Artist Gallery Photo

Ranky Tanky

Tue, Jul 23 -
Wed, Jul 24, 2019




$36.00 ($6 Service fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.



The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes jazz, blues, gospel, folk artists Ranky Tanky for two nights in support of their sophmore album "Good Time" released July 12th. Band members are Quiana Parler (vocalist), Charlton Singelton (trumpet and vocals), Clay Ross (guitar and vocals), Kevin Hamilton (bass) and Quentin Baxter (drums and percussion). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.

artist info

“Ranky Tanky, from Charleston, S.C., sings old Gullah songs — some of them sly moral lessons — in arrangements that connect their beat to a New Orleans lilt.” – New York Times

“The biggest surprise of [GlobalFEST], Ranky Tanky proved that exotic music can be both unfamiliar enough to be surprising, and yet familiar enough to provoke swinging hips and nodding heads. When it works, it’s the best of both worlds.” – Paste Magazine

“Combining revered Gullah kinship with a jazz sensibility, Ranky Tanky accentuates the spirituality connected to the ring shouts and praise houses, proposing a modern rendition of their ancestral music.” – All About Jazz

“This group isn’t bound to any one particular musical genre, and it is grounded instead by an enigmatic, unshakeable and unspoiled tradition that’s long been hidden in plain sight.” – Jazziz Magazine

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, i-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

videos

upcoming shows

Artist Gallery Photo

Bill Frisell Trio featuring Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums)

Thu, Jun 27 - Sun, Jun 30

Guitarist Bill Frisell is widely known as one of the most versatile players in jazz history, despite possessing an always instantly recognizable warm, bell-like tone on his instrument, no matter what he happens to be playing.

info
Artist Gallery Photo

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra presented by The Monterey Jazz Festival

Mon, Jul 1

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival brings together 21 of the most accomplished high school jazz musicians from across the country to form an all-star touring jazz orchestra. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra meets each summer to rehearse with Education Director Paul Contos before embarking on a domestic or international tour!

info
Artist Gallery Photo

Acoustic Alchemy - CD Release Celebration!

Tue, Jul 2 - Sun, Jul 7

Touring in support of their new release and first in seven years, 33 1/3, Acoustic Alchemy have spent thirty years making music and in that time they have received droves of critical acclaim for their albums and three Grammy nominations.

info
full calendar