Angel of the night 

Sounding great over the telephone, Angela Bofill calls her upcoming gigs in San Francisco a “new chapter.”

She won’t be singing in the shows beginning Thursday at the Rrazz Room, her first appearances on stage after a stroke in January 2006 and another not long after that left her with impeded speech and mobility.

But, she will be telling stories about her career — which peaked in the late 1970s and early ’80s with R&B- and jazz-tinged tunes like “Angel of the Night” and “I Try” — accompanied by members of her last touring band, with singer Maysa taking on the vocal duties.

Though admittedly nervous, she says, “I have to do it. It may be the last performance,” describing it as a bigger mental than physical challenge.

She thanks her great family, friends, “beautiful” dogs (Max, Momo and Cookie), fans and an extensive therapeutic regimen with “very good” drugs for helping her through the very slow process of healing after what she calls “a brain attack.”

The fact that she may have had superior health care service (until recently, she lived in a rehabilitation center in Vallejo) thanks to her celebrity is something not lost on the performer, who was born and raised in Bronx, N.Y., but moved to the Bay Area nearly 30 years ago after her first tour brought her to Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley.

“I fell in love with this place; New York City is cold,” she says, adding that her hometown still is the greatest city in the world.

Bofill earned a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied opera. “It’s more fun to sing R&B than classical,” she says, though she respects classical artists’ technique.

Calling her own sound “good music” and “earth music,” Bofill hasn’t necessarily preferred performing songs she wrote. “Angel of the Night,” for example, was written about her (“I love it still”), and “Rainbow Child” is a song she wrote for her nephew decades ago.

That song will be covered as a tribute in this week’s show. Sadly, Pablo was tragically killed in a car accident last year.

Despite the obstacles, Bofill refuses to feel sorry for herself.

“I’m very blessed,” she says. “A higher power has plans for me.”

Humor has played a role in her slow but increasing recovery, which most recently has allowed her to ditch her wheelchair. One stipulation of doing an appearance, Bofill says, was “I have to walk in. I hate the wheelchair. I feel like a cripple.

“I’m thankful I’m still living. Luther Vandross is dead.”

Considering the possibility of singing again, she says, “I don’t know. It’s up to God. I’m happy at least to talk.”

The Angela Bofill Experience

Where: Rrazz Room, Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $45 to $55
Info: (866) 468-3399,

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