Lucian Ban-Mat Maneri “Transylvanian Concert”

Lucian Ban-Mat Maneri “Transylvanian Concert”

Thursday, October 31, 7:00 PM Lucian Ban-Mat Maneri “Transylvanian Concert” $20/Adv $23/Door Halloween Special! Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “a gorgeously melodic and moody collection” – Baltimore City Paper When Romanian-born pianist Lucian Ban and Grammy-nominated violinist Mat Maneri joined up for a concert in an opera house in the middle of Romania’s Transylvania region, the music was, as JazzTimes puts it, “as close as it gets to Goth jazz.”  Released as a live album by ECM, the Transylvanian Concert has now spawned a tour, presenting a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, informed by the traditions of both jazz and European chamber music, making for the perfect Halloween soundtrack. www.lucianban.com...
Patricia Barber Trio

Patricia Barber Trio

Monday, October 28, 7:00 PM Patricia Barber Trio $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored by Daphne and Stuart Wells “…smart songs about the way we think and live.” – New York Times The street-smart metaphors and black comedy Patricia Barber uses in her lyrics have a tendency to smash gloriously against her jagged piano phrases. They are then fused back together by her sinuous and smoky alto voice, making for a truly one-of-a-kind musical experience. Her new album, Smash (Concord Jazz), features a new band and a fresh batch of compositions. An intelligent and committed songwriter, Barber tackles the familiar subjects of ‘love and loss,’ but with nuance and depth. Quirky, insistently independent and emotionally cool, she’s attracted a dedicated following with her rigorous songwriting craft and sly, harmonically deft piano work. Patrick Mulcahy – Bass Ross Pederson – Drums...
Steve Wilson ‘Opportunity Knocking’ CD Release Party

Steve Wilson ‘Opportunity Knocking’ CD Release Party

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 PM Steve Wilson ‘Opportunity Knocking’ CD Release Party $12/Adv $15/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM 2013 Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Award for Best Local Musician A trombonist, vocalist, composer/arranger, and educator Steve Wilson covers all the bases as he cooks up a tasty musical smorgasbord of straight-ahead jazz, funk, Latin jazz, and Brazilian grooves. His brilliant trombone playing and vocals are ably supported by an ace rhythm section of Marshall Otwell on piano; Dan Robbins on bass; and Olaf Schiappicasse on drums. The trio is also featured with Wilson on his new CD release, Opportunity Knocking, along with two special guest artists, guitar legend Mundell Lowe and acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Marshall Otwell – piano Gino Raugi – guitar Brad Hecht – tenor sax and clarinet Jessica Lowe-Wilson – vocals Dan Robbins – bass Olaf Schiappicasse – drums...
John Medeski in Concert, Solo Piano

John Medeski in Concert, Solo Piano

Friday, October 18, 7:30 PM John Medeski in Concert, Solo Piano $20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:30 PM “…a stunningly original solo set…” – Chicago Tribune Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on being unpredictable. This is a trait that fans of his popular trio group, Medeski, Martin & Wood, have come to greatly admire about the powerhouse musician. His newest project is certainly a new venture for Medeski and his fans, but one that has been received with rapture. The solo piano album titled, A Different Time is filled with gentle, ruminative and chiming piano explorations. Medeski implores the listener to “get lost in the music.”  It certainly is ‘a different time,’ and it’s most definitely an enjoyable one....
The Steve Lehman Trio featuring Matt Brewer and Damion Reid

The Steve Lehman Trio featuring Matt Brewer and Damion Reid

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 PM The Steve Lehman Trio featuring Matt Brewer and Damion Reid $20/Adv $23/Door ½ PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “[…a] dazzling saxophonist…” – New York Times When described as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz,” (The Guardian UK), the bar gets set pretty high. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is delivering the goods, though. A native New Yorker, Lehman has a global fan-base, yet still receives accolades such as #1 Jazz Album of 2009 by his “hometown paper” The New York Times. A studious player, his music is bound in tradition, yet he and his trio create powerful forward momentum, framed around Lehman’s diamond-sharp tone. His trio, with bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Damion Reid, released the eclectic Dialect Flourescent in 2012, which was included on many year-end ‘best-of’ lists. www.stevelehman.com Steve Lehman Trio on...

Paula West

Monday, October 14, 7:00 PM Paula West $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “…a swinging pop-jazz sophisticate in the tradition of Lena Horne and Carmen McRae” – New York Times
 With a particular dusky soulfulness, San Francisco jazz treasure Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Known and respected for her creative and distinct repertoire, West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses. Her affinity for Dylan and McCartney and other contemporary balladeers demonstrates her “refusal to be bound by categories,” according to The New York Times. Her nights at the Algonquin Hotel’s famed Oak Room in New York have earned her three straight New York magazine Nightlife awards as “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist.” Wests’ powerful contralto voice paired with her insinuating sense of swing, make her a vocalist not to be...