Now celebrating his 12th anniversary, this special concert is a “must see” show for all fans of contemporary Jazz and Blues. With holiday classics and carols getting the signature Nicolas Bearde high-energy makeover, it’s a show you won’t want to miss. Joining him on stage are some of the Bay Area’s best: John R Burr (piano), Gary Brown (bass), and Lorca Hart (drums).
Give the gift of music this Holiday season to family and friends. Make your reservations early. This “one night only concert” always sells out.
Larry Vuckovich celebrates his 82st birthday with his annual concert. Jeff Chambers, one of the most versatile and acclaimed bassists on the international scene, joins Larry Vuckovich in an duo format. Larry will open with some solo piano selections, after which he will bring Jeff to the stage. As always, there will be delicious treats and refreshments to express thanks to our jazz listeners.
Vocalist Kenny Washington, a native of New Orleans, returns to his roots to do a program of New Orleans tunes accompanied by the Erik Jekabson New Orleans Quintet featuring clarinetist Rob Barics.
Don’t miss this special evening of solo jazz piano with the legendary Denny Zeitlin, as he reimagines compositions from the Gershwin songbook.
"By any measure, Zeitlin's creative output over the past 50 years places him at jazz's creative zenith." --Andrew Gilbert, JazzTimes
TAJ was created in 2016 by Tim Wendel, Art Lande, and Josh Reed to play new, challenging, original music. Exploring beauty, complexity, and the possibilities inherent in the guitar, piano, and trumpet, this band offers each musician the opportunity to play any and all musical roles. Adding to the trio are Peter Barshay on bass and Alan Hall on drums. The ability of this unconventional group to explore, create, and present original compositions and well known music in original and interesting ways is key to TAJ and the TAJ Quintet.
Brooklyn-based pianist Erik Deutsch brings an all-star band to the piano store to celebrate the release of his 6th album Falling Flowers, a funky, energetic romp through the worlds of jazz, soul, blues, dub, and pop music. His playing and compositions are unmistakably personal and unique. For this special concert, Erik will be joined by Bay Area musicians (and friends) Scott Amendola (drums), Miles Wick (bass), Raffi Garabedian (sax), and NYC vocalist Victoria Reed.
S.E. Willis and his band, Ruth Davies on bass and Bobby Cochran on drums and vocals, invite you to their own holiday party, joined by local favorite and great musician Nancy Wright on saxophone and vocals.
The music (mostly originals by Willis) draws on a wide base of American musical forms, including Country, Zydeco, Soul, R&B, and of course Blues, with covers from such artists as Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, Fats Domino, Merle Haggard, Clifton Chenier, Robert Johnson, and Ray Charles. This is a band that delivers a solidly entertaining show of music, executed with superb musicianship, while never losing sight of the goal of providing a danceable good time!
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An evening of "Straight Ahead" Be-Bop, featuring the compositions of John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Miles Davis, John Lewis, as well as Standards by Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.
Dick Whittington - piano
Andrew Speight - saxophone
John Wiitala - bass
Vince Lateano - drums
World-renowned composer/recording artist Jim Chappell offers an intimate solo piano performance. He will be playing original music fan favorites from his twenty albums to date, as well as sharing the intriguing stories behind his songs.
"Acoustic piano soloist Jim Chappell weaves an intricate musical tapestry creating a wide range of moods, colors, and themes. Powerfully visual music." –The Boston Globe.
Created from of a chance meeting at a jazz club in Prague 2014 and with their new release due out in November of 2018, Anne Sajdera's newest project features two award-winning young composer/instrumentalists from Prague: Miroslav Hloucal (trumpet) & Jan Fečo (alto sax), a special guest appearance by the renowned sax player Bob Mintzer, as well as some of the finest musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. The ensemble performs original compositions, driving arrangements of traditional Roma melodies, as well as music of modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland - at times lyrical, at times angular, yet always rooted in the rhythm, this ensemble reveals a skillful and inspiring sound that reaches musically across two continents and several cultures.
Dan and Kai have been playing as a piano/guitar duo for the past year and have crafted a wonderful musical connection together. With a deeply shared vocabulary and style it often sounds as if they were made to play with each other. It is impressive to hear them together as a unit playing both simple and complex harmonies and rhythms. The joy and richness of Dan and Kai's musicality creates an amazing atmosphere to witness. You will be delighted by the interpretations of standards, original music, and pop selections.
Jazz pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton presents a night of swinging jazz standards. She will be joined by her father Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn. They will play music from her newly released 10th record The Stylings of Champian, a fabulous two disc set featuring 85+ minutes of non-stop swinging Jazz.
Locally adored and Internationally acclaimed jazz and blues singer Kim Nalley is joined by her band, including Tammy Hall (piano), Marcus Shelby (bass), and Kent Bryson (drums). Nalley will lend her three-and-a-half octave range to a memorable set of jazz and blues standards. She was a "Rising Star" nominee in the 2017 DownBeat Critics Poll and her latest CD Blues People received rave reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle and on NPR.
Berkeley born pianist William Beatty will be playing selections from his recent trio recording The Path of Green Stones, as well as some brand new compositions and some jazz standards, all sure to delight the listener! He will be joined by stellar musicians bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Deszon Claiborne, both of whom are featured on the CD, recorded at Fantasy Records in Berkeley.
& Her Unmistakable Band
Vocalist/composer Molly Holm, with her all-star jazz quartet, explores the multicultural crossroads of improvised music through original compositions, straight-ahead and modal jazz tunes and traditional folk songs. Molly's music, often intertwined with the elements of North Indian raga, experimental vocals, or playful free-form improvisation, also reveals the rhythmic and note-bending influences inherited from the music of the African diaspora.
Lynne Arriale will celebrate the release of her highly acclaimed, 14th CD as a leader, Give Us These Days with a concert of solo jazz piano, including Arriale’s compelling originals and her interpretations of beloved classics from The Great American Songbook, Monk, The Beatles, Blondie, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel and Abdullah Ibrahim. Her performances are imbued with lyricism, passion and her ability to tell a musical story and reach her audience.
The nucleus of the band, Macy Blackman, Nancy Wright, and Bing Nathan, will be joined on this occasion by two of the Bay Areas finest musicians, drummer Jay Hansen and clarinetist Danny Bittker. Danny brings all sorts of fun percussion instruments, which sets the tone for the show "Nothing but Fun." They will play material that’s percussion-heavy at times, all of the most fun stuff from their four CDs.
Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Larry Fuller returns to Piedmont Piano Company with the Larry Fuller Trio, featuring George DeLancey (bass) and Jason Tiemann (drums). Fuller presents a musical program rarely experienced live today, consistently praised for his emotive, swinging style, monster technique, and program versatility. From bop, to stride, to swing, to blues – Fuller’s performance is one you will not want to miss! Your ticket includes complimentary wine and sweets!
Vocalist, alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger David Erdreich bring together an array of vocalists, instrumentalists, and poets for an evening of creativity for the 6th Annual Jazz / Poetry Melange, where poetry meets jazz.
Swings With The Best!
The Rebecca Kilgore Trio features 2018 Grammy nominee, Randy Porter, on piano, plus popular bassist, Tom Wakeling. Rebecca sings Great American Songbook standards along with a few 21st century gems. Her repertoire is vast and she’s been a longtime student of the popular swing/jazz canon, having recorded tribute CDs to Fats Waller, Maxine Sullivan, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Loesser, and Jerome Kern.
PORTALS featuring The Photon Symphony
Boston-based acoustic double-neck guitarist and composer Ian Ethan Case is quickly becoming recognized as "one of the most creative and engaging fingerstyle guitarists in the world" (International Center for Creativity.) Brand new for Fall 2018, his latest live project PORTALS expands on that creativity in the form of his "Photon Symphony"; an intricate system of synchronized projections which enable a large cast of musicians to virtually join him on stage in a unique blend of virtual reality and live performance.
The Chase Jackson Quartet focuses on original compositions that weave contemporary styles with modern jazz, striking a delicate balance between group improvisation and tightly executed moments. Joined by The Amaranth String Quartet, this unique performance combines jazz and classical through intricately composed pieces that encompass a rich harmonic world with rhythmically varied textures. This double quartet collaboration is featured on Chase Jackson's debut album Lay Of The Land.
Songstress Darlene Coleman makes her Piedmont Piano debut with a concert showcasing her diverse musical taste and styles, featuring unique renditions of both familiar and some not so familiar classics. Accompanying will be Norman Landsberg on piano, Jeff Massanari on guitar, Atemu Aton on bass, and Deszon Claiborne on drums.
CD Release Party
Spend your Friday night in the company of fantastic young musical talent! Party with the up-and-coming folk-fusion string ensemble Where To Now as they release their eponymous debut EP. Playing their quintessentially Bay Area style of string fusion music (oft described as “neo-Celtic with a jazz twist”), Raphaella Hero, Tuki Walker, Aerie Walker, and Allie Marten will perform a selection of celtic standards and original tunes, followed by light refreshments and a CD signing. Don’t miss it!
Mads Tolling & Eric Golub
with the Larry Vuckovich Powerhouse Trio
Larry Vuckovich presents a premier jazz violin summit with Mads Tolling, two-time Grammy winner, and Eric Golub, veteran jazz violinist who played with the great Bobby Hutcherson on Larry landmark recording, Blue Balkan. These two violinists will bring their mutual experiences together to offer fresh stimulating improvisation of wide ranging jazz ideas. Propelled by Larry's Powerhouse Trio of Jeff Chambers on bass and Jason Lewis on drums, the music will produce some fireworks. Don't miss it!
Love and Loss
The penultimate concert features special guest mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich with artistic director Jeffrey LaDeur at the piano in a program of Beethoven, Schumann, and Chopin. After intermission, LaDeur shares two imposing masterworks by Chopin: the Sonata in B-flat Minor op.35 (known for its funeral march) and the great F Minor Fantasy op.49.
Performing original compositions of Amilton Godoy and Léa Freire, this trio combines the best of Jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and chamber music. Léa will also take advantage of the great instruments available at Piedmont Piano Company to play some 2-piano arrangements with Amilton!
The Festival makes it Piedmont Piano Company debut with Paul Sanchez as composer and pianist, whose works were well received at last year's inaugural festival. Joined by the soprano Kayleen Sanchez, he will present his setting of six poems by Sappho, paired with Graham Lynch's setting of Sappho, followed by a world premiere of a work by David Gordon for one pianist playing a concert grand and upright in special tuning. Daria Rabotkina then performs works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff in anticipation of her solo recital the following evening in SF. Don't miss the only chance to hear Daria in the East Bay this season!
Former Bay Area pianist and now New York stalwart, Peter Zak joins forces with fellow New Yorkers, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, and drummer Sylvia Cuenca (also a Bay Area transplant). They will be performing compositions and arrangements from Peter’s new album, “One Mind,” as well as material from his many acclaimed previous releases.Former Bay Area pianist and now New York stalwart, Peter Zak joins forces with fellow New Yorkers, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, and drummer Sylvia Cuenca (also a Bay Area transplant). They will be performing compositions and arrangements from Peter’s new album, “One Mind,” as well as material from his many acclaimed previous releases.
The Jemal Ramirez Group is a high powered music ensemble that focuses on making music in the moment. The repretoire is original music laced with outstanding jazz covers. Downbeat magazine gave the Jemal Ramirez Group 4 stars in the June 2018 issue, reviewing their most recent release.
"It takes two to jazz up tango!"
Classical trained Argentinean pianist and composer Emilio Solla blends the tango and folk of his homeland with the freedom of jazz and the architecture of European chamber music. He returns for a performance with bandoneonist Seth Asarnow, a key player in the SF tango scene, to present originals and versions of a few traditional Argentine tangos, for an evening that you certainly do not want to miss!
Juilliard graduate and Oakland native Rachel Breen and Hungary's Junior Prima Award-winner Ádám Balogh present a joint piano recital and talk. They will perform music by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Ravel. Light refreshments will follow the performance.
Multi-award-winning Venezuelan pianist and composer Edward Simon plays an evening of music by Federico Mompou, Simón Díaz, and selections from his NAACP Image Ward-winning album Latin American Songbook. Considered one of the strongest pianists on the jazz scene, he is part of a new generation of "multilingual" musicians who have studied classical, jazz, and Latin-American music and garnered a unique voice both as composer and instrumentalist.
Piano and soprano duo Nate Ben-Horin and Mary Ellen Callahan are pleased to welcome their dear friend and very talented guest artist, tenor Jonathan Smucker, in a program of opera arias and duets from the finest, most moving, and dramatic operas in the repertoire! They will perform music by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Massenet, Puccini, J. Strauss, and other exciting surprises!
Acclaimed Bay Area pianist Robert Schwartz performs at Piedmont Piano Company for the first time. Known for creating programs of great variety and color, he will begin with the elegant and always surprising Sonata No. 49 in Eb Major by Joseph Haydn. The program moves from the 18th c. royal court to belle Époque France with four atmospheric Préludes of Debussy and the first half finishes with the driving and powerful Prokofiev Toccata Op. 11. The entire second half will consist of Franz Liszt's B Minor Sonata. This most epic and Wagnerian of Liszt's piano works portrays terrifying struggle alternating with passionate lyricism and, in the end, resolution and peace.
Drummer Akira Tana invites musicians from Osaka, Hammond B3 organist Atsuko Hashimoto, guitarist Yutaka Hashimoto, and tenor saxophonist Hideki Kawamura, to share the stage for an evening of swinging, unadulterated jazz organ music, in the spirit of jazz organ master Jimmy Smith. The group will celebrate the CD release of their October 2016 live performance in Kobe under the leadership of Mr. Kawamura. They will be joined by jazz vocalist virtuoso Kenny Washington.
Manny Moka & The Band On Fire returns to Piedmont Piano Company with another all-star ensemble including Steffen Kuehn, Erik Jekabson, Charlie Keagle, and Wayne Wallace in the horn section, and David Frazier, Colin Douglas, & Dave Rokeach handling drums & percussion. Joel Landsberg is taking a moment from his busy touring schedule to come out here and play bass. As if that weren't enough, Nicolas Bearde will sing a few tunes and pianist Socorro de Castro (the Moka Loca) will play a few of her originals with the band as well. All in all, it sure sounds like music will happen.
Before the modern jazz piano/bass/drums trios of artists like Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, and Hank Jones, the original jazz piano trio consisted of piano, guitar, and bass. Pianist Larry Vuckovich is excited to showcase this swinging jazz trio concept, playing the music of Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Vince Guaraldi, & Jim Hall. He will be joined by Bay Area veteran Jeff Chambers on bass, and the young, new discovery on the guitar, Kai Lyons. Don’t miss this special concert!
You are invited to enjoy an evening of classical and flamenco guitar with the extraordinary young guitarist Roberto Granados. Joined by 13 year old percussionist Ernesto Granados, and a special guest flamenco singer. Roberto will be playing a variety of classical works, as well as flamenco music from his recently released album Soñador. Roberto describes his compositions as musical portraits meant to evoke certain memories, emotions, places, or people.
Join pioneering vocalist KID BEYOND and his band, for a night of Future Blues — heavy, fiery, spooky blues/indie rock propelled by future-bass electronics. This soulful, shamanic journey will include brand-new original music; reimagined songs by Nine Inch Nails, James Blake, Candi Staton, and Sam Smith; some choice cuts of Kid B's vocal/beatbox live-looping; and an opening set of acoustic soul by Grammy-nominated singer Tossie Long.
Jazz Vocalist Nicolas Bearde will be showcasing students from the 2018 Jazz Camp Vocal Intensive program, and performing songs from his vast repertoire of Originals and Jazz Standards.
Elio Villafranca’s Trio “On Any Given Night In Havana": This project celebrates Cuba’s vibrant musical era of the 1950s and the legendary descargas lead by the group Los Amigos and the entire musical revolution generated by this ensemble. Elio’s ensemble pays tribute to Cuba’s most celebrated congero and member of Los Amigos Tata Güines, while bringing to life the musical genres of Son, Danzon, Cha-cha-cha, Boleros, and Guarachas, played at the famous Club Tropicana and harkening back to a Golden era of music, that made these nights an unforgettable experience in Havana.
Chilean triple-threat Camila Meza sings, plays guitar, and composes with an assured maturity that belies her brief tenure on the New York City jazz scene. Dark vocal undertones subvert an otherwise fluttering sweetness, while she performs her words as much as she sings them. On guitar, her improvised lines curl into the rhythm and surface with glimpses of virtuosity. With her quartet, Meza recently released her breakthrough record, Traces, which is picking up critical accolades. She will be joined by Nitai Hershkovitz (piano), Or Bareket (bass), and Allison Miller (drums).
In their latest endeavor PARLOUR GAME, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller dig into the rootsier elements of jazz along with the formidable pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr. The repertoire explores swing, gogo, backbeats and ballads. Scheinman and Miller are both artists with eclectic backgrounds, having collaborated with such diverse musicians as Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Lucinda Williams, Natalie Merchant, and Rene Rosnes. In PARLOUR GAME they explore the classic format of the piano quartet and strive for excellence in simplicity - the perfect groove and a melody that sticks.
Back by popular demand, internationally renowned jazz flutist, Ali Ryerson, is excited to return to Piedmont Piano Company with her longtime colleagues, Steve Rudolph on piano, John Wiitala on bass, and Akira Tana on drums. After the quartet's SRO appearance at the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival, the Ali Ryerson Quartet kicks off their 2018 West Coast tour in Oakland.
A powerhouse double-bill, Michael Manring is widely-revered as one of the most innovative and original bassists in the world. He has been awarded two gold records, numerous readers' poll awards, and Bass Player magazine's "Bassist of the Year." "An amazing duo with an intimate yet powerful approach" (Critical Jazz), Glass House combines Dave Worm's vocals and vocal percussion with Mark Vickness' modern fingerstyle acoustic guitars to create an intoxicating brew of world, soul, folk, blues, and jazz.
Dan Pugach is a Brooklyn-based, two-time ASCAP Jazz Composer Award-winning drummer/composer/arranger. His Nonet debut, Plus One, recalls the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Big Band, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – expressed in a far smaller ensemble, what Dan calls “a mini big band.” Deft compositions, brilliant arrangements, exceptional musicians, and Dan's silken rhythmic touch make Plus One a special outing.
Don't miss this special concert where Los Angeles and San Francsico unite to create a powerhouse of Brazilian choro and early Brazilian samba. Katia Moraes, Ted Falcon, Eduardo Souza, and Ami Molinelli bring the upbeat sounds of samba and choro directly from Brazil.
New Orleans native and Oakland's own "Queen of New Orleans music," Michelle Jacques, along with distinguished vocalists, Rhonda Crane, Jay Lamont, Tammi Brown, and Bryan Dyer, perform music that is vibrant and alive – from Creole, jazz, funk, gospel, R&B and Zydeco, to the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians. Juke Joint will take you on a raucous ride through this spicy, sweet, and intoxicating stewpot of musical "gumbo," from Saturday night at the juke joint to worship on Sunday morning, Big Easy style!
Join us for a rare West Coast appearance of vocalist Kate McGarry and pianist Art Lande for a special Mother's Day concert. Kate and Art have a special bond that leads to a musical exploration full of warmth and beauty - with surprises along the way. Bring your mother - she will love it!
Passionate, sensual, and elegant contemporary Argentine Tango music will be presented by world-renowned virtuoso pianist/composer Pablo Estigarribia from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This performance will be his U.S. premiere for Tangos for Piano, his prestigious Carlos Gardel award-winning album.
World-renown Hungarian virtuoso pianist Klára Würtz will play an evening of Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. Hailed by critic Robert Cummings as one of “the more important pianists to have emerged from the latter decades of the 20th Century,” Klára’s performances are marked by her “light but strong touch, supple but sensitive technique and rare ability to balance the graceful and the soulful,” (James Leonard for All Music).
American Blues meets Retro Indian Pop! Aki Goes To Bollywood is a highly entertaining act fronted by dynamic, charismatic and hard-hitting blues singer/harmonica player Aki Kumar and featuring some of the most talented blues musicians from the West Coast. This outfit delivers true, cross-cultural music and is the only one of it's kind in the whole world.
Prepare to be taken on a breathtaking, emotional journey through the life of award-winning jazz singer Shana Dinha, with "Sounds of Spring." Presenting a heartfelt musical journey through her life, she will be accompanied by a stellar ensemble of renowned musicians: guitarist Terrence Brewer, pianist Colin Hogan, bassist Aaron Germain, and drummer Rob Rhodes. You'll hear stunning, heartfelt performances of her favorite songs, including ones from her EP The Seasons We Carry.
Four Bay Area pianists – Richard Goodman, Wes Lisker, David Olachea, and Martin Morley – showcase the glory of piano literature from the 18th to the 20th centuries, featuring works by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Schubert, Liszt, and Gershwin.
Soprano Ann Moss, pianist Steven Bailey, and violist Justin Ouellet present a concert to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and event which shook Moss' hometown to its core. They will celebrate her two home towns with music from the Bay State and the Bay Area, featuring the West Coast premiere of HARD STONES by Griffin Candey, on poems by Boston-based poet Lisa DeSiro.
Come celebrate the season of spring, as we see the days get longer, and the new flowers bloom. The night will start with a solo piano set from pianist Tammy Hall, later joined by vocalist Denise Perrier, bassist Ruth Davies, and drummer Jack Dorsey. They will serenade you with sultry ballads, Bossa Nova, the blues, and unlimited Swing!
Bond like you’ve never heard it before! The Secret Agent Band plays the music of Bond (James Bond), shaken and stirred. Led by drummer Akira Tana, his team includes Nashville-based vocalist Annie Sellick with James Mahone on sax, Jeff Massanari on guitar, and Midori Ono, organ. Says Tana, “The music from the James Bond films are a perfect vehicle for jazz interpretation. The tunes are globally recognized and are very accessible to listeners not familiar with the jazz idiom.”
New York based pianist and Grammy-nominated artist Eldar Djangirov recently released a new album, World Tour Vol. 1. This compilation of takes from his recent touring covers a wide range of performances from across the globe with trio and solo tracks sure to impress. Clips from Philadelphia, Windham, Tokyo, Montreal, Atlanta, Washington DC, Tongyeong, San Diego, and Oakland are captured in front of live audiences. The unparalleled virtuosity of Eldar’s playing and thrilling compositions make this a masterpiece not to miss.
New York Standards Quartet is on tour on the West Coast promoting its 6th CD, Sleight of Hand. The band is celebrating 13 years of touring and recording together, and is delighted to be appearing at Piedmont Piano Company for the first time. NYSQ are Tim Armacost (sax), David Berkman (piano), Ugonna Okegwo(bass), and Gene Jackson (drums).
Baritone Tom Yang will be singing Schubert's song cycle Winterreise accompanied by Miles Graber on the piano. This performance will incorporate some dance elements, and will be dedicated to his father, who passed away last October just two months shy of his 104th birthday.
A performance of "Straight Ahead" Be-Bop, featuring the compositions of John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Miles Davis, John Lewis, as well as Standards by Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and others. Pianist Dick Whittington will be joined by John Wiitala (bass), Vince Lateano (drums), and special guest Andrew Speight (saxophone).
Mitch Woods celebrates his release of Friends Along The Way. Garnering world wide acclaim, it features duets with many of the greats in the blues world, including Van Morrison, Taj Mahal, Marcia Ball, and many more. It has been nominated for 2 Blues Music Awards (Piano Player of the Year, and Best Acoustic Album). Come and celebrate this momentous time and enjoy what Mitch is known for worldwide: boogie woogie, blues, jazz, and entertaining piano and vocals.
Vocal quintet EQV come together for their second appearance, offering a program of diverse and vibrant music that spans eras and genres. Joined by special guest Joel Chapman, these colleagues hail from some of California’s finest vocal ensembles (Volti, LA Master Chorale, SF Symphony Chorus, Cappella SF, and more). EQV are Yuhi Aizawa Combatti, Colby Smith, Sharmila G. Lash, Tim Silva, and Peter Dennis.
JAZZ SEARCH WEST is the Bay Area’s Annual Jazz Talent Search for instrumentalists and vocalists (15 and up). Five exciting weekly events, open to the public, are held during March and April and culminate in a Semi-Final and Grand Finale.
Marian McPartland, pianist, composer, author,educator, and radio host, was one of the most beloved figures in jazz. At a time when female instrumentalists were marginalized, she achieved wide recognition and always championed her fellow jazzwomen. An all-star group of Bay Area women will celebrate her 100th birthday by performing Marian's gorgeous but rarely heard original compositions, as well as other music associated with her. Featured guest artist, saxophonist/flutist Mary Fettig, recorded and performed extensively with Marian.
This sixth annual free chamber music event will include movements from the Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio, Henk Badings' Trio for Two Oboes and English Horn, a Vivaldi Violin Concerto, Ravel's ethereal "Introduction and Allegro" for Winds, Strings and Harp and more surprises! We are pleased to announce that pianist Roy Bogas will be taking part in this performance.
Péter Tóth is regarded as one of the most significant Liszt interpreters of his generation. His first CD recording, an all-Liszt program, was released in 2005. In 2006 his recording Liszt Late Piano Works won the Grand Prix International Liszt du Disque award of the Budapest Liszt Society. In a couple of weeks Peter will embark on a European concert tour, where he is going to perform the Chopin and Liszt pieces you will hear this afternoon.
An evening of Brazilian guitarist and composer Ricardo Peixoto’s original music, including material from his soon to be released CD. The music is grounded both in the jazz and Brazilian music traditions, but always ventures well beyond their borders, combining rich melodies, sophisticated harmonies, and the traditional rhythms of Brazil. Ricardo will be joined by Bob Afifi on flute, Ken Cook on piano, Cliff Hugo on bass, and Kendrick Freeman on drums.
JAZZ SEARCH WEST is the Bay Area’s Annual Jazz Talent Search for instrumentalists and vocalists (15 and up). Five exciting weekly events, open to the public, are held during March and April and culminate in a Semi-Final and Grand Finale.
Jazz vocalist Ed Reed celebrates his 89th birthday with a collection of tunes made popular by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Turner, Frank Sinatra and many others. Ed has always cherished songs of love and romance, and will feature the tunes he has loved from his earliest memories but never sang in performance. He will be joined by his trio, both swinging and sublime, featuring pianist Adam Shulman, bassist John Wiitala, and drummer Lorca Hart.
Contemporary pianist, composer, and Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood joins hands and voice with Rhiannon for an unforgettable evening of songs you know and songs invented just for this night. Jazz times calls Hobgood “One of the finest pianists out there. Period.” And NYC Jazz Record says “Sometimes words just simply fall short — If you have never heard Rhiannon you have not fully lived.”
4 & More is an exciting new jazz quartet made up of bicoastal drumming legend Mike Clark, as well as the Bay Area’s most respected players with years on the New York scene, Peter Barshay on bass, Mike Zilber on sax, and Keith Saunders on piano. The group is dedicated to a fresh take on the powerful New York-based swing exemplified by the mid-60s Miles Davis group and the Coltrane quartet, mixed with the beauty and contemplative music more commonly found on the West Coast.
For over ten years, Grupo Falso Baiano has delighted audiences with their energetic blend of instrumental Brazilian choro, samba, and jazz. This project, featuring Brazilian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Francisco Marques, explores samba de raiz – the authentic roots samba of Rio de Janeiro. Grupo Falso Baiano and Francisco Marques are one of the few groups bringing this swinging, celebratory sound to the U.S.
Jazz pianist Amina Figarova will perform a combination of free improvisation, jazz standards, and original compositions from her albums Night Train, Blue Whisper, September Suite, and Come Escape With Me.
World renowned pianist and composer Alejandro Ziegler from Buenos Aires, Argentina will present his compelling, sensual and romantic Tango music with an exciting newly formed international Quartet, featuring Charles Gorczynski (bandoneon), Ishtar Hernandez (violin), and Daniel Fabricant (bass). Do not miss his last concert in the Bay Area this week, dedicated to St. Valentine’s!
Dynamic is a Danish jazz band with four singers plus guitar, bass and drums singing close-harmony arrangements of classic and progressive jazz tunes. Their current repertoire focuses on vocal arrangements of instrumental tunes by some of the Giants of Jazz, including Miles, Monk, Dizzy, and more, as well as original songs with a sprinkling of funk and soul.
Vocalist/guitarist Adam Blankman returns to Piedmont Piano with a fresh approach to the iconic songs of Peter Gabriel. Music will range from Gabriel’s early years with progressive rock band Genesis through his multi-decade solo career. The band will feature Walter Bankovitch (piano), Stacy Starkweather (bass), Dave Rokeach (drums), Michael Gill (synthesizer), and other special guest instrumentalists and vocalists.
Guitar virtuosos Howard Alden joins violinist Kit Eakle in a program of music by Thelonious Sphere Monk and Django Reinhardt and more. Kit Eakle’s DjangoSphere project illuminates the connections between Monk and Django’s music. The program will include standards by Duke Ellington and others who influenced both composers, as well as originals inspired by them. Rory Judge, nephew of the legendary drummer Jake Hanna, will keep the group swingin' on drums along with veteran Bay Area bassist, Don Bennett.
We are pleased to welcome Luca Fazioli, Fazioli piano Brand and Factory Project Manager, and son of founder Paolo Fazioli. Join us for a glass of wine and see a presentation on the latest from the Fazioli company in Sacile, Italy, followed by a solo performance by Austin Phillips, featuring works of Bach and Chopin.
Vocalist Rhonda Benin breezes in with her unique combination of jazz, blues, and soul with a show featuring the tunes of Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, along with Rhonda's original tunes. "Rhonda Benin is a tremendously assured singer who inhabits the celebratory zone where jazz, soul and blues fraternize freely." Joining Rhonda will be Tammy Hall (piano), Ron Belcher (bass), Rob Rhodes (drums), Geechi Taylor (Trumpet).
The organ trio Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing includes blues/jazz guitarist Little Charlie Baty (former leader of Little Charlie and the Nightcats), organist/ keyboardist Lorenzo Farrell, and drummer Jason Hansen. Skronky Tonk, their latest release on the Eller Soul label, earned a 4 star review from Downbeat Magazine. It showcases their bluesy approach to jazz and also demonstrates their willingness to expand the scope of an organ trio to Brazilian choro music and gypsy jazz. Come enjoy an evening of bluesy jazz.
Free Dive has been performing and recording original compositions and arrangements together since 2003. The groove-based quintet features Jeff Cressman (trombone), Bryan Dyer (vocals), Cecilia Engelhart (vocals, percussion), Steve Hogan (bass, beatboxing), and Keith Terry (drums, body music). The absence of a chordal instrument gives Free Dive their fresh sound -- open, transparent, cinematic, evocative.