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 19, 2014
One of the challenges many musicians encounter in improvisation is in learning how to free up their rhythmic phrasing. This workshop is focused on concepts and exercises to help you move beyond the usual tendencies in 4/4 and 3/4 time, through the study of polyrhythm and polymeter. Written examples will be provided of various rhythmic patterns (with an emphasis on learning how to count them), and how to superimpose patterns over the most common meters and forms. This ear training is essential to develop recognition and comfort within the advanced rhythmic environment of modern music — and ultimately, will enable new levels of expression and interaction in any musical context. Examples will be shown on drum set, but all musicians who want to develop their rhythmic sense are welcome!
Jon Arkin has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians since receiving his degree from the University of Miami. Credits include Julian Lage, Wil Blades, Dayna Stephens and others.
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 25, 2014
Smith Dobson leads this exciting new group, performing original contemporary jazz strongly influenced by Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington and Jackie Mclean. Featuring Dobson on alto saxophone, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Michael Coleman on piano and Doug Stuart on bass.
About Smith Dobson
Drummer, vibraphonist and saxophonist Smith Dobson V has been performing in the Bay Area for over twenty years. Originally from Santa Cruz, Dobson is a member of an important jazz family. His father, the late Smith Dobson IV, was a world-renowned pianist and director of the jazz series at Garden City in San Jose for over twenty years, where he accompanied the likes of Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Chet Baker, Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, and Lee Konitz to name a few. Also in the family, Grandfather Smith III is a jazz accordionist; Grandmother Norma, Mother Gail, and Sister Sasha are all jazz vocalists.
In January 2007, he released his first album of original compositions entitled Basement Bloodlines on the Evander Music label, featuring Devin Hoff on bass, Vijay Anderson on drums, John Finkbeiner on guitar, and Dobson on vibraphone.
Dobson sings and plays bass in the indie rock band Grand Lodge, who released their self-titled debut in 2010. He was featured at this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival with his band Prez Kids, playing jazz influenced by the iconic Lester Young and early swing era.
April 26, 2014
Come dance or just hang out as the CJC transforms into a rockin’ music club. Get some friends together, eat, drink and let’s have some fun dancing or listening to our favorite Motown, Blues, R&B and Soul classics. Featuring Alison Wegener on vocals, Nancy Wentsrom-Catania on guitar and vocals, Ariane Cap on bass, Jennifer Jolly on keyboards and Jean Fineberg on drums.
With over 100 years of combined experience playing clubs, festivals and concerts, The Party Monsters members get together to play for pure fun. Revisiting our favorite Motown, Blues, R&B and Soul classics, the band’s energy onstage is contagious. Put on your dancing shoes or just kick back and party with us! partymonstersband.com
April 27, 2014
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on bongos and cowbell. Danilo Paiz demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing. Students are encouraged but not required to bring their own bongo.
Danilo Paiz is a master percussionist who honed his skills with Latin jazz legends like Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Cal Tjader and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed in the Bay Area and beyond for several decades playing percussion, drums and guitar, as well as singing and appearing with his band, Orquesta Universal.
Learn the essential patterns and grooves for playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha rhythms on conga drums. Instructor demonstrates proper technique, patterns and fills, providing ample feedback for students of all levels. Beginners will learn the basics, while more advanced players receive an assessment of their current technique and suggestions to enhance their playing.
Transcribing music from recordings is an essential practice with many benefits for aspiring musicians. In this workshop, students are introduced both to traditional transcription techniques as well as the various notation and playback computer programs now available. Instructor demonstrates techniques using Sibelius notation software and Transcribe!, an inexpensive software program which allows you to loop and adjust the speed and EQ of selected recordings for transcription purposes.
Bay Area pianist Bob Karty is well known for his work with several top Brazilian and Latin jazz musicians including Ray Obiedo and Pete Escovedo. He is a founding member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición and teaches jazz and salsa piano.
The SF Early Music Society and Gabrieli West present a chamber ensemble made up of a pair of string instruments–violin and cello or violo da gamba–and a pair of brass instrument—cornetto as high voice and sackbut as the low voice. The program will include solo works from the 16th and 17th centuries for each instrument as well as chamber music for 3 and 4 instruments and continuo.
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.