Upcoming Shows

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Larry Vuckovich Power House Trio | December 21st | Doors at 7pm

Larry Vuckovich ( piano) | Jeff Chambers ( bass) | Jason Lewis ( percussion)

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.

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, Chet Baker, Bobby McFerrin, great Latin percussionist Jose Mangual (who recorded with Charlie Parker), Vince Guaraldi, Wes Montgomery, to name just a few.

“LARRY VUCKOVICH, a jazz pianist whose career has developed for the past 25 years on the West Coast, moved to the East Coast five months ago, bringing with him an outlook and a collection of influences that set him apart from most pianists who are heard regularly in New York. - John S. Wilson, New York Times

The Balkan bopper has a trio with Mel Lewis, and a book of piano gems that will keep you guessing. - Gary Giddins, The Village Voice


Badi Assad Sunday, January 12th

Badi Assad (guitar, vocals)

In January of 2014, Badi was commissioned by the Guitar Festival Marathon in New York to compose the soundtrack for the screening of the silent Chinese film, The Goddess (1934).  Invited to also serve in the role of Festival Curator, she not only performed her composition live at New York’s Merkin Hall, but also received a New York Times highlight as Best of the FestivalCantos de Casa, her first CD dedicated to children garnered Trophy Cata-Vento for Best CD of the Year.

 

Ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the top female guitarists, Badi Assad has received numerous international awards in her career. Assad is from musical royalty (Brazil's acclaimed Assad family). She has appeared in a variety of musical settings - from classical concerts with The Assad Brothers to jazz festivals with Pat Metheny and Larry Coryell - and performed with a variety of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo-Ma, and Sarah McLaughlin. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. As a guitarist, she has inspired audiences and critics worldwide with a unique combination of technical mastery and innovation that has caused some to re-examine their notions about the instrument.

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Alex Conde Debuts New Work “Descarge for Bud Powell”

February 22nd | Doors @ 7PM

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Alex Conde (piano) | John Santos ( percussion) | Jeff Chambers (bass) | Colin Douglas ( percussion)

Review of Alex Conde’s album “Descarga for Monk “Artists like Conde show that jazz is truly a world music, effectively absorbing and applying such rhythms and concepts into great new musical discoveries.” - Conrad Gayle, Spill Magazine.

“When Alex Conde turns up the power at any given time, he’s like an orchestra all by himself.” - Raul De Gama, Latin Jazz Net.

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Alex Conde Conde is a sensitive solo pianist with his interpretations on “Pannonica” and “Round Midnight,” embellishing the timeless melodies and applying his Spanish rhythmic influences into his solo playing. - Spill Magazine. Alex has studied and collaborated with jazz stars such as George Garzone, Danilo Pérez, Dave Santoro, and Grammy Award-winners Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding. Son of the legendary singer Alejandro Conde, (National Prize for the Spanish song 1981 and two gold records) Alex began collaborating with flamenco companies in the United States and Canada such as Theater Flamenco of San Francisco and the prestigious Aspen Santa Fe Ballet where he collaborated with other world class flamenco artists leading him to a nomination for the “Izzie (Isadora Duncan Dance) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Text in 2011”. Alex has worked with Grammy jazz artists such as Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), John Patitucci (Chick Corea), among others.

John Santos (Percussion) | Seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist, US Artists Fontanals Fellow, and 2013-2014 SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today.

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.

Colin Douglas | Grammy nominated drummer/percussionist/educator Colin Douglas was born in New York City into a musical family. As the son of a music producer, Colin has performed and recorded with a diverse group of musicians ranging from latin acts such as Jesus Diaz y su Qba, Ray Obiedo, and the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, with whom Mr. Douglas received a grammy nomination in 2013, to R&B and rock acts such as Donna Summer and Slash.


Sandro Russo | March 28th | Doors @ 7PM

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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.”

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.

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Times 4 | Soul Jazz Explorers | April 25th | Doors @ 7PM

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.

Lincoln Adler (Saxaphones), Maurice Miles (Drums), Greg Sankovich (Keyboards), Kevin Lofton (Bass)

“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.



Every Blue Moon’s 2018 Artists

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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


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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.

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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.


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SABIR KHAN

SABIR KHAN IS THE SYMBOL OF THE SARANGI IN INDIA. Pre-show yoga class with Simone Norblom

 videos and bios

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.

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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.

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Karolina Syrovatkova

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.

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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.

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TIMES 4

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.


BaDi ASsad

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.

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sean watkins

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.

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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

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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"

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JACOB ARANDA

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.

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VEGA VICTORIA

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.

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AMILTON GODOY

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.

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