Until recently, bassist Tal Wilkenfeld was most likely best known as a background performer, having played with a wide array of famous musicians including Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Sting, Eric Clapton, Ryan Adams, Prince, and Pharell. Her performance with Jeff Beck at Crossroads Festival in 2013 went viral and has over a million plays on YouTube. Now, Wilkenfeld is ready for the spotlight as she prepares to release the follow-up to her instrumental jazz debut, Transformation, which will feature a more traditional singer-songwriter approach. This is welcome shift in Wilkenfeld’s trajectory as her singing voice is both strong and delicate, which is a hard balance to pull off. Tal Wilkenfeld is currently on her first headlining tour and is set to play at the B.B. King Blues Club on March 6. Additionally, she will be opening for The Who on their 50th anniversary tour at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on March 14 and Prudential Center in Newark on March 19.

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