September 28, 2014
The Jazzschool Community Music School Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
Dubbed as “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Join Kenny and saxophonist Michael O’Neill and his Quintet as they recaptured their musical connection found on their collaboration albums, The Long and Short of It and Still Dancing. Featuring John R. Burr on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Alan Hall on drums, Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Michael O’Neill on saxophone and vocalists Kenny Washington.
If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Kenny is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny’s free, playful approach, with over a four-octave range is awe inspiring. His tone on ballads is liquid, his scat is so rapid-fire, passionate, melodious and inventive that subsequent saxophone solos often pale, and his intonation is so precise that it becomes noticeable if the piano wasn’t tuned that day. His range seems limitless. With a childhood background singing in gospel, Kenny is at home with the Blues as well as Jazz. This man is a must-see.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with Idris Muhammad, Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Giacomo Gates, Eddie Fisher, Rodney Jones, Kim Nalley, Jackie Ryan, Tony Lindsay, Margie Baker, Akira Tana, Faye Carol, Brenda Boykin, Nicolas Bearde, Jeff Chambers, Rob Schneiderman, Mark Levine, Frank Jackson, Frank Martin, Larry Dunlap, Bobbi Norris, Peter Horvath, Matt Clark, Smith Dobson, Don Haas, Dave Mathews, Michael Bluestein, Omar Clay, Scott Morris and many others.
September 27, 2014
Critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well. Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions.
September 26, 2014
A percussion feast featuring living legend and pioneer of Cuban drumming, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr., John Santos, David Flores, and Javier Navarrette.
September 21, 2014
Hailed by the LA Times as “the next important jazz singer,” Sara is steeped in the jazz tradition but not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation. The evening will include songs from her newest acclaimed CD, Blossom & Bee, an undeniable nod to the spirit of Blossom Dearie. saragazarek.com
“Gazarek balances fancy free notions, effervescence, carefree whims, fragile emotions, precocious pondering and humor in her work, making this a highly attractive outing as a whole.”
– Dan Bilawsky, All AboutJazz
September 20, 2014
Trumpeter and composer Ian Carey has been performing with his adventurous quintet for over ten years, and has released three acclaimed albums including last year’s Roads & Codes, which featured an expanded “+1″ format (and was included in Down Beat’s “Best of 2013″ issue). For this performance, the group will be premiering Carey’s “Interview Music: A Suite for Quintet+1,” made possible by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program, as well as music from the group’s albums, including original compositions and arrangements of music by Charles Ives and Neil Young. Featuring Carey on trumpet, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, Sheldon Brown on bass clarinet, Fred Randolph on bass, Adam Shulman on piano, and Jon Arkin on drums. iancareyjazz.com
September 19, 2014
Join these Bay Area jazz treasures for an afternoon of standards and originals. Featuring Dick Hindman on piano and Seward McCain on bass.
This concert has been made possible by a generous gift from Jacquelin and Sheafe Ewing.
September 14, 2014
Improvisation, or playing things that aren’t written on the page, is a key element in performing baroque music. Bay Area ensembles Les Violettes and Ensemble Vermillian team up for this concert of 17th and 18th century chamber music which highlights the spontaneous and performer-driven aspects of this gorgeous repertoire.Band Members and instruments. Featuring Corey Carleton, soprano; Frances Blaker, recorders; David Wilson, violin; Colin Shipman, viola da gamba; Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; Violet Grgich, harpsichord.
The members of Les Violettes met while pursuing graduate studies at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. Ensemble Vermillian, founded by recorder virtuoso Frances Blaker and her sister, cellist Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, has performed on both US coasts and has made numerous recordings of baroque chamber music.
Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Early Music Society
September 13, 2014
Composer, guitarist and vocalist Ian Faquini and flutist Rebecca Kleinmann release their first album together featuring all original music by Faquini. Ian utilizes a wide range of Brazilian rhythms and grooves while grasping strong melodic and harmonic influences from composers such as Bach, Ravel, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Tom Jobim and Guinga.
September 12, 2014
The sophistication and warm emotional power of Debbie Poryes’s music is hard to overstate. Her highly original compositions are influenced by jazz from bebop to post-bop to modern times, as well as by 20th-century classical music and free jazz. Her voicings, melodies and touch are exquisite. Her sense of time and swing are deeply felt, and yet she can also be light hearted. Featuring Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophones, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Peter Barshay on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums. debbieporyes.com
“Poryes is an inventive pianist, taking familiar standards and setting them slightly askew to re-examine them. Poryes’ originals are varied in their moods and effects, serene… powerful… admirable.” – Cadence Magazine