February 9, 2014
Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist and educator who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Pamela’s Blues Vocal Workshops at the Jazzschool are always filled to the brim, and she loves teaching singers how to sit in with blues bands!
About the band:
Garth Webber is a legendary blues guitarist. He has toured and performed with Gregg Allman, Bill Champlin, Lydia Pense, Pamela Rose, Robben and Mark Ford, Miles Davis and Mose Allison, among others.
Chicago born Willie Riser is the first call bassist for touring blues legends Otis Clay, Carla Thomas, Lady Bianca, Frank Biner, Jules Broussard, Jackie Payne, & Ernie Johnson.
Drummer Rob Rhodes is a regular Jazzschool Blues Vocal Funshop accompanist, and has performed with Ledisi, Mary Wilson, Ed Kelly, Roy Obiedo, Denise Perrier and Faye Carol.
The legendary drummer and composer Eddie Marshall led a quintet in the late 80′s and early 90′s that was one of the premier groups on the Bay Area jazz scene, also one of the busiest. Working together in those years the group developed a rapport and sound that fit Eddie’s compositions to a tee. The remaining members of that very special band have come together every year since his passing to pay loving tribute to the wonderful music and spirit of the great Eddie Marshall, this year assisted by the wonderful Vince Lateano in the drum chair. Featuring Peck Allmond trumpet and saxophone, Kenny Brooks on tenor saxopone, Mark Levine on piano, Jeff Chambers on bass and Vince Lateano on drums. The afternoon concert will begin with a set by the Eddie Marshall Memorial Recorder Ensemble, featuring Art Maxwell, Erik Jekabson and Jeff Weinmann and other special guests.
February 8, 2014
Internationally renowned singer, composer, and producer, Diane Witherspoon began singing as a child (with 8 siblings), and often performed in her church choir. Diane performs an evening of classic, bluesy jazz. Singing standards & original songs from her recorded cd’s. Her renditions are soulful, swinging, improvisational and memorable.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and now residing in Las Vegas, NV, Diane attended Saint Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. Diane has taught music and conducted workshops for students in California public schools and in Tokyo, Japan. Inspired by her sister, Shirley Witherspoon, a former Duke Ellington vocalist, and second cousin, Jimmy Witherspoon, a legendary blues singer.
February 7, 2014
Arjun Verma and Jim Santi Owen present a concert of North Indian classical music. This ancient yet modern music combines traditional melodies and rhythms with dynamic improvisation and interaction between musicians, covering the musical spectrum from deeply contemplative to exhilarating. Arjun and Jim are on the faculty of the Ali Akbar College of Music and are also instructors at the Jazzschool Institute.
Arjun Verma is a sitarist trained by Ali Akbar Khan. Arjun has performed in the U.S., Europe, and India, including performances at the United Nations in Geneva and Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.
Jim Santi Owen is an American percussionist, teacher, and performer. Drumming since the age of eight, he has been studying tabla since 1991 from Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, and learning South Indian percussion instruments since 1995 from T.H. Subash Chandran and K. Sekar.
February 1, 2014
This Bay Area group, which includes Jazzschool Institute faculty members Laura Klein and Alan Hall, plays a wide range of compelling original compositions. They’ll be performing material from their acclaimed CD Five and More, as well as premiering new arrangements. Featuring Laura Klein on piano, Tony Corman on guitar, Alan Hall on drums, Dave Tidball on saxophones and clarinets and Paul Smith on bass and special guest Dillon Vado on vibraphone.
January 31, 2014
Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to more recent folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, Bill’s performances illuminate as well as entertain, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music.
Bill is a doctoral candidate in Music from the University of California, Berkeley with specializations in American music history and the music of Japan. He has been a scholar/artist in residence at many universities across the United States. In addition, Bill has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Associate Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owenboro, Kentucky. He is the author of Banjo for Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world. Over a thirty-five year performing career, Bill has performed with acoustic luminaries David Grisman, Peter Rowan and Dry Branch Fire Squad, among many others. His folk and bluegrass chart topping 2012 CD In Good Company features over 26 musicians, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O’Brien, and Joy Kills Sorrow.
You can learn more about Bill by visiting www.billevansbanjo.com. Watch video performances from The Banjo in America by linking to Bill’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BillEvansBanjo.
January 26, 2014
The Jazzschool 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.
January 25, 2014
Foolish Hearts is a relatively new duo featuring vocalist/pianist/composer Peter Eldridge (Grammy-winning New York Voices, MOSS) and upright bassist/composer Matt Aronoff. Foolish Hearts presents its own originals and arrangements of favorite jazz and pop tunes with an organic sensibility combining voices, piano, bass, and percussion. The duo has toured the West Coast and Europe, including a week in Latvia and performs regularly in New York City. Eldridge and Aronoff released the duo’s first studio project, an EP entitled New Definition. Eldridge released his fourth solo album, Mad Heaven, on the Palmetto label, which Jazz Review said “showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction.” Aronoff is an up-and-coming sideman on the New York music scene. You can also hear him as a member of the electro-pop band Xylos.
“Tonight I went to see Foolish Hearts, the new duo with Peter Eldridge and Matt Aronoff. They were absolutely amazing — a master class in musicianship at the highest level, paired with an incredibly emotional connection with the crowd.” — Jason Crane, The Jazz Advocate
“Eldridge is a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction.” — Jazz Review
January 19, 2014
Join the Bay Area Jazz All-Stars as they pay homage to the late great Mulgrew Miller. The afternoon will highlight Mulgrew’s original compositions. Featuring Chuck MacKinnon on trumpet, Al Bent on trombone, Mark Levine on piano, John Wiitala on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums.
“Miller could swing hard but maintained grace and precision with a touch and facility that influenced generations of musicians.”— Hillary Brown, DownBeat
January 18, 2014
Jazz up your Saturday night with vocalist Tom Signore, a warm and engaging interpreter of contemporary tunes, American Songbook classic standards, and cabaret favorites, ranging from the comedic to the sublime.
Tom Signore draws on a lifetime of classical and jazz music study, having played clarinet and soprano saxophone in small jazz combos and concert ensembles, and singing in choral groups, cabaret performances, community musical theater, and piano trios. Tom is a longtime friend and student of the Jazzschool, where he continues to study instrumental and vocal jazz theory and performance. More recently, you’ll find Tom crooning at locals clubs, such as San Francisco’s Savanna Jazz Club in the Mission, and at Sheba Piano Lounge in the Fillmore.