Marlina Teich
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Marlina Teich

San Francisco, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE | AFM

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Jazz Blues


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"Art Beat"

SomArts Show 2005:

"I wasn't surprised but I was delighted with how interesting it turned out. The jazzy background guitar music of Marlina Teich was enjoyed by everybody. The atmosphere was warm and intimate for such a large space and everyone seemed to be having a good time. The music was fantastic!" - Magazine of the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art

"Almost Like Being In Love"



VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I´ve played this song many times in various different combinations. This is an excellent version. Beautiful voice and that´s some very nice guitar playing as well. I´m a drummer and I can hear both the drummer and bass player are tight. This SWINGS big time. Good production. Good work. - CD REVIEWCREW


Reviewed by: ESLIDER


A great mellow and professional sounding lounge sound! I bet she is very popular at the blues and jazz themed resturant/bars! This is the kind of music I like to hear when I am out for dinner with good friends! Great music!

"Jimmy Bruno (jazz guitarist)"

". . . .Great vocals! Very good playing and singing. Beautiful sounding guitar." - (recorded with Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, and Elvis Presley)

"Daniel Lombardi (jazz guitarist)"

I have recorded with some of the greats - Al Jarreau, Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson, Sheila E but when I first heard MARLINA it was like listening to a diamond in the rough. Love her voice..sulty, an absolute pleasure. The guitar work is a beautiful match to her vocals. I wish her much well deserved success! - Review of CD



"Nat Hentoff, former editor DownBeat"

"The warmly sensuous flow of music Marlina sends forth moves me into a groove I hate to leave when I go back to my day job." -

"- Mundell Lowe, guitarist w/ Andre Previn, Billie Holiday, Ray Brown, Charlie Parker."

"Listened to your new cd several times, Marlina - love your sound!"
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"SF Jazz Speaks: An Interview with Marlina Teich"

August 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Marlina Teich

One of the greatest things about music in San Francisco is that there is a diversity of genres here. If you want to hear a particular kind of music, you can find a band or musician that plays it and a venue that showcases it. We’re lucky in that. One of those genres is jazz; and one of those musicians is Marlina Teich. Not only does she play jazz in venues across the city, but she’s also the founder of an organization called Jazzheimer’s which brings this music to Alzheimer’s patients in and around San Francisco’s Western Addition. Learn more about this work and Marlina’s music from her in this interview that she did with San Fran Voice. We also have her CD and will be posting a review for you next week so keep an eye out.

What’s the inside story on your musical history? (The thing your bio doesn’t say … You know, the time that you sang for the first time and just KNEW it was what you wanted to do or the way that you struggled for years to find out exactly where your niche was.)

When I was a youngster (around 9 or 10) I started singing in talent shows on the boardwalk in Belmar, New Jersey. It didn’t matter how good you were, you got applause. There was an organ accompanist who played everything from Five Foot Two to The Doors! It was a lot of fun and it turned me on to a lot of jazz and showtunes at an early age. Also, I acted out the Beatles as a young child with some friends and I always picked George (wasn’t very aggressive to get Paul or John) but it worked for me because he was the lead guitarist and that’s what I wanted to be.

What can you tell us about Jazzzheimers – the inspiration for it and the way it has come to fruition?

Jazzheimers started recently. I have been volunteering at convalescent hospitals for over 15 years but mostly in the past three years since I retired from my day job teaching elementary school. I had been playing solo and since I’m a jazz musician I like to have a rhythm section which, of course, needed to get some compensation. I started by paying them out of pocket which had a pretty big hole in it to begin with :)) So, I wrote a grant for $3,000 and got it in February of this year from the Samaritans’ Fund. We play at least four venues a month for Alzheimer’s and related dementias in and around the Western Addition of San Francisco.

We at Jazzheimers have just about used up the money and so I have written another grant and hopefully will get it. We currently have a link on the Mayor’s website. To find out more about Jazzheimers’ you can check out the website.

The difference between Jazzheimers and the Bread and Roses Organization (which is a wonderful incredible service) is we are a much smaller scale, focus on jazz, and pay our musicians a stipend. Often musicians waive the stipend. We try to use jazz musicians from the Fillmore District whenever possible and we have a strong affirmative action policy. When I first moved to SF, my husband and I lived in the Fillmore District.

If you had to sum up your sound, what would you say?

To sum up my sound would be challenging because I play guitar and sing. Some people say I remind them of Diana Krall (we both are multi instrumentalists and have deep voices). My guitar is similar to Kenny Burrell’s sound probably because I listen to him the most. I used to be more of a technician, a la George Benson, but my physical condition doesn’t afford me the luxury of practicing as much as I would like.

Do you have a favorite SF venue for seeing others perform their live work? And where do you like to perform in the city?

My favorite venue for seeing people is Pearls because I have been going there for over fifteen years. I have never played there but hope to at some point. I enjoyed playing at the Shanghai 1930s Jazz Club and the Cliff House when they had jazz. I’m traveling to the East Coast soon and hope to play a few venues when I am there.

You’re originally from NY and you’ve played around the world; so why does San Francisco stick?

I love San Francisco for its diversity and for its small town/big city feel. The people are great. I like to be around people who are open minded and heartfelt. SF has great food at affordable prices. But, I do miss New York and my family and old friends. Oh yeah, and the pizza!

Which spots in the city can you be found in when you’re just out and about?

I do breakfast at Joe’s Coffee Shop almost every morning. Becky is the best waitress in town – she keeps that coffee coming! And the food is great and low priced. I see other jazz musicians there during the week because everyone else is working their day jobs. I also hang out in North Beach a lot for the music, cafes, bookstores, and restaurants. Reminds me most of NY.

Do you have any favorite local musicians you think that other people here should know about?

Junius Simmons is my favorite musician here. He played with Earl Fatha Hines, Dizzy, and Dexter Gordon to name a few. Also used to back a lot of singers like Diana Washington and Etta James. He is a wonderful human being and a great influence. We have been friends for over twenty years and we have a group that plays with Ed Williams on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums. He is my mentor.

In a perfect situation, where do you want to be a year from now?

I want to be playing a jazz festival in Italy. I want my CD out in the stores. I want to still work with Alzheimer’s patients because I think I have a flair with them. I often talk to them individually and it’s amazing if you spend a few minutes with a patient how they come alive. It really doesn’t matter the words you exchange. It’s the feeling and the caring that they feel that makes them experience joy. It’s very gratifying. I really enjoy them.

If there was anything that you could make sure your fans knew, what would it be?

I would like them to know why I play music. I play jazz because it is the only idiom that I have found (I played rock, blues, you name it) that can honestly reflect what I’m feeling to the listener. I know classical can do that to an extent. I found with rock, I wasn’t feeling angry enough to play it anymore. With jazz, it goes through the whole spectrum of human feelings and when I play it, I want to be like a healer; I want to spread the feelings of release and happiness. Music heals the spirit of the player and the listener. It’s a communication of love.
- The San Francisco Voice


My latest cd "My Love Waits There" w/ Jules Broussard is for sale at three stores in San Francisco as well as and



I am a guitarist, singer and arranger specializing in jazz, bluesy jazz, and blues.

Originally from the Bronx and Bayonne, New Jersey, I started my career playing guitar and singing lead in R&B and Big Bands. Some of the players I performed with in the Big Bands included Rudy Salvini and David Hardiman as well as former members of the Charlie Barnett Big Band. I played in many smaller combos as well with Richie Cole, Junius Simmons, Jeff Chambers, Eddie Marshall, Skeeter Camera, Larry Baskett, Eddie Henderson, Jules Broussard, Si Perkoff, Yolanda Nichols and Dave Black, former drummer for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Saxophonist Richie Cole produced a recording of myself on guitar with Yolanda Nichols on saxophone. I played both guitar and bass with Richie Cole when I first started out in jazz.

I have been performing for many years in the Bay Area and have performed in at least 100 venues in the state of California. I have performed internationally at the Sandals resorts in Jamaica; wineries in Sonoma County, California; hotels, such as Ben Swig's Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont Hotel for the Italian Consulate; nightclubs: the Purple Onion, Shanghai 1930s, North Beach Italian Family Service Agency, San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, Great American Music Hall, Cafe DuNord; jazz festivals; private parties; restaurants, such as Zingari's Restaurant in the Hotel Donatello, and recently for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at the gala opening of the Lake Merced Golf Club. I have experience doing studio work for radio and television.

For almost twenty years I have been taking my music into hospitals, prisons and other institutions. I am the founder and executive director of JAZZHEIMER'S - an organization that brings live jazz to Alzheimer's patients in hospitals and free lunch programs for Seniors and the Disabled in and around the Western Addition of San Francisco. I also volunteer at Miatri Aides Hospice playing music for the patients.

KGO Radio Curathon for Leukemia on March 28th featured my band. We won a "battle of the bands" for a four-song spot on this major league radio station.