February 22, 2014
The American improvised musical art form called jazz doesn’t exist without the roots of the African-American experience and, particularly, without gospel music. Many of the early jazz masters played in church, had the church experience or gospel music as they’re first musical experience(s). Award-winning guitarist Terrence Brewer will explore the crossroads where jazz and gospel music converge. Brewer will explore gospel compositions through the eyes of a modern jazz improviser and share his own stories of growing up playing in the church and how he was inspired by sacred music and the large role gospel music played in his development. Featuring Terrence Brewer on guitar, Tammy Hall on piano, Dan Lucca Parenti on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums.
In 2014, award-winning guitarist, composer, producer, bandleader and educator Terrence Brewer released two new albums, Mi Historia (My Story) The Calling: Volume 4 and Mosaic – Setting The Standard: Volume 2. Mi Historia and Mosaic are albums #7 and #8 for Brewer as a bandleader on his own record label, Strong Brew Music (founded in 2006). Brewer’s last four albums, Citizen Rhythm: Of, By, For The People (2012), Setting The Standard: Vol 1 (2011), Groovin Wes (2009) and QuintEssential (2008), combined to spend over 100 weeks on the National JazzWeek radio charts weekly top 50. Three of those albums made their way into the top 15 on the National JazzWeek radio charts (Groovin’ Wes #9, Setting The Standard: Vol 1 #12 and QuintEssential #15). Combined with being an in-demand record producer for himself and others, Brewer has lead his various groups in nearly 2500 performances in the last 8 years; performing to sold-out crowds at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the world famous Yoshi’s at Jack London Square, Yoshi’s San Francisco, SFJAZZ Jazz Festival and countless other venues. In addition to headlining his own shows, Brewer has shared the stage with vocalist and pianist Diana Krall, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Gerald Albright. Has worked with Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Darlene Love, Taylor Eigsti, Jay Lane, Dr. Anthony Brown, Pete Escovedo and has studied with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Duck Baker, Tom Patitucci and Mark Levine. When Brewer is not touring regionally and nationally, he finds time to instruct and facilitate master classes, clinics, workshops and lectures for the likes of Stanford Jazz Workshop, SFJAZZ, The Jazzschool, Blue Bear School of Music, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop and presenting at colleges, high schools and middles schools throughout California including Los Medanos College, Chabot College, Santa Rosa Jr College, San Francisco University High School, Edna Brewer Middle School, the Nueva School and many others.
Winner – SF Weekly Music Award – Best Jazz Artist
Winner – Oakland Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Year
Winner – Bay Area Blues Society “Best Jazz Group” Award