The acclaimed All-Star instrumental ensemble, famous for interpretations of classic Grateful Dead songs with jazz influences, returns in 2023 to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Co-founder Alphonso Johnson will be joined by Steve Kimock, Pete Lavezzoli & Bobby Lee Rodgers, performing Grateful Dead’s ‘Wake of The Flood’ marking it’s 50th Anniversary, in addition to other beloved selections. Jazz Is Dead XXV ‘reunites’ two greats! Steve Kimock & Alphonso Johnson, who together in heavyweight post-Garcia Grateful Dead off-shoot The Other Ones together with Bob Weir, commanded the instrumental prowess of that band.
Formed in 1998 by bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report, Santana, Bobby & The Midnites, The Other Ones), drummer Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bobby & The Midnites), keyboardist T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs) & guitarist Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Widespread Panic), with drummers Rod Morgenstern (Dixie Dregs) & Jeff Sipe (Leftover Salmon) replacing Cobham in1999, and guitarist Jeff Pevar (CSN, David Crosby CPR, Phil Lesh & Friends) replacing Herring in 2000, recorded 3 acclaimed albums, the second of which ‘Laughing Water’ in 1999 was in fact an instrumental ‘Wake of The Flood’ reinterpretation -so there is precedent. That album also featured Derek Trucks, Donna Jean Godchaux & Vassar Clements.
On Laughing Water, the fusion ensemble Jazz Is Dead one-ups the band that it sets out to honor. Laughing Water is a superior remake of the Grateful Dead's rather ordinary rock album Wake of the Flood. Fortunately, you don't have to be a Deadhead to appreciate this album. Laughing Water not only fuses jam-rock with jazz, but it possesses a country-bluesy Americana flavor. The songs on Laughing Water are long and improvisational, but they seldom grow boring. From a purely technical standpoint, each musician in Jazz Is Dead is a superior player to his counterpart in the Grateful Dead. But unlike many pop-jazz remakes of rock albums, Laughing Water manages to capture the rock 'n roll animus of the original. The communal carefree spirit of tie-died counter culturalism lives on in this music. Not only should Deadheads come away happy, but fusion freaks and aficionados of improvisational rock should, too.–Ed Kopp, All About Jazz 1999
Alphonso Johnson, Steve Kimock, Pete Lavezzoli, Bobby Lee Rodgers
Get ready to surrender to the irresistible allure of toe-tapping grooves and infectious beats, as our talented student musicians showcase an exhilarating array of styles and groundbreaking musical works. Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance that will have you grooving in your seats and dancing to the irresistible pulse of jazz.
Immerse yourself in the grandeur and vibrant sounds of both the SCU Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as they fill the Mission Santa Clara with classic and contemporary pieces.
Join SCU faculty pianist Teresa McCollough, applied faculty violinist Rebecca Jackson-Picht, cellist Katie Youn, along with violist Jessica Chang in a varied program beginning with strings and ending with perhaps the most painfully autobiographical of Brahms’s instrumental works, his Piano Quartet in C Minor.
Small Art Music Projects will present The Crushing Spiral Ensemble at ODC Theater on Sunday, October 29 at 3pm. Comprised of the most adventurous and celebrated SF-Bay Area musicians, The Crushing Spiral Ensemble will perform the music of award-winning Composer - Matt Small. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a gifted San Francisco bassist and composer whose alluringly original music draws on a rich range of classical, jazz and indigenous music", Small will be performing with Steve Adams, Cory Wright, Beth Schenck, Erika Oba, Motoko Honda, Chris Grady, Henry Hung, Michael Pinkham, and Jon Arkin.
Grammy- nominated Larry Goldings + Tap dancer extraordinaire Melinda Sullivan, with David Piltch on bass and special guest vocalist, India Carney An unlikely and extraordinary duo. Larry (piano, keyboards) and Melinda (tap dancing) present an evening of eclectic music and tap dance that is both inventive and joyful. Over 1 million views on their collaborative videos online. “Melinda Sullivan-an extraordinary jazz musician-Larry Goldings a phenomenal pianist-this pairing is such an awesome experience. I am a super fan of this blending of all things rhythmic and melodic. I have never seen anything quite like it-I was literally blown away! If you get a chance to see Melinda and Larry, RUN don’t walk-it is breath-taking, refreshing,totally unique and will leave you screaming to see and hear more!!” -David Foster "Larry and Melinda knock me out. They're both incredible, and I'm already a big fan. Check it out." -Dr. Steve Gadd
Marina Pacowski, born in France and based in LA, is an award-winning jazz vocalist and concert pianist. A true improvising vocalist, she has performed at The Jazz Bakery and The Lighthouse and was featured in a tribute to Kenny Burrell at Catalina. She received a Jazz Excellence Award at Vitello’s (presented by KJazz’s Rhonda Hamilton) and was a special guest at Catalina for the Salute to Black Legends, honoring Ella Fitzgerald. On piano, she has toured internationally, performing extensively in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as the US. Composers write virtuosic pieces for her, and she has recorded a piano concerto written for her by Frank Proto, accompanied by Cincinnati Symphony soloists. Her new Summit Records CD “Inner Urge” features a who’s who: Joel Frahm, John Clayton, Roy McCurdy, Josh Nelson, Jon Mayer, Brent Fischer, Peter Erskine, Larry Koonse, Carl Saunders, Nolan Shaheed, Bevan Manson, Mark Massey, Mike Gurrola, and Scott Whitfield.
Rose Colella sings Tony Bennett Join New York Times-featured jazz vocalist Rose Colella for an elegant evening celebrating the life & musical legacy of one of our most treasured jazz singers, Tony Bennett. Through stories and song, Rose's quintet will present unique arrangements of Tony's greatest hits from the dreamy "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" to the provocative "I Wanna Be Around," along with hidden gems from his early recordings. Featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune & LA Jazz Scene, Los Angeles-based jazz vocalist Rose Colella has also received mention in All About Jazz, JAZZIZ, NPR's A Blog Supreme & TimeOut NYC, describing her as “elegantly tipsy,” “pure seduction,” “cooly coquettish” & “beautiful and inviting." The Rose Colella Quintet: Rose Colella, vocals Carey Frank, piano Rick Shaw, bass Bernie Dresel, drums Frank Fontaine, saxaphone rosecolella.com
Professional Entertainer and Jazz Musician, Kirk Andrés Wilson continues to display rare qualities of many talents in a new world of music performance. A regular attraction at Downtown Disneyland for more than ten years, local fans, as well as internationals often made special reservations to catch one of Kirk’s shows. Growing up near New Orleans, He delivers a very soulful sound on vocals, with a deep jazz heritage on piano and a smooth jazz sound on guitar. While performing seven styles of jazz, he also includes a touch of R&B in his repertoire. He has performed at most of Los Angeles’ premier venues as well as many touring performances in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Wilson's 2017 released single, "Wonderful World" reached number 9 in Billboard Magazine. Experience performing with many Grammy Winning Artists seems to add to his comfort and command of the stage. Band features Grammy award winning musicians, Land Richard’s, Edwin Livingston, George Bell and a few guests TBA
Joined by his 8-horn big band and several guest vocalists, Brian Clemens will be taking you on a musical journey with highlights from his recent album release, “Beneath the Blue. From the jaunty Afro-Cuban energy of the original tune “Callout!” to the sentimental and moving modulations in “Twilight Time”, the album features a diverse range of sounds and styles. The show will also feature an exciting and entertaining mix of jazz favorites, R&B, and some surprises. Guest singers include the talented Maria Schafer, Anna Crumley, and Andrea Miller. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brian Clemens finds his musical influences and roots in legendary pianists such as Oscar Peterson and arranging styles in the work of Billy May. Upon completion of his Master’s, Brian has established himself as a pianist and arranger in the vast Southern California music scene. In late October, he will be bringing his “Beneath the Blue” show to several European cities such as London and Amsterdam.
Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer who has toured with genre-blurring artists, notably Stewart Copeland, Mike Garson and Quatuor Ebène. Marlon is the protégé of mentor Stanley Clarke, a classical graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and he studied with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter in New York City. His big band Marlonius Jazz Orchestra presents his original music and revitalizes the music of Billy Strayhorn, including lesser known masterpieces. Josie James is a Grammy Award nominated singer, songwriter and radio personality. Josie is equally at home on the concert stage or in the recording studio with a track record like Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau and Burt Bacharach. She sings a wide variety of music influenced by R&B, gospel, pop and jazz. Jazz funk- fusion fans remember Josie James as the lead vocalist of the original George Duke Band (“talk to me quick!”), and sang on most of George’s albums including Duke’s last release Dreamweaver.
This Evening Will Feature the Performance of Greg Adams & East Bay Soul. The sound of Grammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter, arranger Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. As a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. With countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Adams has made his mark on a broad stretch of today’s musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and funk.
Friends feature some of LA’s finest session and touring musicians. They play Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and R&B co-led by saxophonist Robert Kyle and Bassist Hussain Jiffry. These musicians have toured around the globe and have recorded with the who’s who in music.