Dave Weckl Acoustic Band – Monday, February 1, 2016

Dave Weckl Acoustic Band – Monday, February 1, 2016

Dave Weckl Acoustic Band Monday, February 1 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “One of the 25 best drummers of all-time.” – Modern Drummer An inductee into Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame, Dave Weckl, has recently embarked on his first solo project in over a decade with his new Acoustic Band. Featuring Gary Meek on saxophones, Makoto Ozone on keyboards and Tom Kennedy on bass, this group is filled to the brim with riveting chemistry and vibrant musical conversation. Weckl is a top-call session player, while Kennedy has been an East Coast scene mainstay and Ozone has developed a reputation as one of Japan’s finest pianists. For more than 25 years, Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation, amongst fans and musicians alike, as one of the world’s most influential drummers. His unrivaled discography spans jazz, rock and pop; from Diana Ross to Chick Corea to Robert Plant. A native of St. Louis, Weckl cut his teeth in the local scene before landing the Simon & Garfunkel reunion tour in 1983. That high-profile gig led to numerous, notable sessions and tours, including a seven-year period of work with Corea, which earned much acclaim, as well as a Grammy. Weckl is joined in this group by Ozone, who is one of Japan’s finest pianists and is known for his collaborations with legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton. Bassist Tom Kennedy is also a native son of St. Louis and has been a mainstay on the East Coast session scene since the mid-eighties. Gary Meek is known for his smooth and melodic saxophone tone, providing a perfect counterpart to the expressive and vocal quality of the Weckl/Kennedy rhythm section. This Acoustic Band is a true group...
Mads Tolling and the Mads Men featuring Kenny Washington –Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mads Tolling and the Mads Men featuring Kenny Washington –Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mads Tolling and the Mads Men featuring Kenny Washington Thursday, January 28 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “His music is both beautiful and refreshing…” – Jean Luc Ponty Violinist Mads Tolling, a former member of the Turtle Island Quartet and of bass legend Stanley Clarke’s band, has been leading his own exceptional groups since 2007. The two-time Grammy award-winning string-man has also performed with heavyweights Chick Corea, Kenny Barron and Ramsey Lewis. Leading a new project, the internationally renowned violinist is celebrating the music of the 60s Mad Men Era with his own distinctive style and innovative flair. The show debuted to much fanfare at the Historic El Campanil Theatre in Antioch, California. It is a fun and exciting program that is at once nostalgic as well as contemporary, and includes Academy Award-winning movie themes, popular TV classics, and top 10 hit recordings. Repertoire ranges from “Mission Impossible”, “The Pink Panther” and “Meet the Flintstones” to “Georgia on My Mind” and the love theme from “Romeo and Juliet.” A talented composer, Mads has an adventurous spirit that guides the listener to places we didn’t know a violin could go. The Mads Men features Colin Hogan on piano; Sam Bevin on bass; Eric Garland on drums, plus featuring the silky smooth vocals of Kenny Washington. Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mads Tolling began studying violin while still a young child. At the age of 20, he moved to the United States to study music at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2003, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from their music program. Some of his future gigs came out...
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Featuring Raul Midón, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, and Gregory Hutchinson – Monday, January 25

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Featuring Raul Midón, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, and Gregory Hutchinson – Monday, January 25

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Featuring Raul Midón, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, and Gregory Hutchinson Monday, January 25 Kuumbwa Jazz Center The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour All-Star band will perform at Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Monday, January 25 as part of their 28-date national tour. The 2016 line-up includes Raul Midón on guitar and vocals; Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophones; Nicholas Payton on trumpet; musical director Gerald Clayton on piano; Joe Sanders on bass; and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. Each concert will feature an assortment of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by band members. Members of the Tour have deep relationships with Monterey Jazz Festival and have a commitment to the cultivation of jazz audiences worldwide. Raul Midón has appeared at Monterey three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2015. Ravi Coltrane made the first of his three Monterey appearances in 2001, nearly 41 years to the day after his own father, John Coltrane, made his Monterey debut in 1960. Ravi also appeared at the Festival in 2013 and 2015. Nicholas Payton was the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2000, and appeared again in 2015. Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, and Gregory Hutchinson have been recent performers on Monterey stages, both at the Monterey Jazz Festival itself, and as high school students at the Festival’s 45-year old student competition, the Next Generation Jazz Festival. Musical Director Gerald Clayton, a scholarship and soloist award winner at Monterey’s 2000 and 2001 springtime Next Generation Jazz Festival, made trio appearances at MJF in 2010 and 2012 with Joe Sanders, and recently performed in 2014 in duo with Charles...
Wallace Roney Group – Friday, January 22, 2016

Wallace Roney Group – Friday, January 22, 2016

Wallace Roney Group Friday, January 22 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Wallace Roney’s artistry radiates…” – Jazz Review.com Wallace Roney evokes the innovative style pioneered by Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis like no other trumpeter today. A contemporary extension of the hard bop tradition, Roney’s personal sound is engaging, thoughtful, and energetic. In his early days as a sideman, Wallace was a welcome addition in the bands of drum legends Art Blakey, Tony Williams, and Elvin Jones. His current group is powered by another highly-respected percussionist, Lenny White of Return to Forever fame, whose intrepid drumming underscores the deft musicianship of pianist Anthony Wonsey, bassist Rashaan Carter, and saxophonist Benjamin Solomon. Roney’s latest recording is Understanding on High Note Records. A Philadelphia native, Roney showed signs of being a prodigy even before entering elementary school. He started serious music studies, learning how to sight read, at five years of age. The following year he started trumpet lessons. When he turned seven, he won a scholarship to the Settlement School of Music. At twelve, Roney was the youngest member of the Philadelphia brass ensemble, an adjunct of the Philadelphia Orchestra. It was during this time that young Wallace met trumpet legend Clark Terry. Terry, a former mentor for Miles Davis, took the budding trumpeter under his wing, teaching him all of the jazz techniques that he was not getting from his previous teachers who were primarily classical musicians. Roney eventually transferred to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. He was only fifteen when he was offered the trumpet chair in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Although his...
Nir Felder – Monday, January 18, 2016

Nir Felder – Monday, January 18, 2016

Nir Felder Monday, January 18 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…the next big jazz guitarist…” – NPR Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, hailed by the New York Times as a “whiz kid”, and dubbed “incredible” by the Montreal Gazette, Nir Felder is a new voice in jazz guitar. Within the playing of guitarist Nir Felder you can hear the strains of many influences, from Jimi Hendrix to John Coltrane and many points in-between. After formative gigs with Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington, the Berklee College of Music grad released Golden Age, his debut as a bandleader in 2014. The album’s original compositions deal with the themes of political, cultural and technological upheaval and blur the lines between jazz, rock and hip-hop. Despite being wide-ranging in influence, the album retains a pensive and thoughtful tone throughout, with plenty of sonic twists and turns that thrill. Raised in the suburbs of New York City, Felder spent his early days as a musician playing in rock bands and learning about jazz at his local record store. After receiving encouraging praise for his playing while at Berklee and during his early stints as a sideman, he began performing out with his own group in 2010, performing packed shows in New York and across Europe. During that time his band featured a who’s who of local musicians and special guests. As Felder notes, “I felt like when we played, no matter who was in the band, the audience reacted in a way that let us know that what we were doing was something they felt was in their musical experience, something they...
Tony Lindsay Presents: The Music of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and Bill Withers – Thursday, January 14

Tony Lindsay Presents: The Music of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and Bill Withers – Thursday, January 14

Tony Lindsay Presents: The Music of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and Bill Withers Thursday, January 14 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Tony Lindsay is a Bay Area treasure. His longtime fans know him as a founding member of the popular r&b/jazz group Spang-a-Lang and as an amazing, passionate singer. His smooth, soulful vocal work with Santana – an association that has stretched over twenty years – spearheaded the guitar legend’s accession to eleven Grammy awards. Besides Santana, Lindsay has performed or recorded with Al Jarreau, Tevin Campbell, Steve Winwood, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, and Aretha Franklin – just part of a long list of top-tier international artists. With his most recent solo recording, Memoirs: Songs from the Past, Lindsay focuses on his roots and early influences, paying tribute to the music of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, and Bill Withers. Joining Lindsay are powerful vocalists Nicolas Beard and Fred Ross. Internationally renowned vocalist, Nicolas Bearde, is a jazz singer of remarkable depth, range and technique who has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences worldwide for his ‘buttery baritone’ and deeply imaginative interpretations. For the past 20 years, Beard has also delighted audiences with his vocal stylings as a member of Bobby McFerrin’s wildly innovative a cappella ensemble, “Voicestra”, while carving out his own distinctive solo career. San Francisco native Fred Ross has been singing professionally since the age of 16. He has toured with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, and most recently Tower of Power. Ross recorded on Aretha Franklin’s gold record A Rose is Still a Rose. When not on the road with an array of r&b and...