CHELLE! & FRIENDS
Mardi Gras Party!!
Michelle “Chelle” Jacques - vocals
Rhonda Crane - vocals
Bryan Dyer - vocals/percussion/piano
Sam Bevan - bass
Donna Viscuso - flute/sax/harmonica
Bob Scott - drums
Eric Swinderman - guitar
New Orleans native, MICHELLE JACQUES along some "very special friends" take the influences of jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, Gospel, Carribean, African, Zydeco, rock and the chants of Mardi Gras Indians and more, stir it into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating.
Michelle Jacques was born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, CA.. She began this journey to find out what it means to be Creole, to understand her culture, her language and her history...and after the devastation of Katrina in 2005, her mission has evolved into her determination to keep the history and the music of New Orleans alive through concerts, children's performances, workshops and residencies.
Michelle’s credits include: recipient of the City Of Oakland, Individual Artist grant for 2008, winner of the 1992, Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) for “Best Folk/Progressive Song”, “Home Africa, studio recordings with the renown producer Greg Landau including Pamela Rodriguez, Susana Baca, Kepa Junkera, and soundtrack for the Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2010 movie “La Mission” with Benjamin Bratt, and served on the board of directors of Arts First Oakland.Visit Event Website for More Info