A series of five FREE Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the de Young Museum in collaboration with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music exploring the tradition of Jazz in combination with other musical traditions, ranging from Latin to Caribbean to classical, featuring a stellar cast of Bay Area musicians.
Building upon the success of 2011's Chamber Music Day at the de Young Museum, where over 30 ensembles ranging from early music and classical to world and jazz performed on multiple stages throughout the museum, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music has teamed up with the de Young Museum and jazz curator Kevin B. Chen to present a series of five FREE Sunday afternoon concerts in the Koret Auditorium featuring some of the Bay Area's most exhilarating and prolific jazz musicians. The upcoming season's schedule will be announced shortly - please sign our mailing list for information. We'll see you in the fall!
All performances are FREE and start at 2pm
Inside the de Young Museum in the Koret Auditorium
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park
Information: www.deyoungmuseum.org, (415) 750-7694
Entrance to Concourse Parking Facility – Fulton Street at 10th Avenue
Transportation: Muni 5, 21, 44 or N
2012's lineup included the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, the Ben Goldberg School, Les Gwan Jupons, the Erik Jekabson String-tet, and The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol & The Faye Carol Quartet. Exploring the tradition of Jazz in combination with other musical traditions, ranging from Latin to Caribbean to classical, this series celebrates the diversity of the Bay Area musical community in an intimate concert setting.
10/14/12 Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet + special guests
Wayne Wallace, trombone - Murray Low, piano - David Belove, bass - Michael Spiro, percussion - Colin Douglas, drums - Mads Tolling, violin
Wayne Wallace is a master trombonist, highly solicited composer & arranger, and widely respected music educator. Having played with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and McCoy Tyner, Wallace infuses jazz with Afro-Caribbean forms to create a unique musical synthesis. The result - part Cuba and part New Orleans - speaks to both the music's African roots and its 21st Century urban reality. walacomusic.com
10/21/12 Ben Goldberg School
Ben Goldberg, clarinet - Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone - Jeff Cressman, trombone, - Rob Reich, accordion - David Ewell, bass - Hamir Atwal,drums
One of many projects led by the acclaimed clarinetist and composer, The Ben Goldberg School is a new variable-speed, all-purpose ensemble performing new original compositions as well as old favorites. “The name of the group reflects my feelings about music as a beautiful current moving through, and bringing together, people of different generations, with the goal of sharing with, and learning from, each other. While playing some kick-ass music.” - Ben Goldberg bengoldberg.net
10/28/12 Les Gwan Jupons
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass - John Finkbeiner, guitar - Cory Wright, clarinet - Rob Ewing, trombone - John Hanes, percussion
Led by San Francisco-based bassist, composer, and musical instigator Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner, Les Gwan Jupons is a new ensemble that plays folk and dance music from the French, Spanish, and English-speaking Caribbean, biguine from Martinique, calypso from Trinidad, cumbia from Colombia, son and bolero from Cuba. lesgwanjupons.bandcamp.com
11/4/12 Erik Jekabson String-tet
Erik Jekabson, trumpet - Mike Zilber, saxophone - Mads Tolling, violin - Charith Premawardhana, viola - John Wiitala, bass - Smith Dobson - percussion
Berkeley native Erik Jekabson is a trumpeter, composer, and educator with a sound that Allmusic Guide has described as "a perfect balance between melodic artistry and probing, knotty jazz improvisation." You might hear the influence of early Miles Davis in playing that comes across as crisp and precise, yet capable of soaring buoyantly into uncharted territory. His String-tet ensemble is a jazzy take on classical, and a classical take on jazz. erikjekabson.com
11/11/12 The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol & The Faye Carol Quartet
The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol - vocals - Marco Casasola - piano - Geechi Taylor, drums - Howard Wiley, saxophone - Marcus Shelby, bass
Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. Arranging jazz standards and other popular songs in her own way is nothing new to Carol, who began this decades ago, well before mixing genres such as hip-hop & jazz became so widely embraced. This Bay Area living legend remains true to her Mississippi roots infusing the blues into everything from Cole Porter to Michelle Legrand songs. She brings a powerhouse jazz quartet to serve as the foundation for her unique style and gift of connecting with the audience. fayecarol.com