Rightnowish: Bassist Aneesa Strings' Love for Music Started in Oakland

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Aneesa Strings and an upright bass bond at Oaktown Jazz Workshops (Pendarvis Harshaw/ KQED)

Aneesa Strings has traveled the world playing the upright bass, but her story starts right here in Oakland.

Strings grew up playing in Oakland public schools and at a local nonprofit, Oaktown Jazz Workshops. She just released a single, called "Lovealution," from her forthcoming second studio album. She says the song explores the validity of nature—the only thing, she likes to say, that's not a scam.

Music is clearly Strings' second nature, as she's mastered the art of the upright bass, the piano and vocals. She's performed as a background musician for L.A. rapper Ill Camille during an NPR Tiny Desk Concert last year, and also played a major role in Duckwrth's European tour in 2018.

And just this week, Strings announced that she's about to go on tour with jazz singer José James, with a June 15 date at SFJAZZ in San Francisco.

In between all of these movements, Strings was in Oakland for a stint, and I caught up with her to discuss her love for music and how she walks the tightrope between R&B and jazz. Click the link above to hear her story.

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