Very Unusual Jazz Duo featuring Yehudit, five-string violin, and
Beth Snellings, cello.
You've never heard jazz played quite like this! Two classically
trained and jazz-savvy string players stretch the bounds of their
instruments to create a unique approach to jazz standards and more.
Formed in the spring of 2000, Different Strokes has performed at
venues around the Bay Area, including the Mill Valley Fall Arts
Festival, the Musicians’ Union Jazz Performance Showcase series,
and the San Francisco Arts Festival.
Jazz violinist Yehudit (pronounced "yeah who DEET") is
making a place for herself in the forefront of the jazz mainstream,
demonstrating that the electric violin, in Yehudit’s hands,
is a convincing and innovative jazz instrument. A tenured member
of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, she performed for two years
with the jazz/blues band John Handy with Class, and has appeared
with Denise Perrier, Jules Broussard, Dan Hicks, Martin Fierro,
Zeena Quinn and Sweet 'N' Sour Swing, and the Gerry Grosz Jazz Kitchen.
"Yehudit," her debut album, was released in 1997.
Her latest CD, “Valentine,” featuring jazz treatments
of classic love songs, was released in May 2001 on the Edgetone
label, and is being distributed nationally by Jazzheads Records.
Beth Snellings, cellist, has been performing in the San Francisco
Bay Area for the past decade. Her performing experience spans such
musically diverse contexts as symphony orchestras, musical theatre,
chamber music ensembles, jazz combos, and new music groups, with
an emphasis on extended techniques and improvisation. Beth’s
recent credits include a European tour of “West Side Story,”
performances with the Pneuma Music Group and CD recording with Copus,
a spoken word and improvised music project, as well as numerous
engagements as a chamber musician. Beth is a graduate of the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music and of the University of Arizona.
Her teachers include Bonnie Hampton and Mark Summer (of the Turtle
Island String Quartet).
Booking and information: (925)686-4573 or (415)566-4036.
Email: yehudit at yehudit.net