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Frank Martin & Steve Erquiaga

Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

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Frank Martin & Steve Erquiaga

The duo of pianist Frank Martin and guitarist Steve Erquiaga began in 1970’s, and first recorded together 1978 with alto saxophonist John Handy. The evenings musical menu will include the music of well known composers played in a fresh and interesting way, and will feature their original compositions, some funky, some etherial, some jazzy, some rhythmically complex, yet all palatable and full of unexpected surprises and fun.

$20 General Admission

Northern California native Frank Martin continues a diverse career as a performer, producer and educator, and has performed/recorded with:

Stevie Wonder, Sting, Randy Brecker, Angela Bofill, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Richard Bona, Shankar Mahadevan, Dori Caymmi, Larry Coryell, Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Narada Michael Walden, Herbie Hancock, Pandit Ronu Majumdar, Tuck & Patti, Patrice Rushen, Wah Wah Watson, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Lisa Fischer, Nguyen Le, Trilok Gurtu, John McLaughlin, Joe Farrell, Nishat Khan, Patti Austin, Steve Winwood, Santana, Abraham Laboriel, Chris Isaak, Anandan Sivamani, B.B. King, Larry Carlton, John Handy, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Botti, Jose Neto & the Netoband, Paul Simon, Patti Labelle, L. Subramaniam, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine, Dennis Chambers, Alex Acuna, Kala Ramnath, Steve Kindler, Turtle Island String Quartet, Zakir Hussain, Wayne Shorter, Peabo Bryson, Chico Pinheiro, Mel Torme, Dizzy Gellespie, James Taylor.

For the past 22 years he has been a member of Sting’s “Rainforest Band” performing annually at Carnegie Hall.

Musical Director: Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, Roy Ayers, comedian Bob Newhart.

Currently on staff as an educator in the Jazz Department of the University of California at Berkeley as well as at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Guitarist/composer and bay area native Steve Erquiaga has performed and recorded with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Les McCann, John Scofield, Andy Narell, David Byrne and The Turtle Island String Quartet. 

His CD Erkiology reached number 4 on the jazz charts. It features Peter Erskine, Jimmy Johnson, Mitch Forman and Bob Sheppard. His Imaginary Road CD Café Paradiso reached number 8 on the charts.

Steve’s music has appeared in such films as Nina Takes A Lover, The Firm, Forrest Gump. He worked with George Lucas on the TV series Young Indiana Jones. His composition “Euzkadi” appeared in the film Deceived and he appears on the sound track to Forest Gump

His involvement in studio work has included such fun stuff as the “Peanut” specials and the “Garfield the Cat” cartoons, as well as countless commercials and jingles.

He is a faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA,  an international clinician, and an internationally published author.

Earlier Event: February 17
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Later Event: February 24
Mary Ellen Callahan & Karen Rosenak