All concerts are Free and start at 6 pm
2016 In Review
Featuring: Sheldon Brown – Saxophone
Michael Zilber – Saxophone
Erik Jekabson – Trumpet
Dave Scott – Trumpet
Doug Morton - Trumpet
Alan Hall – Drums
Jorda Samuel – Guitar
The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra is San Francisco's own 17 piece big band that plays music composed and arranged by its members, which include some of the very best of the Bay Area's jazz musicians. The composers and arrangers draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety.
Charles Hamilton is best known nationally and internationally for leading the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble for 28 years, after teaching ten years at the elementary and middle school level. With the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, he was a regular at Montreux Jazz Festival, Vienne, Perugia, Umbria, Rome, Paris, and three tours to Japan. He maintained a local performing career with such luminaries as Joe Henderson (also at the Hollywood Bowl), Fred Barry Big Band, Karlton Hester Big Band, Khalil Shaheed and the Big Belly Blues Band, The Marcus Shelby Big Band, Babatunde Lea (Healdsburg Jazz Festival), to name a few. He has headlined at Yoshi’s Jazz Club (Oakland), the Freight and Salvage, the California Jazz Conservatory, Birdland Jazzista Social Club, 57th Street Gallery, and many others. He toured with the Dimensions Dance Troupe of Oakland to the Jerash International Cultural Festival in Amman, Jordan, performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands with Ghasem Batamuntu, and played “traditional” jazz at the Victoria Jazz Festival and Bilbao, in Spain. He created the San Francisco Bay Jazz Band; at the invitation of the US State Department, he took them to Asia twice (Viet Nam and China), in a cultural goodwill ambassador tour. Charles Hamilton continues to record with various local and international artists. Of all artists on the Global Recording Artists label, “Charles Hamilton and Beyond: Mr Hamudah,” his album of original jazz tunes, enjoys the second most hits on Spotify and Pandora, beating out perennial San Francisco rock stars the Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe Mac Donald, and others. He has taught at San Jose State and Cañada College. He is an advisor to the California Jazz Conservatory, where he also teaches. He is currently directing the UC Santa Cruz Big Band Jazz Ensemble, and is only the second jazz educator ever to receive the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts “Distinguished Teacher in the Arts” Award.
Second-generation Jazz master, Roger Glenn, multi-instrumentalist, composer and entertainer on the flute, sax, clarinet and vibraphone, is the son of the late Tyree Glenn, one of 57 notable jazz musicians pictured in the historic photo “A Great Day in Harlem,” and who worked with jazz icons including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong.
Roger has performed, toured and recorded with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, Rosemary Clooney, Herbie Mann and Pete Escovedo. His flute playing is featured on the Grammy-award winning album “La Onda Va Bien” with Cal Tjader, as well as many notable recordings by Donald Byrd, Peaches and Herb, ConFunkShun, and Bobby Hutcherson.
In addition to his own Roger Glenn Latin Jazz Ensemble and The San Francisco Jazz Quartet, he most recently has been touring as a special guest with Taj Mahal, Kurt Elling, and The Count Basie Orchestra. Roger Glenn Jazz Organ Trio toured the west coast as the opening act for the legendary Steely Dan (spring 2015).
2015 In Review
June 9, 2015
Charles McPherson (sax), Peter Horvath (piano), Austin Harris, (drums), Jeff Chambers (bass)
Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Detroit at age nine. After growing up in Detroit, he studied with renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Barry Harris, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), and George Coleman (tenor sax).
Mr. McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own variety of groups, consisting of quartets, quintets to full orchestras. He was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements with a seven-piece ensemble. He has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others.Charles & Mike WoffordCharles and Mike Wofford during a San Diego gig in the late 80s McPherson has recorded as guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed “Manhattan Nocturne.”
Charles was also the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film “Bird,” a biography about Charlie Parker.
July 14, 2015
Paula West - vocals, Adam Shulman - piano, John Wiitala - bass, Greg Wyser-Pratt - drums
Paula West hasn't made "New York, New York" part of her repertoire yet, but the San Francisco-based jazz singer is carrying on a torrid affair with the city that never sleeps. What's gratifying for her Bay Area fans is that the passion is entirely mutual. Without the benefit of major label backing, West has become Manhattan's most visible and acclaimed jazz vocalist, one of the only singers who moves effortlessly between New York's most prestigious cabarets, jazz clubs and theaters, including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In May she's booked for a week long run at the Jazz Standard, and in the fall she settles into the Algonquin Hotel for her annual engagement at the storied Oak Room. Back in January, she headlined at Columbia University's Miller Theater, flew back to the Bay Area, and then returned to the Big Apple the next week to accept the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist" at Town Hall, her third consecutive triumph (or the fourth... if you count 2004, when she shared top honors with Dianne Reeves). by Andrew Gilbert, a writer based in the Berkeley area, covers jazz for several outlets, including the San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Boston Globe, JazzTimes, and KQED's California Report.
August 11, 2015
Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel
Latin Jazz: The perfect combination. The union of two musical traditions: Jazz, a truly original art form born in the United States, espouses the freedom in music that its birth nation represents to the world. Latin, a generic term meant to encompass the numerous dance and folkloric musical styles of the Caribbean. Latin Jazz: part African, part European, it is to some, the ultimate American musical expression.
The San Francisco Bay Area has been a historic hotbed for Latin Jazz artists. From Cal Tjader to Armando Peraza, John Santos to Wayne Wallace. The Latin jazz tradition has thrived in the Bay Area. It is from this tradition that The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel arrives. Led by drummer Brian Andres, the group was formed to contribute its own mark to that storied history. Featuring Grammy Award winning musicians as well as esteemed music educators, the ACJC never fails to perform its music at the highest level. The repertoire consists of original compositions as well as exciting original arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. He group is equally capable of performing a dance or concert repertoire, as well as educational presentations such as lectures, workshops or instruction focused on the musical instrumentation, composition and arranging or cultural significance and history of the music they perform.
September 8, 2015
Roberta Donnay and the Prohibition Mob Band
Musicians can take on the role of anthropologist, curious about what came before in music and how musicians reflected their world around them. Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay is that rare species of musician who almost lives in another time, as she and her Prohibition Mob Band exist to revive the Jazz Age of America.
On the heels of their beloved A Little Sugar release comes their second Motéma Music release, Bathtub Gin (January 20) which, like A Little Sugar, mines 1920s gems but also takes the listener on a stroll into the 1930s. A seductive vocalist, Donnay and her band swing mightily with this authentic collection of vintage jazz, blues and swing that introduces listeners to the swing era with its jump-swing rhythmic horn sections and new dances. Donnay also includes four party-rousing shout-chorus originals that evoke and revive the open spirit that birthed jazz.
The petite redhead with the engaging smile has great passion behind her enthusiasm for the Prohibition era and American roots music. Besides the music, one of my favorite things about this music is the spunk it reveals, a survival spirit. The women who sang – and in some cases wrote – these songs are heroic to me. Their attitude and energy is strong, confident, courageous, humorous and vibrant. They're no pushovers for any man. Women and men alike were wrestling with massive changes in society and the world. Jazz was their freedom music.
2014 in Review
Tuesday, June 10thOctobop
Tuesday, July 8thNicolas Bearde Quintet
Special thank you to our Patrons Darius and Sarah Andersonfor supporting community FREE Live Jazz!
2013 in Review
Our Patron for this concert is
Tuesday, September 10thPianist Stephanie OzerPhoto: Robbi Pengelly Stephanie Ozer - Piano, Claudia Villela (vocals) - you may know of her - killer Brazilian vocalist (claudiavillela.com), Mary Fettig - Flute, Saxes
Peter Barshay - Bass, Kendrick Freeman - Drums
Hope you did not miss these great concerts in the plaza this year!Tuesday, June 11thMontclair Womens Big Bandhttp://montclairwomensbigband.com/
Jazz PatronDarius and Sarah Anderson
Tuesday, July 9th
Bobi Cespesdes http://bobicespedes.com/
Tuesday, August 13thMads TollingThis concert is dedicated in memory of Judy Groff Mads Tollling - Violin, Dave Mac Nab - guitar, Sam Bevan - bass, Eric Garland - drumshttp://madstolling.com/
Thank you to our
This is just to let you know how much we enjoyed the jazz concert of Charles McNeal and band. They are what we consider "Great Traditional Jazz!" Having Dana Land sing with him was a real treat.
Thanks for the concert.
Marianne and George Paul
Hope to see them again!
Thank you for last nights concert. ..
It was fantastic! Thank you to the Jazz Society and to the Anderson's who's contributions never seem to end in our little town - we are so blessed to have their valuable participation in our neck of the woods. . . The Nicolas Bearde Quintet was nothing short of AMAZING last night and I so enjoyed it that I could not leave . . . It was great to see the list of other sponsors as well and I hope that contributions were up - the dancing was amazing as was 'little Phoenix!'. . ..
What a great night!
Thank you again!
THIS IS OUR 26th SEASON!
The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society produces four FREEOutdoor Concerts every year which are held in the City of Sonoma Plaza, Grinstead Amphitheatre, every second Tuesday, June through September, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
Presented in association with the Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market, this great family and community event attracts people of all ages who listen to and learn about America‘s true art form, jazz.
Come on out, bring a picnic and enjoy some great live jazz.
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