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News and notes: CD release shows, Birdland and benefits

Erik Jekabson
Erik Jekabson

I caught trumpeter Erik Jekabson over the weekend as he collaborated with the Thelonious Monk Institute All-Star High School Jazz Sextet and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. It made for a fine evening of jazz, one marked by the appealing mix of fresh young talent and one of the Bay Area’s best known and busiest musician-educators. Jekabson has a new album coming out and, naturally enough, a release concert to celebrate that fact.

The new CD "The Erik Jekabson Quartet and John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club" is due out this month and I would love it if you could join us on March 15th at the Hillside Club for the official CD release show. The concert will feature, of course, the incomparable percussionist and bandleader John Santos, as well as Grant Levin on piano, Smith Dobson on drums, and John Wiitala on bass.
Other concerts this month: I'm looking forward to another CD release show, this one with the Michael O'Neill Quintet featuring Kenny Washington at Oakland Yoshi's on March 24. And I'm playing a show with bassist/composer Jeff Denson's Quartet at Cafe Stritch in San Jose on March 20.

The Birdland Jazzista Social Club is planning a move from Berkeley to Oakland, into a commercial district three blocks from the MacArthur BART station. Details are still being hammered out but the club is expected to feature “live music on Friday and Saturday nights for $10 a head, an art gallery and retail space … and a music education program for neighborhood kids. The cafe will keep its drinks on the simple side … and aims to source its baked goods from locals' home cooking. A Latin jazz series on Sunday afternoons and adult classes in yoga, tango, salsa, and aerobics are additional ideas for the space.”

Two jazz-rooted fund raisers are set for Tuesday.
East Bay residents will want to check out Campbell Soup Jazz at Yoshi’s in Oakland as the ensemble headlines a benefit for Legal Assistance for Seniors.
The organization provides free legal representation and advice, health insurance counseling, and community education to qualified Alameda County residents. LAS is the only legal services program in Alameda County devoted exclusively to assisting seniors. Its mission is to ensure the independence and dignity of seniors by protecting their legal rights through education, counseling, and advocacy.
That same evening…

Gather your family and friends, make a date, and schedule your reservations to dine at the landmark Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola. Kuumbwa Jazz is happy once again to be part of Community Tuesdays, proceeds of which benefit our jazz education programs. The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, directed by Eddie Mendenhall, will hit the Rock Lounge Stage beginning at 6 p.m. Shadowbrook will donate one-third of the evening’s food and beverage sales to Kuumbwa.

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