"MoonCandy is a live soulful house ensemble that features the inspirational voices & composition of some of the Eastbay's most understated jazz, soul, blues and Gospel Singers. MoonCandy is a church without walls... soulful, uplifting and fabulous!"

 
Upcoming performances
June 22nd, 2018 Oakland Museum FREE 6pm
July 6th, 2918 Oakland Museum FREE 6pm
Aug 1&3, 2018 Ashland Oregon Shakespear Festival Greenshow FREE
Aug 2nd, 2018 Ashland Oregon La Baguette Cafe FREE
MoonCandy receives an award for outstanding music in dance piece from the   Isadora Duncan dance Estable.

MoonCandy receives an award for outstanding music in dance piece from the Isadora Duncan dance Estable.

 

A ‘universal synagogue’

By Andrew Gilbert for KQED 

Violence afflicting black communities, from inside and outside, is the central concern of choreographer Nicole Klaymoon’s Embodiment Project, which presents “Chalk Outlines” on June 11 at Yerba Buena Gardens. Featuring original music by soul/jazz singer Valerie Troutt performed by her vocal ensemble MoonCandy, “Chalk Outlines” is an outgrowth of the hip-hop dance company’s mission to bring various street dance forms to new audiences.

Much like Jang and Brown cite the influence of Roach, Troutt credits as inspiration the power of traditional African-American forms from Linda Tillery and Melanie DeMore. “It’s like Amiri Baraka said, if you trace the music of a people, you know where you’ve been and where you’re going,” Troutt says. “Working with Nicole Klaymoon, we are using elements of folk, percussion and voice that’s reminiscent of a chain gang, the gospel choir, and mourning mothers, all those kinds of sounds. But also house music, because the nightclub is a church, our universal synagogue for people to come and get free.”

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2016/05/20/after-suhrs-resignation-bay-area-musicians-keep-pushing-for-change/

Come Join MoonCandy March 10th 
at SheSigns Vocal Musi Festival. 2020 Addison, Berkeley,CA

Freight & Salvage

Come Join MoonCandy March 10th at SheSigns Vocal Musi Festival. 2020 Addison, Berkeley,CA

Freight & Salvage

Valerie Troutt and MoonCandy Receive an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Music and Lyric.

Photo: Valerie Troutt and Rashida Chase

Valerie Troutt and MoonCandy Receive an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Music and Lyric.

Photo: Valerie Troutt and Rashida Chase

MoonCandy at Carnaval SF 2017

MoonCandy at Carnaval SF 2017

Previous events

Valerie Troutt & MoonCandy Live House Ensemble

Oakland Museum

Friday night lights at the Oakland Museum. Always a good hang. kid friendly, wheelchair accessible.

MoonCandy will share new music and get the audience going with their intoxicating jazzy church house grooves.

Valerie Troutt in conjunction with QCC "They Wore Love & Justice"

Yoshi's , Oakland

JazzSoul Vocal composer Valerie Troutt in conjunction with the Queer Cultural Center of San Francisco present "They wore love and resistance: songs of truth, freedom and justice" An evening of music performed by all queer jazz, folk, soul and world music artist. Each artists will share their unique stories of truth, freedom and justice through song creating an intimate conversation illustrating the struggles and triumphs of queer life. This series we will celebrate, commemorate, dance and uplift our community to aspire to live one more queer day. “They wore love and resistance: songs of truth, freedom and justice” will be a revival of song claiming space for the future with a promise of liberation and groove. This evening will feature Funk Soul vocalist Tory Teasly, Folk singers Melanie DeMore and Blackberri. Jazz sensation Stephanie Crawford and the fascinating rhythms of World Music ensemble Vnote featuring singer, percussionist Jackie Rago.

Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project: Black Girl Magic

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Yoshi's Jazz & Blues Club , 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA

Feb 19th, 2018 The Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project Present "Black Girl Magic" featuring vocalist Paulynn Brown and Rapper Ryan Nicole. Come Celebrate Black History Month with Valerie. Expect a wonderful evening of original JazzSoul music, inspiring lyricism good food, spirits, special guest and more...

Valerie Troutt And Khalil D. Anthony

SF MOAD

Foundraiser for the San Francisco Museum of African Diaspora Tickets are $250.00

Dinner and Music with Chef Michael Twitty

The Jazz Herstory Collective

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Yerba Buena Gardens, SF, CA

FREE CONCERT at Thr Yerba Buena Garden Festival. 12:30 to 1:30 PM the Jazz Herstory collective an all women's Jaz and Soul band. Featuring Kimiko Joy, Vivica Hawkins, ruthie price, Sandra Manning, Valerie Troutt and Aneesa Strings.

Feb19

Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project: Black Girl Magic

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Yoshi's Jazz & Blues Club , 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA

The Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project Present "Black Girl Magic" featuring vocalist Paulynn Brown and Rapper Ryan Nicole. Come Celebrate Black History Month with Valerie. Expect a wonderful evening of original JazzSoul music, inspiring lyricism good food, spirits, special guest and more...

Dec11

Miss Ollie's 2nd Sunday Brunch with Valerie Troutt Trio

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Miss Ollie's , 9th & Washington, Oakland, CA

Miss Ollie's Brunch is off the Chain!!!

The Trio brings a taste of live Gospel, Jazz, Funk and Soul. All in the spirit of Love and Community with roots stemming from the black church.

Oct9

Sunday Brunch at Miss Ollies with the Valerie Troutt JazzSoul trio

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Miss Ollie's , 901 Washington Street, Oakland, CA

The Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Trio will play one of the funkiest Jazz & gospel shows Evah!!! Did I mention the food is hella good and healthy. Yup.