Bo Lankenau & Jo Gore
August 23, 2015 · 5-7pm/NO cover
Bo Lankenau is a self-taught musician who grew up in Chappaqua, N. Y. listening to and being inspired by the classic blues, soul, rock, jazz and folk music of the 50s and 60s. “I met Jo through a mutual friend and was immediately drawn to her eclectic jazz/soul/gospel stylings and deep understanding of the jazz tradition,” Lankenau said. Bo has played hundreds of shows in and around the Triangle and opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Betty Lavette — and soon Al Green — at such well known venues as the Durham Performing Arts, Koka Booth Amphitheatre and The Cat’s Cradle. www.bolankenau.com
Josephine Gore spent a good portion of her childhood singing at Spring Hill Baptist, located in Columbus County, NC. Jo’s father, A.K. Gore was the church pianist, and the two would play and sing throughout the region.
“There was plenty of soul, field hollerin, spirituals, call-and-response,…people sung and played by ear. No one fell asleep.”
Jo has developed a style that borrows from early gospel rock and rollers and soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Mahaila Jackson, and Al Green.
Her heavy vibrato, improvisation, and interpretation of melody is quite reminiscent of the great jazz stylists of the 50’s and 60’s. “It’s no secret that I have tried to pattern myself after Sarah Vaughan. She had such an amazing vocal range and such beautiful vibrato. I worship this woman.”