Jazz… Our Musicians & Choir
David Sturdevant, Music Director
Our music director, David Sturdevant, is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo and harmonica), composer, and founder/leader of the eclectic Medicine B all Band, the Italian-American group Trio Davide, and the jazz trio Triage. He is a widely respected music educator, known for his strong commitment to the performing arts, his generous mentoring of younger performers, and his tireless support for diverse music communities – jazz, blues, R&B, New Orleans soul, and classic rock. Visit his website at www.medicineballband.com.
Michelle Jacques, Choir Director
Our choir director, Michelle Jacques, is the Artistic Director and founder of CHELLE! and Friends and JUKE JOINT a cappella quintet. She is a well-known music educator, working with the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music, the Oakland Youth Chorus, Jose Ortega Elementary School in San Francisco, and numerous other programs that help children develop a love for music. She has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, performing at the United Nations World Conference of Human Rights, the Gurten Music Festival, and the Montreux and Berne Jazz Festivals. Visit her website at www.chellenfriends.com.
David Miotke, Pianist and Cantor
Our pianist and cantor, David Miotke, earned his bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition, followed by a master’s degree in applied piano from Northwestern University. He served as lead singer and keyboardist with the rock group H. P. Lovecraft (1966-68) and has also worked as a studio singer and musician. He currently enjoys freelancing, teaching and creating new musical works, both live and recorded.
Terrie Odabi, Soloist
Terrie Odabi is an accomplished singer of blues, R&B and jazz, described by one critic as “the most dynamic blues and soul woman to [emerge] in the Bay Area since Etta James…” Terrie was a semi-finalist in the 2014 International Blues Challenge. Visit her website at http://artistecard.com/Terrie.
Bianca Thornton, Soloist
Bianca Thornton, better known to fans and followers as “Lady Bianca,” is a celebrated singer, pianist and composer rooted in blues, soul, and gospel. She has performed with such greats as Frank Zappa, Sly Stone, Van Morrison and Taj Mahal. In 2009, she was crowned the “New Queen of the Blues” by the Bay Area Blues Society. Visit her website at www.ladybianca.com
Our choir is welcoming and inclusive, like all the rest of our church. It includes people who sing on key and people who sing off-key, people with professional singing experience and people who struggle to carry a tune. No matter who you are or where you are in your singing career, you are welcome here! If you love to sing – whether or not you feel you’re a good singer – come sing with us!
The choir rehearses every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room and every Sunday morning at 10:15 am in the church sanctuary.