SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo will highlight Mission College's second Wednesday concert on June 29. The event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is free to the public and will include Mission College's food truck. Patrons are reminded to bring a blanket/chair. Alcohol is not allowed at the event.
Obiedo will be joined on stage in the College'e main grassy plaza by Blues and Soul vocalist Leah Tysse.
The concert series continues on July 13 (Cumbia Urbana band Qiensave), July 27 (Soul singer Lilan Kane) and August 10 (Latin singer Masha Campagne).
Obiedo, a Bay Area native, has played with and on records with Herbie Hancock, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo and Bill Summers.
He told the East Bay Express, “Growing up in the East Bay — Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland — there was always some sort of soul/R&B-based music around me,” he says. “I couldn’t help but be influenced by it. But somewhere along the line playing jazz, Latin, and funk all got combined together for me.”
Obiedo is known as "one of California’s finest exponents of jazz, pop and fusion."
Tysse is a San Francisco-based singer with experience in blues, gospel, jazz and soul.