Poetry Readings & Music Shows

Only the multi-talented jazz singer, songwriter, and poet Lisa B... has been weaving this kind of 'must pay attention to every word' storytelling magic... throughout her unique 20-year career.”

— Jonathan Widran, JW Vibe

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) reads from her new poetry volume "God in Her Ruffled Dress" in the Santa Cruz, Calif., book launch, with open mic to follow. Lisa graduated from high school in the county and received her B.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz.

Free but reserve a spot!

Book launch for "God in Her Ruffled Dress" plus work by fellow poets. Hosted by Jason Schneiderman. Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) AND Jenny Factor, Daisy Fried, Rodney Terich Leonard, and Tom Sleigh. Free.

Three Show-Promo Videos

"Show Promo: Singer, Songwriter, and Poet Lisa B and Her Band"

Selections from Lisa B's original music and verse


"I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined"

Excerpts from Lisa's show of new versions of Cole Porter's music


“Poetry Performance Excerpts!”

Excerpts from Lisa's recent poetry readings

Live Photos

Selected Presenter & Fan Quotes

 “Obviously you’re a gigantic talent…you totally controlled the room.” 

- Robin Reichert, owner, Paradise Lounge, San Francisco  


She totally captivated the audience. She is an originator, her arrangements are mesmerizing, and her band is great!” 

- Gary Hamada, Jazz and Blues Company/KRML-FM, Concert Manager


“You know as a poet and as a singer that you were being heard...from the silence between phrases. I was surprised by many things. First by the quality and range of your voice. When you want to you get a terrific blues quality. The people playing behind you are so good. I especially enjoyed 'Center of the Rhyme' and the Joe Williams song.” 

- Philip Levine, former Poet Laureate of the United States


“That was a wonderful show last night. You were marvelous – charming, funny, astute, original. Your band was exquisite, each and every one of them. Your comfort on the stage and with the band felt assured. 

My friend also thought you put on a fabulous show and that the musicians were outstanding. She really enjoyed your personality and your stage presence.” 

- B.N.


Selected Performance Venues

2nd Annual Bay Area JazzPoetry Festival, Berkeley 

21 Grand, Oakland, Calif. 

Above Paradise Lounge, San Francisco 

The Albion, San Francisco 

Angelica's, Redwood City, Calif. 

Anna’s Jazz Island, Berkeley 

Armando's, Martinez, Calif. 

At Seventeenth, Oakland, Calif. 

Avonova, Oakland, Calif. 

The Back Room, Berkeley, Calif. 

Bartlett Hall, Union Square, San Francisco 

Berkeley Art Museum, University of California 

Berkeley Art Center, Rhythm & Muse Series 

Beyond Baroque, Venice, Calif. 

Bird & Beckett, San Francisco 

Bison Brewery, Berkeley 

Blondie's, San Francisco 

Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco

The Blue Lamp, San Francisco 

The Blue Monkey Cafe, San Francisco 

Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco 

Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, Port Townsend, Washington 

Cafe Gianlucca, New York City 

Cafe Pink House, Saratoga, Calif. 

California Jazz Conservatory/The JazzSchool, Berkeley, Calif. 

Cava 555, San Francisco

Cesar E. Chavez Branch, Oakland Public Library, Calif. 

Chevy's, San Francisco

Church of Divine Man, Berkeley

The Clarion Cafe, San Francisco 

Club Boomerang, San Francisco

Club Muse, Albany, Calif. 

Coco Club, San Francisco 

The Coffee Mill, Oakland 

The Coffee Society, Cupertino, Calif. 

Das Klub/1055 Howard, San Francisco 

The Donnell Library, New York City 

E3 Playhouse, Santa Cruz, Calif. 

East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey, Calif. 

The Elbo Room, San Francisco 

Expressions Gallery, Berkeley 

First St. Cafe, Benicia, Calif. 

Folcrom, San Francisco 

Foothill Writer's Conference, Los Altos, Calif.

Galileo High School, San Francisco 

Hanno's in the Alley, San Francisco 

Harmony Festival, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif. 

The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito 

HEAR Music Store, Berkeley 

The Hotel Utah, San Francisco 

Hyatt on Union Square, San Francisco, and Hyatt Regency, Oakland 

Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco 

Jazz & Blues Company, Carmel, Calif. 

The Jazz House, Berkeley 

Jewish Community Center, Marin County, Calif. 

Kelly’s, Alameda, Calif. 

Kimball's Carnival, Oakland (Commissioned Poem and Performance, Memorial for Jazz Activist/KPFA-DJ Doug Edwards) 

The Lab Theatre, San Francisco

Lake Chalet Bar & Grill, Oakland, California 

La Mama Theatre (La Galleria), New York City 

La Pena, Berkeley

LA Times Festival of Books 

The Lobby, Oakland, Calif. 

Livermore Jazz Society, Livermore, California

The Luggage Store, San Francisco

The Marsh, San Francisco 

Mason Street Wine Bar, San Francisco 

Max's Diner & Bar, Downtown Oakland, Calif. 

Mick's, San Francisco 

Milestones, San Francisco

Montclair Jazz Festival, Oakland, Calif. 

Musically Minded Academy, Oakland, Calif. 

New College of California, San Francisco 

New Delhi Restaurant, San Francisco 

New George’s, San Rafael, Calif. 

New Performance Gallery (ODC), San Francisco 

Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga, Calif. 

Paradise Lounge, San Francisco 

Pasand, San Francisco 

Pearl’s, North Beach, San Francisco 

Piaf’s, San Francisco 

Picante, Berkeley 

The Poetry Center, San Francisco

Poetry Flash, Berkeley

Quiet Storm, San Francisco 

Rasputin’s Records, Berkeley 

Rasselas, San Francisco 

Redwood City Summer Concert Series, Calif. 

Rising Spirits Cafe, San Francisco 

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Calif. 

The Royale (house concert), Oakland, Calif. 

San Francisco Socialist School 

San Francisco State University 

Santa Cruz Film Festival at Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Santa Cruz Poetry Festival at Cooperhouse

Santa Cruz Public Library

Savanna Jazz Club, San Francisco 

Shanghai 1930, San Francisco 

Short on Attitude, San Francisco 

Skyline Community College, Pacifica, Calif. 

Small Press Traffic, San Francisco 

The Sound Room, Oakland, Calif. 

Spike's Speak, San Francisco 

Stanford University 

Tattoo Rose Cafe, San Francisco 

Templebar, San Francisco

Tropical Haight, San Francisco 

Union Hotel, Benicia 

University of California, Santa Cruz 

Voulez-Vous, Berkeley, Calif. 

WomenROCK 5th Anniverary Concert, The Box Factory, San Francisco 

The WOW Cafe Theatre, New York City 

The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Zebulon’s, Petaluma, Calif.


Barnes & Noble, Emeryville 

Bonanza Books, Walnut Creek, California

Books & Books, Coral Gables, Florida

Borders Books, Fremont, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Sand City, Santa Cruz, San Ramon, Union City, California 

Bound Together Bookstore, San Francisco 

Cody’s Books, Berkeley 

Diesel Books, Emeryville, California 

Different Light Bookstore, San Francisco 

Grand Piano Bookstore, San Francisco 

Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco 

Talking Leaves Bookstore, San Francisco

Village Well Bookstore, Culver City, California

Workshops/Clinics & Classes

Lisa B's Home Music Studio


In addition to her music credentials (seven records, more than 90 performances), Lisa B holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature/creative writing and has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, and others. Her books of poetry were published What Books Press and Wesleyan University Press, and her poems have appeared in more than 60 journals and anthologies.

In addition, she has a professional practice as a psychic reader, energy healer, and coach.

Lisa B draws on all this information as a workshop/clinic leader and teacher. She has taught creative writing classes and the workshops/clinics described below at university, city, community, and K-12 schools and programs as well as privately. 

All information is available through private coaching as well.



Working with our attention on the sound of our words returns a spirit of play and discovery to our writing. Even while writing free verse, we can call on a range of musical techniques to both enrich our poems and help us access content that we are not yet conscious of.

In this workshop, we will first read poems that put musical form and elements at the forefront. We will review tools such as rhyme, alliteration, assonance, syllabic stresses, and enjambment. Then we will turn to playing with these techniques and others (such as listening to a poem in a language you don’t know and “translating” it, and writing while listening to music) to produce work that is freer and perhaps more revelatory — with a more direct connection to the muse. Includes sharing and discussing the new work we have generated.



* Reconnect with your initial enthusiasm about being a poet, performer, or creator 
* Release invalidation and judgment from your creative, performance, and career activities 
* Learn how to own your body and personal energy space when you appear publicly 
* Handle nerves and anxiety 
* Re-envision what success means to you 
* Plan and execute short- and long-term steps in your career 

Specific tools we will learn and practice: 
* Grounding 
* Centering yourself in the "driver's seat" 
* Protecting your personal space 
* Harnessing the information in your seven major chakras 
* Envisioning and manifesting specific outcomes you want 
* Keeping your energy flowing 
* Finding your enthusiasm 

Past participants had this to say about the mind-body-spirit tools information: 

"The information presented helped me to connect with my spirit and improved my confidence. I would recommend this workshop to all singers and performers." - M.G. 

"The workshop covered a wide range of topics and techniques that I can apply to my singing. The information was understandable from every level, beginning to advanced, and adaptable." - J.B. 

"I really enjoyed the combination of energy and vocal work." - C.R. 

"What a wonderful workshop today! What I appreciated most was that it was not your typical workshop — exercises, sing a song. It truly was a complete overview — mind, body, and spirit." - O.J. 

"The workshop was amazing. I really enjoyed the guided meditations and learning about the chakras. Still thinking about it all!" - J.T. 

"Great start to discovering the artist in myself." - T.H. 

"Thanks for reconnecting me to my spirit self. I forgot the little girl who just loves to sing." 

"I thoroughly enjoyed it and greatly appreciate the marrying of technique and spiritual/emotional awareness." - L.W.



Lisa is a type 1 diabetic of more than three decades, and works with diabetics of all kinds to teach mind-body-spirit tools to improve well-being. Inquire for more information!



Most singers and musicians were first inspired by the music of someone else. This workshop will help you shape a project (recital or recording) presenting the music of another musical artist. 

Whether you’re drawn to Sarah Vaughan or Adele, Rodgers & Hammerstein or “Hamilton,” Miles Davis or Marvin Gaye, through a tribute project you can pay homage, find inspiration, stretch your musical vision and abilities, and create a frame for new work. 

Get your feet wet through this fun workshop. First Lisa B will present some seminal tribute projects. Then she will help you shape a project of your own: explore your attraction to a particular artist; sketch out your vision of mood, era, and songs; and start to define instrumentation, arrangements, and tasks. 


JazzSchool/California Jazz Conservatory Catalogue


Selected Workshops (Clinics) and Classes

"A Creative Life/Mind-Body-Spirit Tools" Workshop: Campolindo High School, Moraga, Calif., Winter 2019 

"Imagining Your First Tribute Project" WorkshopJazzSchool/California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley, Summer 2018 

"The Complete Singer: Spiritual, Practical, and Technical Tools to Help You Realize Your Musical Dreams (aka Mind-Body-Spirit Tools for Singers)" Workshop: co-taught with Daria: Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, Feb. 2015; GuitarWorks, Novato, Calif., August 2014; and Lisa's Home Music Studio, Oakland, Calif., May 2014 

"The Singer's Life: Where to Start (and How to Keep Going)" WorkshopJazzschool, Berkeley, Calif., October 2011 

Poetry Writing TeacherAnna Yates Elementary School, Emeryville, Calif., 2nd/3rd/4th Grades, Fall 2007 - Spring 2015 

Poetry Writing WorkshopMercy Housing After-School Program, Peanut Butter and Jamm Music Session for Kids, Spring 2010 

Poetry Writing & Performance with Musicians WorkshopAllendale Recreation Center, Oakland, Calif., Kids Ages 6 - 12 (including Final Performance w/ Paul van Wageningen, drums, and Aaron Shaul, bass), Summer 2008 

"Vocal & Energetic Techniques for Self-Healing & Finding Your Creative Path," WorkshopBlue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, Workshop for Adults, co-taught w/ Vicki Burns, January 2008

Program and Outreach CoordinatorJewish Community Library, San Francisco, 2003-2004 

Guest Poet: Skyline Community College, San Francisco State University, Galileo High School (San Francisco), Soquel High School (Santa Cruz County) 

Workshop Leader/Poet & PerformerFoothill College Writers Conference, Summer 1995, 1991,1990 

Associate Director of The Poetry Center and Lecturer in Creative WritingSan Francisco State University - Two-year term, Fall 1989 - Spring 1991