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Tim’s Six-Pick: January – March 2018

Lew Tabackin Trio with Boris Kozlov & Mark Taylor – Monday, January 15
Lew exemplifies the art of the trio…or in his case, the power trio. A master tenor saxophonist nodding towards Newk and Hawk, as well as an utterly unique flautist, Lew has a sound, spirit and power all his own.

 

 

Katie Thiroux Trio with Justin Kauflin & Matt Witek – Monday, January 29
Katie is truly finding her own voice. A masterful bassist, compelling singer and emerging composer, she is finding her place among the jazz elite. Joining her will be the incredible pianist Justin Kauflin and bassist Matt Witek.

 

 

Oaktown > NOLA – Thursday, February 15
Wil Blades, the Bay Area’s own B-3 master, has put together one heck of a band. With Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, Mike Clark on drums and the legendary Linda Tillery on vocals, get ready for some deep soul.

 

 

Fabian Almazan & Rhizome – Wednesday, March 7
You may have seen pianist/composer Fabian at Kuumbwa already with either Terence Blanchard or Mark Guiliana. His group is Rhizome and their new recording is Alcanza. It’s a dynamic blend of piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, and strings. Let’s support new composers!

 

 

The Suffers – Friday, March 9
A soulful group that made it’s Monterey Jazz Festival debut in 2017, with hundreds of tour dates under their belt and an uplifting blend of a broad array of influences, described by NPR as “…part Archie Bell & The Drells and part James Brown, with a touch of New Orleans and even Jamaican reggae.”

 

 

Jazzmeia Horn – Monday, March 26
A winner of both the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition and the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia’s career is taking off. Her new recording, A Social Call showcases this blossoming talent. Catch her now and you will be glad you did.