Paul Contos Quintet – Thursday, November 3

Paul Contos Quintet Thursday, November 3 ½ Price Night for Students “…involved in jazz performance and education for over 40 years.” – SFJazz.org An inspiration in the formation of Kuumbwa Jazz Center, educator/saxophonist Paul Contos has shared the stage with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Heath Brothers, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, and many others. Contos leads a quintet of “Young Lions” on the rise for a night of original and new music featuring Erik Telford (trumpet) and the powerful rhythm section of Milton Fletcher (piano), Dan Robbins (bass), and Jason Lewis (drums). Most well known for his dedication to mentoring and teaching high-school to college age musicians from Monterey to San Francisco (and all points between) – many of whom have grown to develop professional careers – Contos is a fantastic performer and composer in his own right. He indeed has, for over 40 years now, performed nearly everywhere in both the Bay Area and beyond – between his work in teaching, workshops and directing – shared stages with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, and too many others to list. He has also recorded with Peter Erskine, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Alex Acuña, and many, many others. Most recently he held the chair of Artist in Residence for Kuumbwa Jazz Center 2010 – 2012). Contos is supported by four fine players: Erik Telford (trumpet) was – from his teens – closely associated with the Monterey Jazz Festival. As a senior in high school, he became the first recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a...