April 19, 2014
An evening of original music and arrangements presented by guitarist Tom Patitucci with Sam Bevan on bass and Bryan Bowman on drums.
Tom Patitucci got his first guitar at the age of 10, and began playing folk and blues music. One day, his grandfather brought over a cardboard box full of jazz records that he found next to a neighbor’s garbage pail. Tom and his brother (Grammy award winning bassist and composer John Patitucci) listened to these recordings, absorbing the sounds of Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and other jazz greats. By the time he was 14, Tom was playing in local bands and had already begun composing both songs and instrumental music. He received a degree in classical guitar performance from Cal State Hayward in 1978. Tom has taught many private students over the years, his brother being the first and most famous. He has been a clinician and performer at the annual Panama Jazz Festival since 2010. Tom has recorded and/or played live with John Patitucci, Michael Brecker, Paul Motian, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright and many others. In June of 2013, he released a jazz trio recording, “Unity Gained” which features John Patitucci and Rudy Royston.
April 18, 2014
Erik Jekabson and his quartet re-join John Santos to celebrate the release of their new CD Live at the Hillside Club. The band plays Erik’s original music and arrangements, which include music influenced by Latin jazz, funk, New Orleans music, and classical music. The JCMS Advanced High School Jazz Workshop II, which Erik coaches, will play an opening set and join the band at the end of the night. erikjekabson.com
Erik Jekabson is a trumpet player, composer and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik has four CDs out under his own name: his most recent album Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club, Anti-Mass, released in 2012 on his own Jekab’s Music label, Crescent Boulevard (also on Jekab’s Music) and Intersection, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, November l, l955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way. His studies of Afro-Latin music have included several trips to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia.He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as an educator, composer, and record and event producer. He’s been a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer whose career has spanned over 35 years.
April 13, 2014
One of the SF Bay Area’s premier jazz vocalists, Frankye Kelly is known for her classical interpretation of jazz standards and her lilting and haunting expression of down home blues. Featuring Kelly Park on piano, Michael O’Neill on woodwinds, Fritz Burden on bass and Ranzell Merritt on drums.
A Benefit for the Angelo J. Montesano Scholarship Fund
April 12, 2014
Jazzi Jan has a powerful vocal style capable of handling smooth and sultry ballads to belting blues and gospel moans. Her repertoire includes music from the late great divas, such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerld and Nina Simone. Expect a fun-filled stage show with an all-female ensemble. Featuring Maya Kronfeld on piano, Vicki Grossi on bass and Joyce Baker on drums. thejazznetworkworldwide.com
April 11, 2014
From Bossa Nova to Samba, Choro, Frevo and more, Brazilian Guitar Night celebrates the 6 and 7 string “violão” in various settings and styles. Bay Area guitarists Ricardo Peixoto, Brian Moran and Ian Faquini bring three unique perspectives to the music, and with the participation from their frequent collaborators Rebecca Kleinnman and Brian Rice present a simmering night of acoustic Brazilian music.
April 6, 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”).
Warm and witty singer Leslie Tchaikovsky performs an evening of music by Porter, Weill, Jobim and original works in her debut solo concert. Featuring Leslie Tchaikovsky on vocals, Ross Gualco on piano, Jeff Neighbor on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums.
Leslie’s penchant for bursting into song as a child led to a house rule: no singing at the dinner table. Family and career, including 22 years as a federal judge, diverted her musical passions for several decades. But, when time permitted, the passion returned with a vengeance. Over twenty years ago, she began studying classical piano and a few years later attending a piano camp in Vermont. It was there she began singing again. This led to private singing lessons and classes at the Jazzschool. Leslie has performed numerous times at the Jazzschool classes, but this concert will be her first solo performance.
April 5, 2014
Matt Slocum has emerged as one of the great young drummers in New York City, and therefore all of jazz. Drummer and composer Matt Slocum celebrates the release of Black Elk’s Dream with a distinctive New York quartet featuring Dayna Stephens (Kenny Barron, Al Foster), Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell), and Massimo Biolcati (Lionel Loueke, Terence Blanchard).
As a composer, Mr. Slocum is the recent recipient of grants and commissions from the American Music Center, the Puffin Foundation, New Music USA and Meet the Composer. His ensembles have been featured throughout North America and Europe at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Yoshi’s, the Blue Note, Earshot Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and the Soka International Jazz Festival among others. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Seamus Blake, Alan Broadbent, Steve Cardenas, Gerald Clayton, Taylor Eigsti, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Koonse, Wynton Marsalis, Lage Lund, Linda Oh, Alan Pasqua, Jerome Sabbagh, Jaleel Shaw, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Anthony Wilson, Sam Yahel and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in western Wisconsin, Mr. Slocum began musical studies on piano before switching to percussion at age 11. While in high school he was introduced to jazz through recordings featuring Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones. He received a full scholarship to attend the University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music where he studied with Peter Erskine. After graduating in 2004, Slocum spent three years in Pasadena, working with many of the West Coast’s finest jazz artists before making the move to New York in fall 2007. Slocum’s debut recording Portraits was released in January 2010. All About Jazz raved, “With this excellent premiere, Slocum steps out of the box as the full package,” while All Music Guide wrote, “This auspicious debut should put Matt Slocum’s name firmly on the jazz map.”After the Storm, his follow up recording, was released in October 2011 and received high marks from Downbeat, JazzTimes, Los Angeles Times and Jazzwise among others. After the Storm was one of 15 recordings by American composers to receive a 2011 New Music USA recording grant. Slocum was recently commissioned to compose a quartet project in honor of Black Elk. mattslocumjazz.com
“One of his generation’s most highly regarded drummers and composers”— JazzPolice
“Richly textured, hard swinging modern jazz…”— Time Out London
“Slocum clearly places empathy and ensemble eloquence over solo fireworks, with sublime results.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 30, 2014
Join Jazz Search West at the Jazzschool for the last of their four talent search competitions for solo instrumentalist and vocalists. Contestants will perform for a panel of Bay Area jazz professionals and a live audience. At the end of each competition, four finalists will be selected to continue to the Semi-Final at the Freight and Salvage and then on to the Grand Finale at Yoshi’s Oakland.
Attendance is free and open to the public. To learn more about Jazz Search West or how to apply as a contestant, please visit Jazzsearchwest.com.
March 28, 2014
The Women’s Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where students develop technical ability, style and improvisation skills in a supportive environment while networking with others who share their passion for music. Join these musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance!
Free performance – donations for Jazzschool Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp accepted.