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
Friday 7:00 -10:00 pm
Friday, October 3, 2014
Terrence Brewer Trio
Terrence Brewer - Guitar, Robb Fisher - Acoustic Bass, Greg Wyser-Pratt - Drums
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.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Dave Rocha Quartet
Dave Rocha on Trumpet, Eddie Mendenhall on piano, Fred Randolph on bass, Tony Johnson on drums
Dave Rocha has been performing with his jazz group for more than 20 years. He has played in major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
The band plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards (Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, etc.) “pop” tunes (Cole Porter, Gershwin and Jobim) and original compositons. This covers a wide variety of styles from up-tempo bebop, “modal” tunes, swing and blues, to latin jazz, ballads and jazz waltz.
In addition to his trumpet expertise, Rocha is also an accomplished flugelhorn player. This instrument is similar to the trumpet, but has a larger bell, which gives it a darker, mellower sound.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Bryan Girard Trio
Bryan Girard - Saxophone, Jeff Massanari - Guitar, Tim Campbell - Keyboards
A veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene, saxophonist Bryan Girard has performed in virtually every major venue with many of the region's top musicians.
He has performed in numerous festivals as well as stints in Europe, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Bryan performs with his own quartet, trio, and a unique duo called "Three's a Crowd". He is currently recording a second CD under his own name and, as a member of several groups, has appeared on various other musicians' recordings.
Bryan has performed with many local and national stars—pianists Frank Martin, Nina sheldon, Richie Crabtree of the Mastersounds and the late Oakland legend Ed Kelly, guitarists Calvin Keyes (formerly with Ahmad Jamal), Brian Pardo (Stan Getz), Barry Finnerty (Miles Davis), bassist Chris Amberger (Art Blakey), percussionists Danny Spencer (Joe Henderson), David Rokeach (Ray Charles) and Babatunde Lea, as well as prominent vocalists Denise Perrier, Ed Reed, Brenda Boykin, Frankye Kelly, Lavay Smith, Pamela Rose and Maye Cavallaro.
Some of the hundreds of venues where Bryan has performed include Yoshi’s, Piedmont Piano, Bach D&D, Rasella’s, Silo's, La Peña, Jupiter, Sweet Rhythm in New York and countless others. He is a regular at The Cliff House, Savanna Jazz, First St. Cafe in Benicia and the Plaza Bistro in Sonoma.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Noel Jewkes Trio
Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz music.
- Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike.
- “The best mainstream reedman in the Bay Area as of 1998. I don’t know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere.” Phil Elwood, S.F. Examiner
Friday, October 31, 2014 - TBA
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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