The 5 O’Clock Hour
March 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm| $65
Come have a cocktail or two, at our no-host bar and marvel at the sunset over the Bay while basking in the glow of some of the best jazz performers around.
Rarely open to the public, the Golden Gate Yacht Club invites you to join the fabulous duo of Noah Griffin and Clairdee in the second of our series of Sunday music cocktail hour concerts along with The Cole Porter Society’s Jazz Quartet. Sip a beverage from our no-host bar and relax as the music flows and the view of the Bay soothes.
“Noah’s voice, interpretations and phrasing are reminiscent of Mel Torme” … George Shearing
“I love his voice.” – Eddie Fisher “So romantic. His voice melts me.” – Rosemary Clooney
Noah has delighted audiences with his marvelous voice from the age of 7 when he sang with the Boy’s Chorus with solo’s in La Boheme and performed in Carmen, Boris Gudenov and Turandot. As a teenager, he was signed to a record label and performed on the bill with the Shirelles. Later, in college, he sang with the famed Jubilee Singers and performed a solo with the Philadelphia Philharmonic in a production of Porgy and Bess. While in grad school, he sang with the Harvard University Choir, in nightclubs in and around Cambridge and sang solo with Duke Ellington. Noah has appeared in New York, Boston, London, Rome, and Paris as well as a 6 month run at the Fairmont in San Francisco. For 10 years, he was the soloist for the Walt Tolleson Big Band.
After a 35-year day job in media, politics, and government, Noah turned to music full time. He formed The Cole Porter Society to raise the musical literacy of our youth through outreach programs, scholarships, and performances. Recent productions include: Frank Sinatra at 100, The Lost Songs of Cole Porter, The Cole Porter Society Salutes Ed Sullivan, Kiss Me Kate and The Cole Porter Society Salutes Motown! Noah also wrote the official ballad of the Golden Gate Bridge and has the honor of being appointed as one of only 16 private citizens in the United States to be commissioned to plan for the 250th birthday of our Country.
“In the tradition of all great vocalists, Clairdee infuses her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself.” – Nancy Wilson
“Clairdee is the real thing. A beautiful voice – NPR
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee’s lustrous voice, and soulful delivery hearkens back to a time when jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues often blended seamlessly together. Combining scene-stealing charisma with heartfelt humility and a sincere belief in the transformative power of music, she bridges the gap between generations with a repertoire of standards, blues, and originals set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining. With her impressive ability and ease in signing a variety of musical genres, she performs with symphony pops, orchestras, and big bands, and has opened for artists as diverse as David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, Johnny Mathis and the late great Etta James.
Clairdee is working on a new recording, A Love Letter to Lena Horne, in support of her concerts celebrating the legendary singer, actress, and activist.
Our jazz quartet includes Ross Gualco on keyboard; Akira Tana on drums; Jeff Sanford, sax; and Joe McKinley on bass. A swinging group indeed!
Let’s not forget the other star of the show. The Venue! The Golden Gate Yacht Club achieved worldwide fame with the partnership between Larry Ellison of Oracle and the Club to win the America’s Cup in 2010. Come relax in a beautiful, private and friendly venue on the Bay.