Newmark Theatre

Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky :: Green Sally :: Live at Folk Holidays - 7/26/17

Ranky Tanky :: A Brief Introduction


From the South Carolina low-country, where life is laced with African ways, comes Ranky Tanky, a quintet with music rooted in Gullah culture. From descendants of enslaved Africans isolated on the southeastern Sea Islands, Gullah is a unique mix of African and English that has shaped American art, food, language, and attitude. Translated loosely as "Get Funky!," Ranky Tanky updates traditional Gullah game songs, spirituals, and shouts with gospel vocals, jazz trumpet, and an R&B rhythm section.

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 positions on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

Recent highlights: Monterey Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, California Worldfest, Carnegie Hall Presents, Telluride Jazz Festival, SF Jazz, Molde Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues, Lincoln Center ED, and their national television debut on NBC's the TODAY Show (March 15, 2019).

"Ranky Tanky, from Charleston, S.C., sings old Gullah songs–some of them sly moral lessons–in arrangements that connect their beat to a New Orleans lilt."– New York Times

"The biggest surprise of [GlobalFEST], Ranky Tanky proved that exotic music can be both unfamiliar enough to be surprising, and yet familiar enough to provoke swinging hips and nodding heads. When it works, it's the best of both worlds."– Paste Magazine


A limited quantity of Arts for All tickets ($5 for Oregon Trail Card holders) will be available at the Portland'5 Box Office beginning two hours before show time.

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