to watch for in the years to come.

SeaweedSway & Songbird Winter Festival Present:

The Congress
Conspiracy of Venus (co-headlining)
Mindi Hadan

Cafe Du Nord

2170 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-1319
(415) 861-5016

$10 tickets

doors 7:30, show at 8:30

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