An Evening of Flamenco
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening of Flamenco

Flamenco is a form of song, dance, and instrumental (mostly guitar) music. Its roots are in Romany, Andalusian, Arabic, and possibly Spanish Jewish folk song and, according to some scholars, in Byzantine and Indian religious chant. Flamenco developed from the 14th century onward as the Roma became part of the rich cultural mix that characterized Andalusian society at that time.

Flamenco is...

- lush, mesmerizing guitar work

- melodic, compelling song

- exquisite dance

Flamenco is...

- an art form

Special guest vocalist- an amazing surprise!

2 dancers

David McLean-guitar

Marlon Aldana-percussion

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Jacknife: The Music of Jackie McLean
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Jacknife: The Music of Jackie McLean

San Francisco saxophonist Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with JACKNIFE, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. Exploring tunes from McLean's seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums Jacknife, It's Time, Let Freedom Ring, and New Soil, JACKNIFE brings together a formidable cast of rising talent, including trumpeters JJ Kirkpatrick, Darren Johnston & Henry Hung, drummer Michael Mitchell, bassists Garrett Lang & Shimpei Ogawa, pianists Richard Sears, Malcolm Campbell, Parker Grant & Christina Galisatus and on occasion, piano legend Larry Willis.

Collectively, the members of JACKNIFE have toured internationally and collaborated between the New York City, West Coast and European jazz scenes. Members of the group have accompanied entertainers such as Kendrick Lemar and Beyonce, in addition to working with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters, including drum legend Albert Tootie Heath, pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, saxophonists Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenón and drummer Matt Wilson.

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Kelly Park BIG Band with Bill Mentz
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Kelly Park BIG Band with Bill Mentz

The Kelly Park Big Band was founded in 2014. The band is dedicated to the writing and performance of fresh original music and arrangements, it is designed to be a concert band, not a dance band. Although much of the music is composed and arranged by Kelly, he has created a platform that gives band members and local composers an opportunity to write for a big band with no constraints; an opportunity to be as free and creative as possible.

Kelly Park is a former faculty member and alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, Boston MA. He has been a fixture of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for many years, most notably as Musical Director of the Rrazz Room, the premier SF nightclub from 2007-2013. There he performed with such stars as Loretta Devine, Keely Smith, Pia Zadora, the Shirrelles, Deborah Gibson, Trini Lopez, Deana Martin, and many others. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and was the owner of the jazz club Kelly's of Alameda.

The Band will be joined by the one and only: Bill Mentz.

Bill Mentz: A soupcon of Kurt Elling, a nano-dash of Bennett, some silky midnightness and a hot shot swinging band. Serve with ice."

All About Jazz - allaboutjazz.com

""This versatile singer delivers smooth, flawless vocals that can only be described as full of range and dynamics."-Bobbi Warren Agency"

Bill Mentz has been performing, touring and recording music since 1974. Bill has recorded and released 6 albums/CDs, numerous commercial jingles & voice-overs (VOs) and has probably logged over 7,500 live shows around the globe. A short list of some of the artists Bill Mentz has had the privilege to share the stage with, or, warm up include: John Denver, Jerry Springer, Richie Havens, Poco, The Beach Boys, Pat Boone, Conway Twitty, Dottie West, Ray Stevens, Bo Diddley, Lee Greenwood, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Temptations, Tommy Castro, Chuck Berry, Mary Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Art Linkletter, The Associations, and The Guess Who. Bill Mentz has fronted such great bands as Night Flight, The Celebration Band, The Van-Dells, Strong Current and the Clevers. Bill has spent the last 6+ years recording and performing with the fabulous Howlers out of Berkeley California along with some of the very best musicians in the Bay Area.

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Stand Up Broadway
Nov
1
9:00 PM21:00

Stand Up Broadway

Chelsea Bearce (Caroline’s NY, Cobb’s, SF Punch Line) 

Anthony K (Finalist SF International Comedy Competition) 

Steve Ausborne (Regular at SF Punch Line, SF Sketchfest)

Jeremy Talamantes (Art Critique, SF Punch Line)

Melissa Mcgillicuddy (2019 Best comedian Sacramento News,3rd place 2018 Sacramento Stand-up Competition, Sacramento FemmeFest)

Sergio Novoa (Has performed at SF Punch Line and Cobb’s)

Hosted by K Cheng (Comedy Day, NBC Diversity, Electric Daisy Festival)

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Katerina Brown
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Katerina Brown

The warm, honeyed voice of Katerina Brown brings a fresh flavor to the world of jazz. Russian-born and trained, influenced by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sara Vaughan, Katerina has traveled the globe, honing her distinctive sound. She can wind her way effortlessly through a velvety rendition of an American jazz standard, or powerfully, passionately command the notes of a romantic, Russian classic. Katerina Browns artful style and lush vocals are a classic in the making.

Katerina Brown will be performing a CD release concert on this night at the Sound Room with a quintet composed of bassist Gary Brown, pianist Dan Zemelman, saxophonist Gary Meek, guitarist Ricardo Peixoto, and drummer Jason Lewis and special guest Kenny Washington

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Solo Bass Night VI
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Solo Bass Night VI

Featuring solo performances by world class bass players including Michael Manring, Kai Eckhardt, Josh Cohen, Charles Berthoud, Ariane Cap, and special guest Paul Hanson at The Sound Room in Oakland, CA. There will be prizes and giveaways from our sponsors GRUV GEAR, Bass Player Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine, Phil Jones Bass, Marleaux BassGuitars and La Bella Strings.

If you like bass, this is the event for you!

Michael Manring:

Hailed by many as the worlds leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of whats possible on the bass guitar for over three decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard magazine after seeing one of Michaels solo concerts, Forget his astounding technique and musicality; forget his absolute command of his instruments; forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded togetherThe enlightenment came most from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt to be playinghis brand of transcendental chops and musical understandingwas all in the service of the final outcome, the joy of making music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaK2GU9pgos

Kai Eckhardt:

Kai Eckhardt is a German born bassist and composer best known for his work with John McLaughlin, Vital Information, Trilok Gurtu, Billy Cobham and Garaj Mahala band he co-founded n 2000. Educated at the prestigious Berklee College of Music Eckhardt has also collaborated on projects with guitarist Larry Coryell as well as keyboardist Patrice Rushen. Eckhardt is known for his fast chordal slap-style abilities, and for his unique combination of funk, jazz, and world music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sthp2rysyZk

Josh Cohen:

Josh Cohen is a multi-award winning six-string electric bassist, composer, session musician, and music educator based out of Madison, WI who travels frequently throughout North America performing and teaching clinics (e.g. Bass Boot Camp 2016/2019, Gruv Gears Clinic Series at Steves Music Toronto, Bass Break Live 2017 etc). His solo electric bass compositions/arrangements, which use extended techniques to create the sound of an entire band

The Music of Josh Cohen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T90-aKvgnkE

Charles Berthoud:

British bassist, Charles Berthoud (pronounced BEAR-too), is changing the way we think about the bass guitar. Already being recognized as one of the masters of the two-handed tapping technique, he plays the bass like a piano, accompanying himself with multiple parts. He even co-authored an instructional book, Two-Handed Tapping, before graduating Berklee College of Music with highest honors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7J_GzZntRI

Ariane Cap:

Austrian Ariane Cap is a multi instrumentalist, educator, author, blogger and composer. An eclectic and versatile bassist, she has covered many styles, from Rock (Keith Olsen/Fleetwood Mac), Jazz (Daline Jones, Montclair Womens Big Band) to Folk and Flamenco (Muriel Anderson), to classical music (The Mozart Band), and Top 40 (Brian Cline Band), Latin Disco (Generation Esmeralda) to Punk Rock (The Sippy Cups) and Cirque du Soleil. As a leader, Ariane has teamed up with star Jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson to create the critically acclaimed duo OoN.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7J_GzZntRI

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Anton Schwartz Sextet
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Anton Schwartz Sextet

Anton Schwartz has earned a national name for his smart and soulful compositions and improvisations. Over the past two decades Schwartz has performed at jazzs most prestigious clubs and festivals, from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note in New York City to Yoshis in Oakland and Bostons Regattabar to Washington D.C.s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival. For this performance he enlarges his award-winning quintet to present a six-piece ensemble and a program of new compositions and arrangements.

The members of his ensemble are huge talents in their own right, based in Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco: Joel Behrman (trumpet), John Gove (trombone), Josh Nelson (piano), Jeff Denson (bass), Lorca Hart (drums) He has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and artist-in-residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute, as well as a longtime faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory. Each of his five CDs as a leader has drawn sterling reviews and strong airplay; his most recent release Flash Mob earned a four star DownBeat review and a long run on the jazz radio Top 10 chart. "Warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy. San Francisco Chronicle.

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Sound Room Anniversary Party: A 2nd Look featuring David Gerard
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Sound Room Anniversary Party: A 2nd Look featuring David Gerard

Join us as we celebrate our 7 year anniversary as the Sound Room. It been almost 26 years since the music started! First it began as an occasional event at a street party, then it moved inside for a house concert program. We moved to Broadway in 2012 before all the new businesses were there. Since that time, the area has changed and so have we.

For this event we pull a rabbit out of a hat - almost literally! This will be the 2nd peek. We are close to completion of the new site. To celebrate our anniversary we have moved this event to the new spot at 3022 Broadway. It's not fully ready but it's close. We will be bringing you this one of a kind show to give you insight into the magic that is about to happen at the Sound Room.

Doors will open at 7. Included in the ticket price are bites and appetizers which will be served at each table. Then we bring you the magic of David Gerard . This is one of the best shows we have seen. David presents an evening of magic and mentalism. He will wow you with his skills and leave you wondering how he did that!

see what we mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_a9rAAGgFA

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Carey Williams: Love, Loss & Music (& Laughter Too!)
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Carey Williams: Love, Loss & Music (& Laughter Too!)

Coming from behind the sound board to the stage, Carey will be singing and celebrating his birthday well as his musical journey through many years in the music business.

Performing original as well as classic songs from a varied and rich musical life, this, perhaps one time only performance, is a holiday special event.

Please come out and join the Sound Room as we celebrate one of our own in a heartfelt and emotional concert.

Also on the stage will be comedian Arthur Gaus! And coming from the kitchen to the stage to open the show, comedian Rafi Susman!

Just what Mama cooked up for Thanksgiving!

Ryan Schaeffer - guitar

Ian McArdle - keys

Guilio Cetto- bass

Mike Quigg - drums

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The Dave Miller Trio with Rebecca DuMaine CD Release event
Oct
20
4:00 PM16:00

The Dave Miller Trio with Rebecca DuMaine CD Release event

A fine jazz pianist, Dave Miller leads a long-running trio featuring drummer Bill Belasco and renowned bassist Mario Suraci, whose credits range from Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Bernadette Peters to Hampton Hawes, Barry Harris and James Moody. The group has worked and recorded together for the past decade. Join them for this special event celebrating the artistry of George Shearing, in recognition of his centennial, with this new CD - Just Imagine.

Joining this celebrated band is vocalist, Rebecca Dumaine. The relationship between a singer and an accompanist can be fraught and emotionally charged, full of backstage drama and hidden agendas. And then theres Rebecca DuMaine and Dave Miller, whose musical partnership flows from a connection far deeper than the action on the bandstand.

Since moving back to the South Bay from New York City in 2008, DuMaine has established herself as an incisive interpreter of the American Songbook, a rapidly maturing singer with a crystalline tone, deft rhythmic feel and persuasive narrative command of her material. She credits Miller, her pianist, arranger and father, for her ongoing evolution.

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Wayne De La Cruz Trio
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Wayne De La Cruz Trio

A captivating versatile group of dynamic musicians with a repertoire that not only represents the organ trio genre but a full spectrum of jazz and blues.

Hammond organist Wayne de la Cruz began his professional career in 1973 playing his first paying gig on Hammond organ at the age of 16.

Since then he has performed with Randy Vincent, Pete Yellin, Mimi Fox, Maria Muldaur, Mary Wells, Vernelle Anders, Terri Lynn Carrington, Allison Miller, Wally Schnalle, Terrence Brewer, Alex Call, The Johnny Nocturne Band, and The Legion of Mary, among many others.

He has played at these well known venues: S.F. Jazz Center, Yoshi's Oakland & S.F., Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz at Pearl's, Anna's Jazz Island, The Fillmore St. Jazz Festival, Biscuits and Blues, The Boom Boom Room, The Club Deluxe, The Hedly Club in San Jose, The Plaza Bistro in Sonoma, Piedmont Piano Co., Bach Dancing and Dynamite, Kuumbwa, and Vitello's in Studio City, Ca.

Guitarist Jeff Massanari was born in Goshen, Indiana and moved to Washington DC at age 9. By the time he was 17 he was performing and teaching jazz and blues in the Washington DC area.

After studying at Berklee School of Music, Jeff moved to the Bay Area where has performed with vocalists Paula West, Brenda Boykin, Denise Perrier, Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, and Pamela Rose, and instrumentalists Wally Schnalle, Jeff Pittson, Charles McNeil, Vince Lateano, Noel Jewkes, Charlie McCarthy, Jeff Chambers, The Johnny Nocturne Band, The Murasaki Ensemble, Swing Fever, and the San Francisco Symphony.

Drummer Kent Bryson is a Bay Area native. He has performed at numerous Jazz and Blues festivals throughout the US, Canada, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

Kent has worked with Howard Alden, Ernestine Anderson, Tee Carson, Joyce Cooling, Bob Florence, Terry Gibbs, John Handy, Eddie Henderson, Plas Johnson, Kim Nalley, David "Fathead" Newman, Lennie Niehaus, Ken Peplowski, Denise Perrier, Houston Person, Pete Rugolo, Bud Shank, Lavay Smith, Sonny Stitt, Mike Vax, James Williams, Jessica Williams, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Dan Hicks, Big Jay McNeally, Maria Muldaur, and Steve Allen.

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Oakland Samba Revue
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Oakland Samba Revue

Debuting summer of 2019, Oakland Samba Revue is the newest contribution to the Bay Area's rich legacy of top notch Brazilian music. Based on the 'little big band' sounds of Brazilian samba de gafieira, O.S.R. is a product of Grupo Falso Baiano co-founder Brian Moran - "Morangão", backed by Ethan Pires (trumpet), Zack Pitt-Smith (reeds), Jeff Cressman (trombone), Brendan Neutra (bass) and Zach Mondlick (drums), and featuring vocalist Catia Lund. Rooted in acoustic samba, O.S.R. is samba, is jazz, is funk, is fun! Music to dance to, music to listen to.

Brian Moran (guitars)

Catia Lund (vocals/percussion)

Ethan Pires (trumpet)

Zack Pitt-Smith (reeds)

Jeff Cressman (trombone)

Brendan Neutra (bass)

Zack Mondlick (drums)

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Grupo Falso Baiano with DUO VIOLÃO PLUS 1
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Grupo Falso Baiano with DUO VIOLÃO PLUS 1

Grupo Falso Baiano is a choro group that offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil. Choro is one of Brazils earliest popular musics, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music.

G.F.B.s exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary versions and jazz influenced reinterpretations. In addition to performing and touring, Grupo Falso Baiano has worked in collaboration with the Pasadena Pops, Around the World Music Program, Young Audiences of Northern CA, and Youth in Arts, to bring choro and Brazilian music to students throughout California.

Grupo Falso Baiano takes its name from the famous Geraldo Pereira song Falsa Baiana, made famous by Joao Gilberto, among others. A falsa baiana (or falso baiano) is a fake Bahian: one who claims to come from the state of Bahia, named after its famous bay. Hence the play on words as it applies to Grupo Falso Baiano: since we hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, we are Bahians of North America, but are fake Brazilians.

DUO VIOLÃO PLUS 1 con

On A History of Choro, their first recorded collaboration, guitarist Rogério Souza, guitarist Edinho Gerber, and percussionist Ami Molinelli survey the musical history and evolution of choro, revealing its rhythmic and harmonic permutations and, in the process, create an album that is coherent in timbre and vision while marvelously varied in its nuances.

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Terrie Odabi
Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

Terrie Odabi

"Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco's Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band, and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely stardom awaits her."

Lee Hildebrand, contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, and Living Blues

Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When she begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They're about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories.

Her voice soars and draws you in and makes you feel good. She is full of surprises!" enthused trombonist Steve Turre, member of the Saturday Night Live Band and professor at the Julliard School of Music. Turre, who has performed and recorded with Terrie, dubs her "a jewel from the Bay Area". Raised in Oakland, California, the most diverse city in America, by age 16 Terrie was sneaking in to perform in Bay Area clubs and theaters. Her classical and jazz studies included training under Gwen Brown, Bill Bell and the late, great tenor, John Patton. Terrie has traveled the country and the globe performing as the lead vocalist in the multicultural percussion groups D'CuCkoo and Rythmixx, whose far-flung gigs included Japan and Cuba.

Be prepared for a great evening!

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Dave Meder Trio
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Dave Meder Trio

Pianist, composer and educator Dave Meder is quickly becoming one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a panoramic, genre-bending approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. He has performed in some of New Yorks most hallowed rooms, including several headlining stands at Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, and internationally at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Torino Jazz Festival, and others. In 2013, Meder won the esteemed Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. His debut album, Passage (Outside In Music, 2019), is a dynamically interactive piano-trio outing boasting appearances by the generation-defining saxophonists Chris Potter and Miguel Zenón.

Meder is also a skilled composer-arranger, having earned an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the FirstMusic Commission of the New York Youth Symphony, and a slot in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. As the Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas, he is currently the youngest instructor employed in one of the nations most renowned music programs.

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 Brasil Som with Masha Campagne & Ricardo Peixoto
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Brasil Som with Masha Campagne & Ricardo Peixoto

Brazilian songstress Masha Campagne and her band Brasil Som unite with brilliant guitarist & composer Ricardo Peixoto in a scintillating and vibrant collaboration celebrating creativity & artistic modernization of Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim, Toninho Horta and other Brazilian legends.

Campagne performed on both East and West Coasts at SF JAZZ, Yoshis, Monterey Jazz, Healdsburg Jazz and many others. Blending the wistfulness of Astrud Gilberto with robust liquidity of Flora Purim. (Jazz Times) Campagne's vocals display a rare combination of sophistication and sincerity (San Jose Mercury News)

Peixoto has been described as an artist of rare and insightful genius, he received widespread national attention when he toured widely with Flora Purim and Airto. He also worked extensively with luminaries such as Romero Lubambo, Budd Shank, Claudio Roditi and many more.

Personnel:

Masha Campagne Vocals & Melodica

Ricardo Peixoto - Guitars

Zach Mondlick Drums

Aaron Germain Bass

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Erik Jekabson Sextet
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Erik Jekabson Sextet

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator who lives 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 five CDs out under his own name: He has recorded as a sideman on numerous other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He has spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at many notable venues.

Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has brought them to top notch venues. He also works with other local Bay Area musicians. Erik has a Bachelor's Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Young Musicians Program at the Jazzschool, and serves on the board of Jazz in the Neighborhood. He is also a well known educator in local music programs.

Erik Jekabson, trumpet

Dave Ellis, saxophones

Dave Macnab, guitar

John Wiitala, bass

David Flores, drums

and special guest, John Santos

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Stand Up Broadway
Oct
4
9:00 PM21:00

Stand Up Broadway

Hosted by Jason Cole (Has performed at SF Punch Line, Cobb's Comedy Club, and Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival)

Headliner- Chad Opitz (Opened for Michelle Wolf and David Cross, featured guest on the Doug Loves Movies Podcast, 2016-2019 San Francisco Sketchfests)

Dauood Naimyar (3rd Place 2018 SF International Comedy Competition, regular at SF Punch Line)

Paul Conyers (Signed to Uproar Comedy Records, SiriusXM Radio, SF Sekcthfest)

Geneva Rust-Orta (SF Sketchfest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 208 Comedy Fest)

Arjun Banerjee (Has performed at SF Punch Line, Cobb's Comedy Club)

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Classical Sound Room
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Classical Sound Room

Trinity Alps Chamber Players

Ian Scarfe, piano and reed organ

Mélanie Clapiès, violin

Charith Premawardhana, viola

Charles Akert, cello

Program:

Antonin Dvorak - Bagatelles, Op. 47

Danny Clay - Ocean Park

Johannes Brahms - Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60

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Richard Sears & the Brothers Garabedian
Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

Richard Sears & the Brothers Garabedian

Richard has received commissions/grants from The Shed (2018), the Aaron Copland Fund (2015) and the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2013). He has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and other jazz artists. His 2016 release Altadena features the legendary drummer Albert Tootie Heath performing with Richards sextet. The album earned 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, and was named one of the best releases of 2016 by AllAboutJazz.com. His latest release, Iron Year, features music composed since his move to Brooklyn in 2015. In addition to performing and teaching, Richard curates the Open Ground performance series at The Owl Music Parlor in Brooklyn to promote the work of friends, colleagues and like-minded artists.

A native of Berkeley, California, Noah Garabedian holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the The University of California Los Angeles, and a Master's in Music Performance from New York University. In 2006 he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship, and in 2007 was selected as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate program. In March of 2011, Mr. Garabedian was selected to participate in Brad Mehldau's master class at The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and in June of that same year was selected as a finalist in the ISB Double Bass Competition.

In November of 2016, Mr. Garabedian received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach jazz music for one month at Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand. As an educator Mr. Garabedian currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center called Jazz For Young People. He is also currently part-time faculty at The New School in New York City and works as a teaching artist with the New York Pops. In the past he has served as adjunct faculty at NYU, taught with The Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Friend's Summer Jazz Camp, Stanford Jazz Camp, and participated in the music outreach program between UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

As a sideman, Mr. Garabedian has performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Josh Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D'Angelo, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Frank LoCrasto, Silver City Bound, Julian Pollack, as well as his own sextet Big Butter And The Egg Men. In March of 2014, Mr. Garabedian represented the US State Department on a seven-week tour of Southeast Asia with Silver City Bound, where they performed for the public, and taught workshops on music in several countries.

Raffi Garabedian hails from Berkeley, California, and attended Berkeley High School, where he was a member of their award-winning Jazz Ensemble. As a teenager, Raffi studied with Dayna Stephens, who was one of his first major influencers on saxophone. He went on to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music from 2006-2010, where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and studied with such musicians as Bill McHenry, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby, and Andrew Cyrille.

Raffi has recorded and performed with a variety of artists, including Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, and Dayna Stephens. He helped found the brass band Brass Magic, and plays with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra in San Francisco.

Raffi works as a freelance musician, playing both jazz standards and more experimental music. He teaches regularly at the California Jazz Conservatory and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, as well as offering private lessons.

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Marina Crouse Quintet
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Marina Crouse Quintet

"A new voice as strong as the best blues singers of the past as she sings with the intensity of a Koko Taylor, heartbreak of Etta James, raw emotion of Big Maybelle... Marina Crouse has all it takes to be the next top lady of the Blues. Marina is a bad bad Blues singing woman, so get ready, Marina's got the Blues." ~ Noel Hayes, DJ at KPOO 89.5FM

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 Terrence Brewer & Pamela Rose
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Terrence Brewer & Pamela Rose

CD Release event:

The NEW album "Don't Worry 'Bout Me - remembering Ella and Joe"

"One guitar, one voice. All swinging!"

Multiple-Award winning Jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer called upon jazz and blues vocalist Pamela Rose to lovingly rejoice in the vocal/guitar duo work of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. Mellifluous, swinging and intimate, Ella and Joes partnership on Pablo Records created four incomparable records, treasured by a generation of music lovers.

Brewer and Rose discovered that those recordings had been deeply influential to them both and embarked on a journey of rediscovery which has resulted in a new recording Dont Worry Bout Me Remembering Ella & Joe.

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Oakland Jazz Choir
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Oakland Jazz Choir

The Oakland Jazz Choir, (OJC) a non-profit, has been an East Bay institution for over 25 years. During this span the group has taken many shapes, sizes and forms but the common denominator has always been the same: Joy of expression, using the voice to communicate the triumphs, as well as the turbulence, of the human spirit.

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An Evening of Flamenco
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening of Flamenco

Flamenco is a form of song, dance, and instrumental (mostly guitar) music. Its roots are in Romany, Andalusian, Arabic, and possibly Spanish Jewish folk song and, according to some scholars, in Byzantine and Indian religious chant. Flamenco developed from the 14th century onward as the Roma became part of the rich cultural mix that characterized Andalusian society at that time.

Flamenco is...

- lush, mesmerizing guitar work

- melodic, compelling song

- exquisite dance

Flamenco is...

- an art form

Special guest vocalist- an amazing surprise!

2 dancers

David McLean-guitar

Marlon Aldana-percussion

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Michael Feinberg Quartet
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Feinberg Quartet

Hailed as a "musical prodigy turned evil genius" (spinner) bassist Michael Feinberg has quickly "become one of the premier young artists on the New York scene" (Jazz Inside Magazine).

Get a taste of the music here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bnBrJ3KvIQA

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Second Saturday Salon: An Evening of Music, Art, & Food
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Second Saturday Salon: An Evening of Music, Art, & Food

For this special event, we present a Monte Carlo show case. Picture yourself at the glorious French Riviera in the Hotel de Paris. The food is lush, the guests are toasting with bubbly, Bond is at the bar, and the music begins: the Bill Mentz Trio

Bill Mentz: A soupcon of Kurt Elling, a nano-dash of Bennett, some silky midnightness and a hot shot swinging band. Serve with ice."

All About Jazz - allaboutjazz.com

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 Mariano Barreiro Tango Trío
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Mariano Barreiro Tango Trío

Internationally acclaimed ensemble Mariano Barreiro Tango Trío presents the music of Astor Piazzolla and tango composers of Buenos Aires. This band features Argentinian pianist Mariano Barreiro, Oakland, California based composer and bandoneonist Charles Gorczynski and violinist Ishtar Hernandez.

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Kenny Washington
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Kenny Washington

Wynton Marsalis says: "I love this man! He's a consummate professional, with impeccable intonation. He's a real improviser who brings depth to everything he does. We all love Kenny. If you love music, you've got to love Kenny!"

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Stand Up Broadway
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Stand Up Broadway

Larry Bubbles Brown (late Night w/ David Letterman, 3 Still standing [Amazon Prime Video], opened for Dana Carvey)
Emily Van Dyke (Opened for Colin Quinn, SF Sketchfest, SF Punch Line)
Rudy Ortiz (Hollywood Improv, Alice 97.3 radio, KNBR)
Teddy Hull (Has performed at San Jose Improv, Cobbs, Flappers in Burbank )
Jimmie Dave Menezes (2 time Modesto Area Music Awards, Best Comedian.)
Jason Cole (Has performed at SF Punch Line, Cobbs, Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival)

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Kevin Burt
Aug
30
8:00 PM20:00

Kevin Burt

2018 International Blues Challenge Winner in 3 categories!!

1st place Solo/Duo, best Solo/Duo guitarist, & best harmonica player award!!

For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences with his soul-inspired presentation which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, and his ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.

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Private Event: Berkeley HS
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event: Berkeley HS

Celebrate the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future!

The Berkeley HS Class of 1967 celebrates the fabulous 70ish celebration

This is a gathering of BHS students held in conjunction with BHS all-class reunion events. Music will be curated by BHS grad Carey Williams and will feature the music of Luhtakiss.

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Alvon Johnson
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Alvon Johnson

Alvon Johnson travels the world singing and swinging Jazz standards with Big Bands. He also gallops the globe performing the songs that he sang while working with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters. When he travels to Russia he is referred to as the "King of the Blues" and the "Ambassador of the Blues". His love and respect for the American art form is shared by large and enthusiastic audiences all over the world. This will be a terrific show.

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El Caribefunk
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

El Caribefunk

Caribefunk is a Caribbean music band with some elements of the North American Funk Originally from Cartagena Colombia and formed by Funkcho Salas and Andrés Mordecai.

The Caribefunk.

Afro-Caribbean music, born in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), with a lot of groove, making you dance.

This band was born in the 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Looking to take their music to many corners of the planet, they recorded their first album called "El Caribefunk" taking it to Colombia for the first time that same year, and presenting it in South American countries as : Argentina, Ecuador and Peru.

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Miro Sprague Trio
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Miro Sprague Trio

Miro Sprague is a pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator known for his inspiring creativity, dynamic and passionate performance style, and artistic versatility. Currently based in Los Angeles, Miro has been an active performer since the early 2000's, touring the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East and performing at many of the world's top venues and festivals in settings ranging from solo piano to septet.

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