Erik Jekabson and his quartet re-join John Santos to celebrate the release of their new CD Live at the Hillside Club. The band plays Erik’s original music and arrangements, which include music influenced by Latin jazz, funk, New Orleans music, and classical music. The JCMS Advanced High School Jazz Workshop II, which Erik coaches, will play an opening set and join the band at the end of the night. erikjekabson.com
Erik Jekabson is a trumpet player, composer and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik has four CDs out under his own name: his most recent album Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club, Anti-Mass, released in 2012 on his own Jekab’s Music label, Crescent Boulevard (also on Jekab’s Music) and Intersection, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, November l, l955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way. His studies of Afro-Latin music have included several trips to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia.He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as an educator, composer, and record and event producer. He’s been a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer whose career has spanned over 35 years.