Billy Childs Quartet
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:30pm

Billy Childs

Jazz pianist/composer Billy Childs remains one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. Childs’ canon of original compositions and arrangements has garnered him the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), thirteen Grammy nominations, and four Grammy awards, most recently for Best Arrangement, Instrumental & Vocal (featuring Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma) in 2015 for ‘New York Tendaberry’ (from “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro’)

“He is a thoughtful observer of the jazz scene with a born educator’s insightful view of its many complexities. And, perhaps most importantly, Childs is an inventive composer and arranger whose efforts in those areas consistently expand the dimensions of the jazz genre – and beyond.” – The Los Angeles Times

Childs’ multiple musical interests also include collaborations, arrangements, and productions for other acclaimed artists, including Yo Yo Ma, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Chris Botti, and Leonard Slatkin, among others. He has received orchestral commissions from The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra.

Past Shows

Past Shows

Bill Charlap Trio
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 7:30pm

Bill Charlap

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y. He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin’s music at the Hollywood Bowl.

Kenny Washington

Kenny Washington has been a member of the Bill Charlap Trio for the past thirteen years and has performed and recorded with dozens of major artists, giving him a discography of hundreds of titles. Artists include Benny Carter, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Tommy Flanagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval and Benny Goodman. Washington is a noted jazz historian and radio personality. He currently serves on the faculties of Purchase College, State University of New York and The Juilliard School, teaching drums and jazz history.

Peter Washington

Peter Washington is one of the most in-demand and recorded bassists in modern jazz, with a discography of over 400 recordings. In 1986 he was invited by Art Blakey to join the Jazz Messengers in New York. From there Washington became part of two of jazz’s most celebrated trios: the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and for the past thirteen years, the Bill Charlap Trio. Washington’s freelance work roster is a “who’s who” of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

Denise Donatelli Quartet
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017, 7:30pm

Denise Donatelli

Denise Donatelli is one of today’s premiere jazz vocalists, alternating between jazz and adult contemporary with ease. Her last three (out of five) consecutive albums have received four GRAMMY® nominations, including her latest nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her most recent album “Find A Heart”

Described as a “musicianʼs singer” by the late saxophonist Phil Woods, Donatelli was raised on the East Coast and has been trained as a classical pianist. She turned to singing jazz and eventually moved to Los Angeles where she immediately found a home in the community of well-respected musicians.

Denise has headlined in recent years at Jazz At Lincoln Center, has performed at numerous jazz festivals and universities across the country where she has conducted vocal master classes. Her innate musicianship and pure tone have won her spots singing for television episodes of The Simpsons and numerous TV promos including Turner Classic Movies.

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Octet
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017, 7:30pm

Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, educator, and founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance performs throughout the world  as a Solo Artist, with his Orchestra, as well as with smaller ensembles. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Brooklyn College.

Arturo has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Joyce Theater (with Ballet Hispanico), Megaron Concert Hall (Athens, Greece), Kannai Hall (Yokohama, Japan), the Taichung Jazz Festival (Taichung, Taiwan), and at New York’s Symphony Space, where he and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra have been in residence since 2007.

A recognized composer, Arturo has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Music Project, Symphony Space, The Bronx  Museum of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the famous Apollo theater. He has also composed music for films, including Hollywoodland and Salud.

Carmen Lundy
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017, 7:30pm

Carmen Lundy

Jazz vocalist, arranger and composer Carmen Lundy began her professional career in Miami, then moved to New York City where she worked with numerous Jazz veterans throughout NY.  Her albums, fourteen in all,  have garnered both critical and popular acclaim and have consistently appeared on Top Ten lists for each year of release, especially the most recent “Soul To Soul”.

Lundy has taught master classes throughout the world and, in addition to being a multi-instrumentalist (Lundy played all the instruments on the 2009 release “Solamente”), she has been acting and is also a mixed media artist and painter.

Throughout her career, Lundy’s music has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times and Jazz Times among many others. Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners proclaimed January 25th “Carmen Lundy Day” and she received the keys to the City of Miami.

Joe Costello and Nicole Pesce
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016, 7:30pm

Joe Costello

Joe Costello has performed in various groups with some of the best jazz musicians in the world: bassist Ben Wolfe, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, saxophonist Jerry Weldon, trumpeter Tom Harrell and pianist Joel Weiskopf, to name a few. He also considers himself an accomplished rock, blues, funk and pop drummer.

Nicole Pesce

Pianist, keyboardist, composer (portfolio of more than 300 pieces) and arranger Nicole Pesce entertains audiences with her unique blend of virtuosity, humor and pizzazz.  Arizona Foothills Magazine honored Nicole with the “Best of 2014 Award” for Best Local Band/Musician and with a repertoire consisting of over 12,000 memorized songs, Nicole is often dubbed “the human iPod” and is recognized as one of the “top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix” by the Arizona Republic.

She has performed for Muhammad Ali, Ricky Martin, George Bush, Sr., Waylon Jennings, Taylor Hicks, Janet Napolitano, Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Carter, Chris Rock, Steve Nash, The Gypsy Kings, Verne Troyer and Brian Setzer. She’s appeared with American Idol contestant David Hernandez, The Moscow Ballet, Zowie Bowie, The Cast of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Mamma Mia, and White Christmas.

Omar Sosa and Joo Kraus duo
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016, 7:30pm

Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa is a Cuban-born composer-pianist-bandleader, musician extraordinaire composer, arranger, pianist, percussionist, improvisator and communicator. His Afro-Cuban based mix of jazz and world music is broadly expressive – full of power and passion, subtlety and grace. Omar draws from each culture he touches the energy and storytelling of hip-hop, the free-spirited experimentation of jazz, the heartfelt emotion of an Afro-Ecuadorian choir, the sensuality of popular Cuban music, the hypnotic trance of Gnawa ritual. The result is a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart.

Joo Kraus

Joo Kraus is an exceptional, award winning, German trumpeter and composer. His approach to music allows for new orchestrations, for combination of jazz, pop and rap as well as for new look at the music of the past. Thanks to his exciting arrangements they all emerge as fresh and relevant. His instrumental and compositional skills have been appreciated by many musical talents, among them: Omar Sosa, BAP, Tina Turner, Jazzkantine, De-Phazz, Mezzoforte, Klaus Doldinger and many more.

Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016, 7:30pm

Stefon Harris

Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current international jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike, the 40-year-old is committed to exploring both the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing new trails on the vibraphone.

Mr. Harris has performed at some of the world’s most distinguished concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall or The Sydney Opera House, to name just a few.

As an active educator, Mr. Harris conducts clinics and lectures throughout the country. He currently teaches at New York University and is Artist in Residence at Fontana Chamber Arts (Kalamazoo, MI) and University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has held similar posts with SF Jazz, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and The Monk Institute in Los Angeles.

Hot Club of San Francisco
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016, 7:30pm

Hot Club of San Francisco

The Hot Club of San Francisco, an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France with style and panache. Often called gypsy jazz, the “intricate, scorching and often brilliant” music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years.

It borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Featuring the amazing violin of twice GRAMMY® Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine, guitar of Jordan Samuels and bass of Sam Rocha, the group never fails to surprise and delight.

To hear the ensemble live is to be carried back to the 1930’s and the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris and the refined lounge of the famous Hotel Ritz.

Bill Cunliffe
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016, 7:30pm

Bill Cunliffe

Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. He began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name.

Bill was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley,” on the album “Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson” (Resonance Records, 2009) and in addition to receiving five Grammy nominations, he is also a two-time Emmy nominee.

He is a Distinguished Faculty Member of the College of the Arts at Cal State Fullerton and teaches also at the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Vail Jazz Workshop.

Bill currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs in the U.S. and around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras.

Alfredo Rodriguez
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 7:30pm

Alfredo Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba as the son of a popular singer, television presenter and entertainer of the same name. He began his formal music education at seven. He entered the world of jazz and improvisation at 15 when an uncle gave him Keith Jarrett’s “The Köln Concert”“.

“Until then it had been all Bach, Mozart and Beethoven,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t know anything about improvisation and “The Köln Concert” changed my life.”

Since he started his professional career he searched different styles and different rhythms of Cuban music. He explored Conga Santiaguera [a rhythm from Santiago, in Eastern Cuba], Afro-Cuban music, and also Música Guajira [country music]. Rodriguez continues to explore the roots and is searching for his own contribution to Cuban music. He also embraces the music of the Yoruba-rooted, Afro-Cuban religion, better known in the U.S. as Santería.

Quincy Jones, Rodríguez’s champion and mentor, calls him “one of the most prolific and gifted jazz pianists of the 21st century”.