420 First Street East Sonoma, CA 95476 phone 707.996.4466
Presents in conjunction with The Plaza Bistro
Jazz in the Backroom
Dinner Reservations suggested - open seating at wine bar
Fridays 7:00 -10:00 pm
Friday December 19, 2014
Mad & Eddie Duran
Madaline Duran - Saxophones
Eddie Duran - Guitar
Eddie Duran was born in 1925 in San Francisco into a musical family of Mexican heritage. “Our parents loved music and never objected to our following a musical career,” he says. Django Reinhardt was Eddie’s first inspiration, followed by Charlie Christian “ “He was the big one for electric guitar in a jazz band” “ Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney and Tal Farlow, who like Eddie, were known for their bright swinging melodicism.
Although he did take a year of lessons, Eddie considers himself and “ear player.” “Music is this spiritual and intangible thing, and you’ve got
to feel it coming out of you.” He was a professional at the age of 15, and in the heyday of the San Francisco bebop scene, he played and recorded with such Fantasy stars as Vince Guaraldi, Red Norvo, and Cal Tjader, as well as with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz George Shearing, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Benny Goodman, Pearl Bailey and Barbara Streisand. In the 1980s Eddie recorded three albums as a leader for Concord Jazz Records, two of them nominated for Grammy Awards.
Madaline grew up in Belmont, south of San Francisco, and began playing clarinet when she was ten. “I heard a neighbor playing one and I liked the sound.” During her senior year she was selected as a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All Star Band. “At that point I was a classical player and hadn’t thought of jazz,” she admits. “I was out of my element, but the festival was so exciting, just to be around such greats as Oliver Nelson, John Lewis and Clark Terry.”
From that point jazz was a part of her musical life. She earned her degree in classical music at the University of Miami, but throughout she also played in the college big band and jazz ensembles. Meeting Eddie at the Cotati Jazz Festival provided the catalyst to choose music. They quickly established a personal and professional partnership, with Mad sitting in at Eddie’s San Francisco area gigs, playing sax and flute, and through his tutoring and encouragement, later becoming a full musical partner with Eddie. Herb Caen wrote in his San Francisco Chronicle column, “Mad Duran is just what jazz needs “ soul, swing and a breath of femininity.”
Mad and Eddie’s personal and professional bond brings out their shared love for each other and music. As Eddie loves to quip: “It’s a good life. I recommend it.
Friday, December 26th
Terrence Brewer Trio
Multiple-Award winning guitarist Terrence Brewer is a first-call and in-demand bandleader, record producer, concert performer, studio musician, and one of the San Francisco Bay area’s foremost and sought after music educators. Brewer has produced and released 8 nationally acclaimed albums on the record label he started in 2005, Strong Brew Music. Those albums have had several top 15 and top 10 appearances on the national jazz charts. Brewer has also performed to sold-out crowds at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, and the SFJAZZ Jazz Festival.
THE PLAZA BISTRO
Situated in an 1859 landmark building with a long colorful history, the Plaza Bistro offers a relaxing bistro style ambience, delectable wine country cuisine, including daily specials, fine wines and an indisputable social atmosphere.
What could be finer on a Friday evening than live jazz "On The Plaza"?
The Plaza Bistro offers relaxed atmosphere, a complete dinner menu if you so desire and a full bar for your favorite adult beverage.
The SVJS had teamed up with the folks at The Plaza Bistro to present live jazz Friday and Saturday evenings, 7 to 10 pm.
Join us at The Plaza Wine Bar for the best live entertainment in town: America's one true art form, JAZZ!
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