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Somi starts the new year 'jazzed' at Oakland's New Parish / SFCV

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If you made a New Year's resolution to get out of the house and see more live music in 2019, you've come to the right place. Forget about the winter doldrums, the Bay Area is brimming with brilliant music, and January's offerings bode well for a decade-closing run of beautiful, transporting, strange, and wonderful sounds.

The daughter of East African immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, Brooklyn jazz vocalist Somi has collaborated widely with West African musicians, most conspicuously on 2014's The Lagos Music Salon (OKeh). With 2017's Petite Afrique (Sony/OKeh Records), the soul-steeped singer looks closer to home with a song cycle exploring the lives of African immigrants in the United States. Touring the West Coast, she plays Oakland's New Parish on her only Bay Area date ( January 13 ) with a stellar band featuring pianist Toru Dodo, bassist Jahmal Nichols, and drummer Otis Brown III (best known his extensive work with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano's Us Five).