Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Anne Sajdera Trio
with Jan Fečo & Miroslav Hloucal

Pianist / composer Anne Sajdera’s newest project returns to the piano store, featuring two award-winning young instrumentalists / composers from Prague: alto sax player Jan Fečo and trumpeter Miroslav Hloucal. Joined by Dan Feiszli (bass) and Jason Lewis (drums), the project includes original compositions, driving arrangements of traditional Roma melodies, & music of modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland... modern jazz at its most refined.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

Miroslav Hloucal (b. 1983) is a composer-in-residence for the Czech Radio Big Band and the 2017 winner of the Bohemia JazzFest OSA Composition Competition. He began his musical career in Prague performing with the Roman Pokorny Quartet in 2007, and in that same year toured & recorded with American guitarist Hiram Bullock. A sought after sideman by luminaries of the Czech jazz scene, most recently Hloucal has performed and recorded with the Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band, Ondřej Pivec, Emil Viklicky, Karel Růžička and also with vocalist Ondřej Ruml's latest release, which features the legendary drummer Peter Erskine. Also, included in his lengthy discography is a CD featuring his own ensemble, Infinite Quartet entitled Speak Slowly (2009, Animal Music). A graduate of the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory, Hloucal became a professor in the jazz department at Prague's International Conservatory in 2011 and went on in 2012 to win first prize in the Jazz Prix 2012/Jazz an der Donau competition with his own quintet. miroslavhloucal.com "...introspective and thoughtful" –Tony Emerson, Prague Jazz

The youngest successor of the Fečo family of musicians, multi-instrumentalist Jan Fečo (b. 1990) established his own quartet in 2010, focusing on his primary inspirational elements of contemporary jazz & hard-bop. With additional influences spanning the musical spectrum from Latin American music to hip-hop, he also weaves in Romani (Gypsy) folk melodies to create a uniquely authentic jazz perspective. A graduate of the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory, Fečo won Best Soloist in 2011 at International Jazz Fest in Nový Hrad (Czech Republic), in 2012 his ensemble won first place in the Czech Jazz Contest (Prague) and in 2013 his ensemble was one of the four young artist ensembles from across Europe performing at the Getxo Jazz Festival (Spain). A first-call sideman as both an alto player and acoustic bassist, Fečo performs with the Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band, Kristina Barta & Miroslav Hloucal, among others. He also hosts the jam session at U Malého Glena in Prague. janfeco.com

Pianist/composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene—as leader of her own trio and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Terrence Brewer and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic's Poll, Latin Jazz Corner's Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she has composed for classical as well as jazz ensembles and leads an ensemble that occasionally swells to the size of small jazz orchestra, including strings and woodwinds. Her most recent collaborative project with Czech jazz artists Jan Fečo and Miroslav Hloucal is slated for recording in October 2017. annesajdera.com

Dan Feiszli is a bassist and recording engineer / producer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Experienced on both upright and electric basses, Dan is a versatile performer in styles of music ranging from jazz and latin to pop and rock. He has performed in concert with such notable artists as James Moody, Raul Midon, and Mickey Hart, toured nationally and internationally with artists including Julio Iglesias, Nicole Yarling and Raul DiBlasio, and played in the pit orchestras for musical theatre productions including Hamilton, The Lion King and Billy Elliot. In addition to his career as a performer, Dan is featured on hundreds of recordings as both a bassist and recording engineer, and has recorded and mixed albums reaching the highest positions on the US Top 40 Jazz Radio Charts. In between performances and recording sessions, Dan can be found working as a freelance recording engineer and producer at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and at his own studio in El Cerrito, California.

Jason Lewis graduated from the classical percussion program at San Jose State University, under the direction of Tony Cirone of the San Francisco Symphony, with a B.A. in music. Mr.Lewis has taught privately in the bay area, coached at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and has performed clinics at schools throughout the San Jose area.

He has played with a variety of talented musicians including; John Stowell, Gary Burton, Gil Goldstein, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Bob Sheppard, Steve Rodby, Paul McCandles, Norma Winstone, Larry Coryell, Darol Anger, Regina Carter, Johnny Frigo, James Carter, John Handy, Anton Schwartz , Terry Disley, Mark Levine, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul Nagel, and Kurt Elling. Mr.Lewis has also performed with the San Jose Symphony and the San Jose Civic Light Opera.

Besides performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with many groups, often with bassist John Shifflett , Mr. Lewis has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Michael Brook, Djivan Gasparyan, Ann Dyer and Taylor Eigsti. He can be heard on numerous recordings as well as TV (Spark on PBS), Video Game (Godfather 2) and Movie Soundtracks (Affliction, Albino Alligator, Ratatouille-"Our Friend the Rat").

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