Larry Vuckovich ( piano) | Jeff Chambers ( bass) | Jason Lewis ( percussion) | december 21st
Larry Vuckovich brings his Powerhouse Trio to the Inverness Ridge, bringing his unique, original repertoire, which takes the audience on a musical journey. The selections will range from swinging contemporary bebop to, Latin/Brazilian, Balkan ethnic world music, tango jazz, bluesy funky Boogaloo material, classical music selections transformed to jazz, rare beautiful standards, touches of flamenco jazz, plus more.
Larry Vuckovich (piano)
Pianist Larry Vuckovich has an amazing history of performing with a huge number of jazz greats who span a wide range of different styles. Some of them are Dexter Gordon, Mel Torme, Bobby Hutcherson, Jon Hendricks, Tony Bennett, Bobby McFerrin, great Latin percussionist Jose Mangual (who recorded with Charlie Parker), Vince Guaraldi, Wes Montgomery, Chet Baker, to name just a few. Originating from the former Yugoslavia, the state of Montenegro, introduced Larry to the ethnic music of the Balkans and Middle East. With this rich background, Larry developed a Beyond Category repertoire, recognizing him as one of the most versatile pianists in all of jazz.
Jeff Chambers (Bass)
Bassist Jeff Chambers masterfully breaks the conventionally accepted boundaries of his instrument and forges new melodic possibilities. According to San Francisco Chronicle music critic Phil Elwood, "Jeff Chambers makes playing upright bass look and sound so easy with his rhythmic sense and melodic vocabulary". Chambers is known for his impeccable timing, dynamic rhythms and improvisational dexterity. Chambers musical style is both lyrical and playful. With his distinct touch, smooth sound and innovative sensibility he travels the vast tradition of rhythm-fueled bass playing, skillfully referencing his predecessors while exploring new musical territory. He has played at venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland); Concord Jazz Festival (CA); Monterey Jazz Festival (CA); Fujitsu Jazz Festival (Japan), the Newport Jazz Festival (RI) and countless others. He has also performed for the Black Entertainment Television Network at the St. Lucia and Anguilla Jazz Festivals.
Jason Lewis (percussion)
Percussionist Jason Lewis has played with a variety of talented musicians including; John Stowell, Gary Burton, Gil Goldstein, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Anton Schwartz, Terry Disley, Mark Levine, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul Nagel, and Kurt Elling. Lewis has also performed with the San Jose Symphony and the San Jose Civic Light Opera. Lewis has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Michael Brook, Djivan Gasparyan, Ann Dyer, and Taylor Eigsti. He can be heard on numerous recordings as well as TV (Spark on PBS), Video Game (Godfather 2) and Movie Soundtracks (Affliction, Albino Alligator, Ratatouille - "Our Friend the Rat").
Links to just a few of Larry’s recordings:
Steinway Artist | Sandro Russo | march 28th
Acclaimed for his profound sense of poetry and distinctive style, Sandro Russo has been in demand as a soloist in many venues around the world. He unanimously receives accolades for his sparkling virtuosity and his playing has often been referred to as a throwback to the grand tradition of elegant pianism and beautiful sound. Abbey Simon has praised him as “an artist to his fingertips…musical, intuitive, and a master of the instrument.” Lowell Liebermann has called him “a musician’s musician, and a pianist’s pianist. There is no technical challenge too great for him, but it is his musicianship that ultimately makes the greatest impression. His interpretations reveal a unique and profound artist at work.”
In 2000, he won the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of the Liszt A major Concerto at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. Shortly thereafter, he gave an acclaimed Chopin recital at the prestigious Politeama Theatre in Palermo, Italy, and later appeared at the Nuove Carriere Music Festival, an international showcase for the world’s most promising young musicians. Mr. Russo has also gained attention for an extensive repertoire that is comprised not only of well-known masterpieces from all periods but also of rarities of the piano literature. His virtuoso performances of works by Cziffra, Sorabji, Marc-André Hamelin and other composer-pianists have enthralled music lovers from around the world. He has also premiered compositions by Lowell Liebermann, Paul Moravec and Mr. Hamelin. Mr. Russo has performed in such eminent concert halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, Weill and Zankel halls at Carnegie Hall and Nagasaki Brick Hall in Japan. His recitals include performances for The Rachmaninoff Society, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Concerts Grand in Santa Rosa (CA), the American Liszt Society, the Houston International Piano Festival, the Husum Festival of Piano Rarities in Germany and the Chetham’s International Piano Festival in Manchester (U.K.), among others. In November 2010 the Italian Academy Foundation presented Mr. Russo in a sold-out Chopin & Schumann anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Russo has appeared as a soloist with the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava, The Jacksonville Symphony in Florida and The Brussels Chamber Orchestra in an opening gala of The Music Festival of the Hamptons. He also has toured with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana for performances of the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto and was the featured soloist with the New York Asian Symphony on tour in Japan. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Mr. Russo gave solo recitals in the recently opened Stoller Hall in Manchester, UK. He also performed in London (St. Mary’s Perivale and Steinway Hall) and Vienna (Gegenklang), and in September 2017, he had the honor of performing with the world-renowned soprano, Sumi Jo, for the president of South Korea, to promote the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. In October 2018, he gave a highly praised performing in the Fernando Laires Series at the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall. At the invitation of Bechstein-America, Mr. Russo had the privilege of recording a DVD on the historical 1862 Bechstein piano (#576), originally owned by Franz Liszt. Additionally, he had the opportunity to record a DVD on Horowitz’s CD-75 Steinway piano; this represented the first recording made on this legendary instrument following Horowitz’s death. Mr. Russo’s performances have aired on major radio stations in the US and abroad. His albums include, among others, Scarlatti Recreated, Russian Gems: Piano Rarities, Rachmaninov – Solo Piano Works and Images et Mirages: Hommage à Debussy. The latter, released to critical acclaim in October 2018 on the Steinway & Sons label, was chosen “Disc of the Month” by Italy’s Classic Voice magazine and was also featured in Gramophone’s “Sounds of America.” Sandro Russo is a Steinway Artist.
Every Blue Moon concerts 2018 Artists
2019 past events
ian maksin (CELLO)
JOINED BY TIM DECILLIS ( PERCUSSION)
Breaking boundaries both musical and geographical, cellist, composer and multilingual vocalist Ian Maksin has created and developed his own unique genre by blending elements of different styles in a new way using his cello as the main unifying force. He sings in nearly 20 languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Yiddish, Ladino (language of the Sephardic Jews of Spain), Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Arabic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Belarusian, and Macedonian. Ian is equally brilliant in every genre in its pure form, from classical to jazz and blues, and Latin to Balkan and Middle Eastern music. His passionate interpretations and soulful sound have generated a contagious universal and ever-growing appeal to diverse audiences across the world.
Listen to Raul Gallyot’s radio interview with Ian Maksin on Airwaves
Ricardo Peixoto and Marco Silva
Brazilian jazz duo Ricardo Peixoto and Grammy nominated Marco Silva have collaborated with other world class musicians who are household names in the Brazilian jazz scene. Ricardo has collaborated with Flora Purim and Airto, Dom Um Romão, Sivuca, Claudio Roditi, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Arturo Sandoval and Spok. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.
Marco Silva was musical director for Flora Purim and Airto Moreira for 24 years. Marcos has written arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie’s band and replaced Gil Evans as arranger-composer of Airto’s Spiritual Mass in Germany.
SAMANDAR AND SINA DEHGHANI
SOLD OUT | Virtuoso Classical Persian duo, Samandar and Sina Dehghani
Samandar and Sina improvised on the hauntingly beautiful melodies of classical Persian music using two Persian classical Instruments: Tar (string instrument) and Daf (hand drum). Samandar has been playing Daf since he was 15 under the mentorship of his brother, percussionist, Sina Dehghani. He started Tar with Hasan Tafazoli in Isfahan and after preliminary studies he continued his path with master musicians such as Behrouz Hemmati and Keyvan Saket in Tehran.
SABIR KHAN IS THE SYMBOL OF THE SARANGI IN INDIA. Pre-show yoga class with Simone Norblom
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Sabir is a virtuoso in musical improvisations with sustaining melodic and rhythmic skills framed by the raga form and interpreted in vibrant play by which he renders the “hundred colours” of the sarangi, the sublime and most demanding of instruments. Sabir has opened an exciting new phase for North Indian music and the Rajasthani folk compositions that he inherited from his forefathers.
Simone Norblom is a Kundalini Yoga teacher with more than 20 years of studying Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Simone has been a student of many radiant teachers including Guru Singh, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Maty Ezraty.
Almir Cortes, Brian Rice, Harvey Wainapel and Scott Thomson premiere original Brazilian Jazz CD “Trançado.”
Visiting from Rio de Janeiro, Almir Côrtes presents the North American premier of his CD “Trançado.” Recorded in Brazil and California, the album’s title roughly translates to “braided” or “interwoven,” reflecting the repertoire’s mix of Brazilian folkloric rhythms with jazz improvisation, as well as the cultural interchange between Brazil and the USA. The project was awarded a generous grant from the state of São Paulo, funding the recording as well as a tour throughout that state.
Internationally recognized Czech pianist Karolina Syrovatkova has been called by the ABQ Review "a true poet of the piano." She is known for her innovative approach to performing in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers. Karolina performed a Clara Schumann program that she performed earlier in the year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
the bee eaters
Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. Hammer dulcimer wizard and composer Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique.
Lincoln Adler (Saxaphones), Maurice Miles (Drums), Greg Sankovich (Keyboards), Kevin Lofton (Bass)
Over 17 years of collaboration and friendship have culminated in Times 4’s unique brand of soul jazz. Their joyful musical interplay generates tight, driving grooves, captivating melodies and dynamic improvisations that inspire audiences, from critical to carefree, to tap their feet and feel dance in their bones.
“The quartet often thinks as one. They succeed as both funky dance music and a fine example of the funkier side of jazz.” -All Music Guide
Featuring Lincoln Adler (saxophones), Greg Sankovich (keyboards), Kevin Lofton (bass), and Maurice Miles (drums), the band’s artful and intense musical conversation is steeped in the history of friendship and common roots. Miles and Lofton have been friends and musical collaborators since high school; likewise, Adler and Sankovich continue a musical dialogue that also dates back to their teen years.
World renowned Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist, and guitarist in the jazz and worldbeat genres.
Brazil's Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented Artists of all times and is lauded as one of the world's most unique and cross-transcendental performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic. Badi played on the Inverness Ridge the night before she played Herbst Theater in San Francisco. A recent documentary film about Badi’s life called BADI won Best Documentary at the LA Brazilian Film Festival.
Grammy artist and founder of platinum selling bluegrass trio Nickel Creek played his new material from his newly released album, What to Fear. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger.
Antonio Iturrioz - Steinway Artist and filmmaker
Steinway artist and filmmaker Antonio Iturrioz presented his "Gottschalk and Cuba" program from his upcoming CD which he recorded at Skywalker Ranch. He played a world premier of his arrangement of a piece written for a 650 piece orchestra for a single piano.
“That you have given the world this historic ‘first’ re-hearing of Gottschalk’s original intentions for ‘Night in the Tropics’ is more than worthy of being recorded for posterity.”
ANDRE WATTS, March 26,2018
SAN-SÃO TRIO AUGUST 24TH | DOORS @ 7 PM
AMILTON GODOY (piano), LÉA FREIRE (flute), HARVEY WAINAPEL (sax & clarinet)
Combining the worlds of Brazilian music and jazz in a chamber music type setting, these three instrumentalists have produced a body of work that blends the swinging exuberance, virtuosity, and charm of the many different rhythms of Brazil along with that country's characteristic tender lyricism; mix all this with the spontaneous discoveries of Jazz improvisation and you have a unique trio! Freire and Godoy, two major figures of Brazilian instrumental music, are on a brief US tour with Wainapel to release their new CD "Novos Caminhos"
In the tradition of songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, and Jay Farrar, Jacob's music is intensely beautiful, well-crafted, and haunting. His alternative folk songs weave flawlessly between light and dark, with a lyricism that conjures forth cinematic images of landscapes both external and internal.
Her recently released EP The Long Embrace was recorded and produced by Ben Tanner, member of the Grammy-award winning band Alabama Shakes. Featuring musicians Caleb Elliott, Jeremy Gibson, Adam Morrow (Belle Adair), and Ben Tanner, The Long Embrace was recorded in John Paul White's (Civil Wars) Sun Drop Sound Studio in Florence, Alabama and pulsates with ethereal longing and a driving rhythm inspired by the Muscle Shoals sound.
São Paulo pianist/composer/arranger AMILTON GODOY is a true pioneer of modern Brazilian instrumental music. In 1964 he founded the iconic Zimbo Trio. This became one of the most influential Brazilian instrumental groups in the second half of the 20th Century, making 51 recordings and playing in 40 countries over the years. LÉA FREIRE is a major force in creative Brazilian music, as a performer, composer, and producer. HARVEY WAINAPEL, They were joined by Bay Area saxophonist/clarinetist HARVEY WAINAPEL, who has toured internationally with Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, and Jovino Santos Neto.