October 19, 2014
After more than a decade as a co-leader of the internationally acclaimed trio Minsarah, Jeff Denson is forging into new territory with his new trio, featuring Joshua White on piano. Connecting powerfully when they first met in 2005, Jeff and Joshua have been performing together in a variety of settings ever since, often in a duo setting focusing heavily upon hymns and spirituals. Their recent duo recording ˆ – featuring unique interpretations of this music – was released on pfMENTUM Records in April. Deciding to expand into a trio, Jeff added drummer Jon Arkin whose dynamic, polyrhythmic technique provides the ideal complement to complete the synergy needed to best convey Jeff’s musical vision. jeffdenson.com
*Please note concert time has changes from 4:30pm to 7pm
October 18, 2014
The Klaxon Mutant Allstars are a fellowship of San Francisco Bay Area jazz musicians whose music lives between the worlds of jazz, electronica, indie rock and hip-hop. This year they are celebrating the release of their debut album, Robot Invasion. Their music is the product of a new generation of eclectic-minded jazz musicians living in the Bay Area’s technology-obsessed, genre-twisting, multi-cultural mix. With inspiration drawn from 1980s hip hop, to underdog baseball heroes, to the writings of David Sedaris, California politics, to covering indie rock bands like Deerhoof, the Klaxons have created an album that, like the Bay Area, is multi-pronged in its influences, vital in its relevance, and boldly points to the future. Featuring Henry Hung on trumpet, keys and efx, Eric Garland on drums, Colin Hogan on keyboards, Kasey Knudsen on saxophone and efx, Sam Bevan on bass. klaxonmutantallstars.com
October 17, 2014
A giant of 20th century vocal jazz, Betty Carter’s career spanned five decades and influenced countless jazz musicians. From her early days with Lionel Hampton to her preeminence as a bebop improviser to her wildly original compositions, Betty Carter was a totally unique artist, legendary bandleader, and musical innovator. Vocalist Andrea Claburn will celebrate Betty’s legacy in a performance of Carter’s original compositions, as well as some of her iconic arrangements of standards. Andrea will be joined by a world-class trio featuring Matt Clark on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Alan Hall on drums, in what promises to be an electrifying evening of improvised music. andreaclaburn.com
“There’s really only one jazz singer – only one: Betty Carter.” – Carmen McRae
“Andrea comes to this concert with an arsenal of incredible arrangements and transcriptions from one of our great American jazz singers. Few have ventured into this territory, so I applaud her courage and skill set. It will, without question, be a very dynamic show.” – Laurie Antonioli, Chair, Vocal Program, California Jazz Conservatory
October 12, 2014
Musica Pacifica will present a program emphasizing the improvisatory aspects of Baroque chamber music. The program will consist of concertos and trios by Handel and Vivaldi, where High Baroque techniques of improvised melodic ornamentation will be highlighted. Demonstrations of typical 16th-century ground bass and variation patterns and how they were used to build more substantial compositions — by improvising on them and then by playing works of masters such as Merula, Uccelini, and Rossi who used these patterns in their own works — will also be reviewed. Throughout the program, there will be discussion on the art of basso continuo improvisation and how it developed during the Baroque period. Musica Pacifica will perform their own arrangements of English Country Dance, in which they take traditional folk tunes and improvise melodic lines and harmonies.
October 11, 2014
Formed 1991 in San Francisco, The Broun Fellinis play a soulful and aggressive style of post modern improvised/composed jazzical sound that is informed by dub, Afrobeat, abstract funk, hardcore/psych/prog rock and film soundtracks (the darker and more atmospheric the better). Featuring Kevin Carnes on drums and sampler (Beatnigs, UAF), David Boyce on tenor and soprano saxophone, efx, synth, and spoken word, and Kirk Peterson on electric bass.
The group has been profiled on NPR and BET in the US and on Radio Nova in France. They’ve traveled to Spain to perform at the San Sebastian International Jazz Festival and to British Columbia for the du Maurier festival. Other festival appearances include the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Stern Grove Festival in SF, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle and more. Broun Fellinis have toured with Ben Harper and performed with many greats such as The Last Poets, Meshell Ndegeocello, Living Colour, Erykah Badu, the Roots, Mos Def, Gil Scott-Heron, Zakir Hussain, Bernie Worrell, Eric McFadden, George Clinton, Mystic Journeymen, Jimmy Smith, Prince Lasha, Les Claypool, Buckethead, Aceyalone, Mikah 9, Antibalas, Blackalicious, General Public, Ravi Coltrane, Eric McFadden, 311 and more.
October 10, 2014
Celebrating the release of her highly anticipated book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan, Ellen Johnson performs in dedication to her musical mentors. Johnson will present selections from her soon-to-be-released album Form & Formless, along with free improvisations that are the centerpiece of the project. Featuring Jason Martineau on piano, Peter Barshay on bass, and Bryan Bowman on drums. A limited number of signed copies of the book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan will be available at the concert.
“While other singers are rehashing the great American songbook, Johnson is putting it through the meat grinder and creating a whole new menu.” – George Harris, All About Jazz
October 5, 2014
Take the stage and sing the blues with a killer band! Hosted by acclaimed vocalist Pamela Rose, this special Jazzschool vocal jam session is open to all singers. Please arrive by 6:30 to sign up to sing. No charts needed, but singers should be prepared to explain the form of their song in a few words (e.g. “12-bar blues in the key of F, shuffle”).
Pianist Art Lande and saxophonist Peter Sommer make for a powerful duo, presenting a set of original compositions, special arrangements of standards, and open improvisations in a language that is both unique and dynamic. Their album Sioux County has been rapturously received worldwide. Sommer’s strong sound, prodigious technique and lyrical sense combine with Lande’s unpredictable accents and color shifts to make a music somehow familiar and freshly original at the same time.
October 4, 2014
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys and Doug Lee on bass plus the Bay Area’s best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, with ample room for improvisation. While maintaining an aesthetic that stems from jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. The exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces. Join RDL+ as they celebrate the release of Mas P’alla Va, which literally means “to the other side we go.” For Dineen and Lee it translates to living here, now, playing with open minds and hearts, and sharing music in a fully intentional yet free way. ruthiedineen.com dougleemusic.com
October 3, 2014
A trio with numerous credits in the worlds of jazz, fusion and classical, Electreo presents a contemporary interpretation of a myriad of jazz styles. Electreo’s sound is richer and more robust than one might expect from a trio. A unique combination of electric bassoon with bass and drums, the instrumentation lends itself to music that is both open and full, harmonically developed, and rhythmically engaging. Featuring Jeff Denson on bass, Paul Hanson on bassoon,and Alan Hall on drums.