Ray Obiedo Group Featuring Vocalist Chloé Jean


Ray Obiedo Group Featuring Vocalist Chloé Jean

Jun 16, 2023
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory

2040 Addison Street, 2040 Addison Street

Ray Obiedo’s group will be teaming up with Bay Area vocalist Chloé Jean as she performs music from her new CD “Fairy Tale Fail.” Ray’s group, with their heavy influence of contemporary Jazz, Latin and Brazilian rhythms, combined with Chloe’s unique vocal stylings, should make an interesting evening of jazz and soul. 

Band Members and Instrumentation

The Ray Obiedo Group

Chloé Jean – vocals

Ray Obiedo – guitar

Peter Horvath – piano

Dan Feiszli – bass

Phil Hawkins- drums

Artist(s) Bio

Chloé Jean

Jazz/Soul vocalist Chloé Jean is a Bay Area based recording artist and songwriter. Chloé will perform music from her new album “Fairy Tale Fail”. Her original compositions are drawn from Chloe’s personal life and times. In addition to Chloe’s five originals, the album includes reimagined versions of “Cry Me a River”; Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”, and a Latin tinged arrangement of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” She joined forces with guitarist Ray Obiedo, who produced and arranged this latest release. The sidemen included Santana keyboardist David K Mathews, Tower of Power bassist Marc van Wageningen and percussionist Peter Michael Escovedo. Rounding out the rhythm section are keyboardist Peter Horvath, Hamilton bassist Dan Feiszli, and drummer Jason Lewis. She has shared the stage with Pete Escovedo, Robert Cray, Jose Luis Rodriguez (aka. El Puma), Santana’s Tony Lindsay, Nelly McKay, and La Oreja de Van Gogh. Chloe is a Sofar Sounds artist as well as a lead vocalist in the premier funk band Foreverland.

Ray Obiedo 

Even as a child growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Obiedo recognized his own profoundly soulful musical connection to the Northern California region and its eclectic blend of exotic multi-ethnic rhythms. The sounds of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the popular recordings of Motown influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sounds were the platform on which Obiedo built his technique. He joined organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith on a U S tour in 1974, then ECM Records trombonist Julian Priester on his first European outing in 1977. A world tour in 1978-79 with jazz superstar Herbie Hancock is still one Ray’s most treasured musical memories.

Ray also started his long association with Latin Jazz great Pete Escovedo, which continues today. His own fusion band, Kick, included a young Sheila E. on drums and Sonny Rollins associate Mark Soskin on keyboards. In the mid-80s his reputation grew as one of California’s finest exponents of jazz, pop, and fusion. His other outlet during this time was the pop-rock vehicle Rhythmus 21, wherein he worked with other prominent session musicians from the Bay Area. His own recording experience is considerable, having partnered with artists including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Grover Washington Jr., Bill Summers, Brenda Russell, The Whispers, and most recently The Bob Mintzer Big Band.

Obiedo’s solo compositions also attracted acclaim and saw interpretations from Tower of Power, Sheila E, Marion Meadows, steelpan great Andy Narell, jazz guitarist Bruce Forman and The Pete Escovedo Orchestra. Parts of his work have appeared on film soundtracks, most notably Michael Caine’s “A Shock to the System” and Richard Gere’s “Internal Affairs”.

Such notoriety co-existed with Obiedo’s rising status as a solo artist, recording a clutch of 90s albums for Windham Hill Jazz while leading The Ray Obiedo Group on club dates and concerts. Obiedo made his solo debut with 1989’s Perfect Crime, followed two years later by Iguana; with 1993’s Sticks and Stones, he reached the Top Ten on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts. After 1995’s African-influenced Zulaya, he resurfaced two years later with Sweet Summer Days. 1999 saw the release of Modern World, a hybrid of R&B, pop, and Latin Jazz. Ray’s 7th CD, 2015’s There Goes That, was his first release on his own label, Rhythmus Records. Latin Jazz Project Vol 1 was released in October 2016 followed by 2019’s Carousel.

Artist(s) Website



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