November 7, 2014
World premiere! avant-NOIR is a new project by bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, for her critically-acclaimed experimental jazz quartet, Bait & Switch. The music is inspired by noir genre fiction set in New York City (where Mezzacappa was born and raised) and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she has lived for the past 13 years). For this project, the quartet is joined by special guests percussionist William Winant and electronics wizard Tim Perkis. avant-NOIR is a musical companion to Paul Auster’s abstract “soft-boiled” crime stories from his New York Trilogy of the 1980s, set in conversation with the West Coast classic hard-boiled 1920s-era detective fiction of Dashiell Hammett. The music progresses like a detective’s case, using clues and imagery from the crime novels such as maps, letters, messages and relationships between characters and places, to create compositions with acoustic and electric sounds, field recordings and composed and improvised material. Featuring Aaron Bennett on tenor saxophone, John Finkbeiner on electric guitar, Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass and Jordan Glenn on drums. lisamezzacappa.com
Lisa Mezzacappa’s avant-NOIR is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts|San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.
Photo by Martin Phillips
November 2, 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”).
Vocalist Rhonda Benin has earned a reputation for more than just her voice — her showmanship, magnetic stage personality, humor, and great dancing have delighted audiences across the Bay Area and beyond. Rhonda’s impressive resume includes performances at SFJAZZ, Yoshi’s, MOAD, and the Healdsburg, Sonoma, Burlingame, Sausalito, Fillmore, and Calistoga Jazz Festivals. In the summer of 2012 Rhonda traveled to Hangzhou, China for a 3 month engagement at the JZ Jazz Club. In addition to singing, Rhonda is producer and founder of the Women’s History Month’s show “Just Like A Woman,” a tribute to Bay Area women in music and “Jazz Ain’t Nothing But The Blues.” Join Rhonda as she performs her new show, “Groovin, On A Sunday Afternoon,” a unique mix of jazz, blues and soul featuring John R. Burr on piano, Ron Belcher on bass Rob Rhodes on drums.
November 1, 2014
The Kristen Strom Quartet presents a program of original, classic and contemporary jazz. A 20-year playing history enables these master improvisers to paint from a rich palette of musical colors. Their intuitive interplay can veer from gentle group dialogue to excitingly kinetic improvisation. Featuring Kristen Strom on saxophone and vocals, Scott Sorkin on guitar and John Shifflett on bass. kristenstrom.com
October 31, 2014
The annual Halloween concert is back, led by pianist Susan Muscarella and featuring Robb Fisher on bass and Jeff Marrs on drummer. Come for tricks AND treats!
October 26, 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.
Berkeley jazz singer Audrey Martin knows all about the power of a song to provide hope and spiritual sustenance in dark times. A rapidly emerging talent, she reveals a lifetime of hard-won wisdom with her captivating debut Living Room. Possessing impeccable taste and a gloriously warm and clear voice, Martin has cultivated a highly personal repertoire encompassing American Songbook gems and singer/songwriter treasures from Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Abbey Lincoln. Featuring bassist John Shifflett, drummer Jason Lewis, saxophonist/flutist Mary Fettig and pianist/arranger Larry Dunlap, whose credits include Ernestine Anderson, Joe Williams, and Cleo Lane.
“Martin says a lot in subtle ways. Her delivery is gentle and emotive, measured and meaningful, and wholly connected to the spirit of each song.”— AllAboutJazz.com
October 25, 2014
Jeff Chambers presents Beyond Standard Jazz, a sextet performing music that soars outside of the traditional repertoire, covering composers ranging from Chick Corea, Yes and El Eco to today’s Grammy winning songwriter Gregory Porter.
Chambers works as bassist and Musical Director for the group which includes vocalist Mary Jenson, pianist Steve Carter, drummer Rob Rhodes, percussionist Marquinho Brasil and reeds player Melecio Magdaluyo. beyondstandardjazz.com
October 24, 2014
Join Laurie and her band as they present new material for their next project as well as some of the “hits” from their recently released “Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light” – The Music of Joni Mitchell. The band is Matt Clark on piano, John Shifflett on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and Dave MacNab on guitar. laurieantonioli.com
“…two attempts to make Joni Mitchell’s music anew have been hugely successful. The first is Herbie Hancock’s partly instrumental one, River: The Joni Letters and now the amazing recording by the ineffable Laurie Antonioli – Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light.” – Raul Da Gama
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