November 1, 2013
Pianist, composer and educator Eddie Mendenhall brings an exciting group featuring compositions from Eddie’s latest album, Cosine Meets Tangent, plus fresh arrangements of standards. With Scott Barnhill on tenor saxophone, Robbie Kwock on trumpet, Al Bent on trombone, Dan Robbins on bass and Lorca Hart on drums, this promises to be an evening filled with improvisation.
October 27, 2013
With two acclaimed albums of Brazilian songs and international performances, Homage to Brazil embraces the diversity of Brazil’s musical traditions, rather than simply focusing on Brazilian standards that have already crossed over into the jazz world. According to Brazilian keyboardist and musicologist Jovino Santos Neto, “after decades of listening to countless American singers rehash the same five or six tunes over and over, it is indeed a breath of fresh air to hear someone who is not afraid to try something new.”
Featuring Anne Sajdera on piano, David Belove on bass, Phil Thompson on drums, Jeff Cressman on trombone and Ian Faquini on guitar.
October 25, 2013
Join two rising star student ensembles for evening celebration of rhythm!
Drummer and vibraphonist Matthew Stoloff leads the Matthew Stoloff Quartet, featuring an array of various percussion instruments including kit, vibes and hand percussion. This set will feature a mixture of both originals and standards. The band includes Matt Stoloff on drums/vibes, Aidan Fike on vibes, Ray Little on drums and percussion, and Pele Greenberg on drums and percussion.
October 20, 2013
Vocalist Larry Cruz celebrates his birthday with an afternoon jazz concert. The performance will include jazz ballads, swingin’ tunes, and a few surprises. Larry will be joined by great Bay Area musicians Lee Bloom, musical director and pianist, Jeff Neighbor on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums.
About Larry Cruz
Larry Cruz found music and his voice late in life. It wasn’t until his late 50’s that Larry took his singing out of the shower and onto the stage. After a few classes and singing in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Larry soon discovered jazz and the great American standards…he knew he found his calling. Larry’s living proof that it’s never too late to find a passion or fulfill a dream. He’s studied with Sandy Cressman, Madeline Eastman, Laurie Antoniolli and Maye Cavallaro. He’s also a proud Jazz Camper where he was selected for the Vocal Intensive and performed in public for the first time.
October 19, 2013
Join the Ka-Hon Ensemble as they celebrate the release of their debut album, A Musical Journey Around the World. Young children, families, and the entire community will enjoy this magical musical evening. Featuring Omar Ledezma Jr., Braulio Barrera, Jose Roberto Hernandez, Pedro Rosales and Javier Cabanillas plus special guest David Pinto.
The Ka-Hon Ensemble shares the various types of rhythms from around the world that can be played with a simple wooden box (Cajon). Fusing traditional rhythms from Peru, Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela, through percussion and song, Ka-Hon creates a highly interactive performance experience. Ka-Hon was conceived by Venezuelan singer and percussionist Omar Ledezma Jr. in 2012, and unites the talents of percussionists Braulio Barrera (Peru), Pedro Rosales (Peru), Jose Roberto Hernandez (Mexico), and Javier Cabanillas (Mexico). They performed to great acclaim for the 2013 season of the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music (AIM) reaching over 25,000 students and was published in a review for the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper.
“…different and festive. Very emotional.” (11 year-old Noah David) – SF Chronicle May 9, 2013
Special guest, David Pinto is a world class Peruvian bassist, best-known for his work as music director, arranger, and bassist for Grammy-Winner Susana Baca, and also faculty at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.
October 18, 2013
As a singer, guitarist and composer, Claudia has had a long and diverse musical career in Colombian and other Latin American genres. Through her encounter with the best jazz, Brazilian and Latin American musicians, Claudia has developed her own concept of Colombian traditional music with jazz-tinged elements.
In San Francisco she recorded three albums: Claudia Canta Brasil (1989) where she explored Brazilian music, Salamandra (1992) where she got closer to her Latin roots, and Tierradentro (1996), where she presented seven of her own compositions. In Madrid, she recorded Vivir Cantando (2000), and back in Colombia in 2002 Claudia recorded the acclaimed Majagua, an album that gathered an exuberant repertoire of traditional Colombian musics from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast, from the plains to the Andean cordilleras of Colombia. Continuing with her exploration of Colombian music, in 2009 Claudia’s Arropame que tengo Frio, a joint work between Claudia and ethnomusicologist Alejandro Tobon, presented in a 100 page CD booklet explaining the Romancero in Colombia, with 16 ‘romances’ interpreted vocally from contemporary idioms without forgetting traditional sonorities. In 2010 Claudia presented an intimate solo album Tal Cual made up solely of her own compositions.
Since 2002 Claudia has lived in Medellin, Colombia, and for many years has combined teaching and touring through out Europe, South America and North America. Today, back in her beloved San Francisco Bay Area, Claudia will present old and new songs, a panoramic view of what her music has been through out her career. Accompanied by her good friends and her own old band, guitarist Jeff Buenz, bassist David Belove and drummer Celso Alberti, together they will have fun and provide you with a memorable musical evening. Don’t miss this rare opportunity!
October 13, 2013
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”).
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.
Named after the main character in the classic postwar film The Third Man, The Holly Martins is a trio dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz-infused improvised music without the trappings of a traditional rhythm section. Featuring Lorin Benedict, voice; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; and Eric Vogler, guitar.
Guitarist, bassist and composer, Eric Vogler combines a broad interest in African-American and European lineages of art music with an inherent geekiness to produce a unique personal musical language. Eric studied as a youth with Los Angeles guitarists Pete Snell and G. G. Bobues. At UC Berkeley, encounters with pianist Bevan Manson and saxohponist Steve Coleman suggested further avenues for expressions of his interests through music. Besides the above influences, Eric’s forays into algorithmically generated music have created an ongoing dialogue in his understanding of musical form and structure. Eric performs regularly in the Bay Area (and occasionally elsewhere) on both instruments. Notable collaborators include Howard Wiley, Mitch Marcus, Vidya, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joshi Marshall, Sam Ospovat, Bryan Bowman, Geechi Taylor, and many more. Current projects that perform Eric’s music are Bleeding Vector, Eric’s longstanding duo with singer Lorin Benedict; The Holly Martins, Bleeding Vector plus saxophonist extrodinaire Kasey “Noody” Knudsen; and the quintet, Blenderhead.
Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer & educator. She earned her BA in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2001. Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool’s Emerging Artist Series to write and perform new work as well as Intersection For The Arts and the De Young Museum. She leads her own trio and sextet that focus on original music and arrangements; she co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio along with bay area drummer Jon Arkin & pianist Michael Coleman, and The Holly Martins with vocalist Lorin Benedict and guitarist Eric Vogler.
Knudsen can be seen performing with a number of ensembles and bandleaders including Evan Francis, Ben Goldberg, Eric Garland and Henry Hung’s Klaxon Mutant All Stars, the Ian Carey sextet, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Jaz Sawyer, Graham Connah’s No-Porkestra, Adam Shulman, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Michael Coleman, the Bay Area Composer’s Collective Orchestra, New York pianist Jarrett Cherner, guitarist Q Morrow, Rob Ewing’s Disappear Incompletely and more. Knudsen has toured the world with Tune-Yards including a number of performances at South By South West; she has played with Fred Frith’s world premiere of Gravity Live, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Realistic Orchestra, The Slip, Joe Bagale, The Industrial Jazz Group, Brass Bows & Beats, Terrence Brewer, Rova Saxophone Quartet’s Sax Cloud, & many others. Knudsen has performed at Yoshi’s, Pearl’s, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Great American Music Hall, Cafe Du Nord, Anna’s Jazz Island, The Independent, The Fillmore, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Red Poppy Art House, Intersection for the Arts, Kuumbwa, The Jazzschool, SFJazz Fest, San Jose Jazz Fest, North Beach Jazz Fest and New York venues Local 269, Barbes, The Music Hall of Williamsburg Roullette, and Cafe Vivaldi. Knudsen is currently a faculty member of Sonoma State University, The Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA.
is an improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) living in San Francisco. He attempts to introduce more structurally involved elements into the field of vocal improvisation. Most of his work in this area is centered loosely in the jazz idiom.
Lorin joined the fold of musicians rather late in life, at the age of 31, after many years of listening to recordings and live performances, many of which involved members of his immediate family (all of whom are/were orchestral musicians in the western classical tradition). Since becoming professionally active in 2003, Lorin has performed in various groups led by saxophonist Howard Wiley at places such as Yoshis, Intersection for the Arts, the 2006 Stanford Jazz Festival, and the De Young Museum. During 2004 he was a member of guitarist John Schott’s Typical Orchestra (with Ben Goldberg, Ches Smith, and Devin Hoff).
With his own projects, his performances have been confined to more intimate places such as The Stone and Local 269 (as part of the on-going “Evolving Voices Series”) in NYC, and similarly curated venues in northern California. Lorin appears on a few commercially available recordings in projects led by others: with rapper Malik Ameer- Sanctified (Satori Recordings, 2003), Nothing Better To Do (Satori Recordings, 2006), and The Roseline (2007); with Steve Coleman and Five Elements- Lucidarium (Label Bleu, 2004); with John Schott- John Schott’s Typical Orchestra (Smash the State, 2005); with Howard Wiley- The Angola Project (2007); with the Mitch Marcus Quintet- Countdown 2 Meltdown (Porto Franco, 2010). The new Edgetone release, No. No. Yes. No. (2010), by The Holly Martins is Lorin’s first recording with which he has shared creative control.
“…completely redefines the concept of scat singing…technically astounding, inevitably comic and ultimately impressive.” – Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
October 12, 2013
Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Join Kenny and saxophonist Michael O’Neill and his Quintet as they recaptured their musical connection found on their collaboration albums, The Long and Short of It and Still Dancing.
If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Kenny is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny’s free, playful approach, with over a four-octave range is awe inspiring. His tone on ballads is liquid, his scat is so rapid-fire, passionate, melodious and inventive that subsequent saxophone solos often pale, and his intonation is so precise that it becomes noticeable if the piano wasn’t tuned that day. His range seems limitless. With a childhood background singing in gospel, Kenny is at home with the Blues as well as Jazz. This man is a must-see.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with Idris Muhammad, Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Giacomo Gates, Eddie Fisher, Rodney Jones, Kim Nalley, Jackie Ryan, Tony Lindsay, Margie Baker, Akira Tana, Faye Carol, Brenda Boykin, Nicolas Bearde, Jeff Chambers, Rob Schneiderman, Mark Levine, Frank Jackson, Frank Martin, Larry Dunlap, Bobbi Norris, Peter Horvath, Matt Clark, Smith Dobson, Don Haas, Dave Mathews, Michael Bluestein, Omar Clay, Scott Morris and many others.