CalJAS PRESENTS: Rebecca Kilgore-Dave Tull-Joe Bagg-Tom Wakeling

REBECCA KILGORE

As an interpreter of classic American popular songs from the 1930s and 1940s, vocalist and guitarist Rebecca Kilgore helped revive the hits of yesterday for modern-era jazz audiences. Born in Waltham, MA, in 1949, she relocated to Portland, OR, at the age of 30, beginning her music career fronting an area swing band dubbed the Wholly Cats and recording a 1982 LP titled Doggin’ Around. Following the group’s 1984 breakup, she formed her own unit, the Rebecca Kilgore Quintet, which quickly emerged as a mainstay of the Northwest jazz scene, and in 1989, she released the cassette-only I Hear Music. Most of Kilgore’s subsequent recordings were in conjunction with other performers: In 1990, she teamed with John Miller for Put on a Happy Face, and in 1993 appeared with Portland’s Tall Jazz Trio on their Plays Winter Jazz disc. However, Kilgore’s most fruitful collaborations were in conjunction with pianist Dave Frishberg; after teaming for 1993’s Looking at You, they reunited a year later for I Saw Stars, followed in 1997 by Not a Care in the World and again in 2001 with The Starlit Hour. At the same time, Kilgore also fronted a ’60s-style country band, Beck-a-Roo, and in 1994 contributed vocals to the score of the CBS animated special Tales From the Far Side, inspired by the popular Gary Larson comic strip. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

DAVE TULL

Dave Tull has long been known as one of the world’s finest jazz drummers. Over the last decade he has built a reputation as a gifted jazz singer and songwriter. Dave’s songs, often infused with humor, are written in the American songbook style – new standards waiting to be discovered! Dave’s new CD, “Texting and Driving” will be released in March of 2018. Dave’s celebrated first CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”, continues to get regular airplay many years after its release. Dave has led his trio at the Vail Jazz Festival, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (with a two-hour broadcast on KKJZ), the Newport Beach Jazz PartyThe Nash in Phoenix, The Arts Garage in Boca Raton FL, The Miami Jazz Coop in Coral Gables, FL, Jazz Showcase in Chicago, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and the “Jazz at Joe’s” concert series in Bend, OR.

In 2016 Dave became the drummer for Barbra Streisand. He has played three tours with Streisand, and plays on her current CD/DVD, “Barbra – The Music..The Mem’ries..The Magic!”, currently on Netflix. Dave toured from 2000-2010 as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. Dave’s vocal on Mangione’s “The Children of Sanchez” and his bebop scat vocal on “Dizzymiles” were featured at the Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl and The Blue Note in New York City. Dave toured and recorded two CD’s with Maynard Ferguson, 1987-91.

Dave plays drums on four of Michael Bublé’s CD’s including Bublé’s notable version of “Moondance”. Dave has played drums on the FOX TV show “Family Guy” and has backed Seth MacFarlane with The Ron Jones Big Band. Dave is the drummer on nine of Cheryl Bentyne’s (of the Manhattan Transfer) CD’s and has done six tours of Japan with Bentyne. Dave sings on two tracks of her CD “Moonlight Serenade” including a scat solo on the song “Tull Tales”, named after Dave! Dave wrote the vocalese lyric for Bentyne’s “All of You” for her 2009 Cole Porter Songbook CD. Dave has played with Jack Sheldon’s Quartet and Big Band since 1991 and is on Jack’s 2007 CD, “Listen Up”. Richie Cole has featured Dave on drums and vocals, and Cole has arranged two of Dave’s original songs for the band.

JOE BAGG

Joe Bagg studied with the legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron at Rutgers University where he obtained his Masters Degree in Music. After that he spent some time in the Army as a Russian linguist stationed in Germany, moving back to the states to California where he has been fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1997, Joe started playing the Hammond B-3 organ, earning several appearances in downbeat magazine’s Critics and Readers Polls. Recently, he was featured performing on screen in the Clint Eastwood movies J. Edgar and Jersey Boys.

Since arriving in Los Angeles, Joe has been sought after by an impressive range of prominent musicians including Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Holman, Billy Higgins, Anthony Wilson, Charles McPherson, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Jack Sheldon, Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon, Madeleine Peyroux, Pete Christlieb, Alan Ferber, Bruce Forman, Larry Koonse, Jon Gordon, Arthur Blythe, Gerry Gibbs, Eric Alexander, Ralph Moore, Brian Lynch and many others. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities over the years, but currently teaches in the Bachelor Degree department at Musician’s Institute where he enjoys teaching classes, private lessons and coaching ensembles. He also maintains a busy gigging and recording schedule.

TOM WAKELING

Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in a 40-plus year career that’s seen him perform in major concert halls, leading jazz nightclubs, and recording studios throughout Europe and North America.Tom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of internationally-known artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and many others in jazz and pop music alike. Tom’s work in ‘show biz’ includes playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as “Cats”, “A Chorus Line”, the Joffrey Ballet, ‘Grease’, and “Damn Yankees” (with Jerry Lewis).

Wakeling served as Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon for many years. The college is known for its excellent Music and Music Technology programs.

CalJAS Presents: MARIA SCHAFER CD RELEASE PARTY

COMING
 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3

SPECIAL CONCERT

 

THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ ARTS SOCIETY
PRESENTS
MARIA SCHAFER
SPECIAL CD RELEASE CONCERT
with
 Shane Savala, guitar 
Nick Ornelas, bass
 Eric Hagstrom, drums
 

 
“All around, an immensely polished collection of classic jazz standards…” – Hill Rag
7:00-8:30
at the home of
Dale and Sue Boatman in Rancho Cucamonga
 
Reservations Now Being Accepted
 
 
Non CalJAS Members Welcome 
CalJAS Members FREE 
Suggested Donations
 
Non MembersAdmission $15
“To Know Love” CD  $15
 
or save with a VIP Donation 
 
VIP
includes admission and CD  $25
(Must be requested when making reservation) 
complimentary wine, soft drinks,
 pre show snacks, 
after show dessert
for reservations and directions
SEATING IS LIMITED TO 40  
 MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!!!!

JAZZ VESPERS WITH THE DEBBI EBERT QUARTET

 COMING SUNDAY

DECEMBER 10

6:00 PM
 
CLAREMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
in collaboration with
THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ ARTS SOCIETY 
PRESENTS
CPC JAZZ VESPERS SERIES
 
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MUSIC BY
 DEBBI EBERT 
with
Richard Abraham-piano
Baba Elefante-bass
Dave Hitchings-drums
 
1111 N. Mountain Ave.
Claremont, 91711
 
6:00 to 7:00 pm
 
Attendance is free of charge
Donations will be graciously accepted

CalJAS Presents: SARA GAZAREK-LARRY KOONSE, November 26

Born and raised in Seattle, Gazarek grew up without much exposure to jazz. She denotes any and all preliminary jazz education to her high school big band and choir director, Scott Brown. “He afforded us a lot of educational opportunities at festivals and competitions,” Gazarek remembers. As a senior in high school, she was awarded the first ever Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award at the Essentially Ellington Festival in NYC. “I guess you could say my first gig was at Avery Fisher Hall with Wynton Marsalis,” Gazarek chuckles.
Sara made her way south to Los Angeles in 2000 and found herself at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC, studying under the tutelage of John Clayton, Shelly Berg, Tierney Sutton, and Carmen Bradford. While there, Sara helped develop the JazzReach program and, as a result, was able to spend 2 years working with inner city elementary school children as a jazz choir director. “I’ll never forget that experience. It is so important to me to be out there, educating young people.” Sara continues to educate young people today as the sole ambassador for the non-profit music and arts education organization, Music For All. Sara and her band give clinics at local schools while on tour, because, as Gazarek puts it, “education is such an important part of our lives, and the band and I know we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for that one teacher who showed us the way. It is our duty to give back.”
In 2003, Sara was awarded the 2003 Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Vocalist. Shortly after the publication hit the press, Sara was asked to perform with Oleta Adams, Karrin Allyson, and Diane Schuur as the “as yet undiscovered talent” on the Concord Jazz Festival tour. Simultaneously, Gazarek joined a number of a-list clientele (including Barry Manilow and Allyson) as a Stiletto Entertainment (management) client and was soon being booked by the industrious William Morris Agency. “I remember feeling very nervous about it all,” Sara recalls. “I’d had it drilled into me that a strong career at a young age was a fast track to obscurity.”
Luckily, at a time when it would have been easy for Gazarek to lose track of her artistic goals, John Clayton, a mentor and teacher at USC, provided a grounding influence. When record labels first came knocking and she started to question her place, it was Clayton who set her straight. “He said, ‘Sara, everyone has his or her own path, and there’s no path that’s any more respectable than any other,’” she recalls. “‘As long as you do your homework and keep striving to be a better musician, you’ll have a lasting career.’”
Clayton agreed to produce her first album, Yours, and insisted she develop the arrangements herself with the band she’d been performing with. She found musical soul mates in her group, and the resulting record was a debut that was released to national and international rave reviews. It ranked in the Top 10 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Charts, Top 10 on the iTunes top Jazz Album Downloads (US, UK, Switzerland, and Belgium), #1 on the iTunes Top Jazz Album Downloads (Germany, France), #5 on the Jazz Week Radio Charts, #4 on the HMV (Japan) chart. In addition, Sara was voted the #3 Best New Artist in the JazzTimes Readers Poll.
With her strong sense of gratitude, this talented, graceful, constantly evolving, emotionally direct, label-pushing vocalist will continue to “do her homework.” And judging by her second album, Sara Gazarek is going to have a lot to offer the music scene for many years to come.|

No stranger to CalJAS, this will be Sara’s third performance for the organization, but first House Concert appearance. “I am absolutely thrilled to have Sara join our list of House Concert artists'” says CalJAS President Dale Boatman.  Sara is, without question, one of my very favorite vocalists!”

Born into a musical family, Larry has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. In his early years he studied with legendary guitar master Jimmy Wyble, and at the age of fifteen he recorded an album with his father, guitarist Dave Koonse, entitled Dave and Larry Koonse; father and son jazz guitars. In 1984, Larry was the first recipient of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California.

Larry has  toured with Mel Torme, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Childs, John Patitucci, David Friesen, Karrin Allyson, Luciana Souza, Natalie Cole, Bob Mintzer, Tierney Sutton, Peter Erskine, Hubert Laws, Warne Marsh and was a featured performer with the Percy Faith Orchestra on a tour of Japan.

At the invitation of Nelson Mandela and UNICEF, Larry traveled to South Africa to perform for the first annual SAMIX festival with the Steve Houghton quintet. He also performed with Gary Willis in Sao Paulo for a government sponsored concert at SESC Ipiranga. In his travels, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music, Disney Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and has been a featured soloist with the L.A. Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and many other orchestras throughout the world.

Having been featured on over 300 albums, Larry has recorded with Cleo Laine, Al Hirt, Jimmy Rowles, Bob Brookmeyer, Luciana Souza, Lee Konitz, Larry Goldings, Mel Torme, Alan Broadbent, Ray Brown, Bill Perkins, Toots Thielemanns, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, David Friesen, Bob Sheppard, Warne Marsh, Charlie Haden, Natalie Cole and many other jazz artists. His solo guitar work was featured throughout “Crazy”, a feature film chronicling the life of the great guitarist Hank Garland.

The founder of the Player’s School, the renown bassist Jeff Berlin, contacted Larry in 1995 to write a guitar curriculum which is currently used for their program. He was co-leader of the L.A. Jazz Quartet which released their fourth CD, Conversation Piece (NAXOS Records) in September, 2000. The quartet’s first three CD’s, Astarte (GOWI), Look To The East (NAXOS), and Family Song (NTR), have received critical acclaim for their originality and musical depth. Larry’s most recent recording, Conversations, a CD featuring the great pianist David Roitstein in a set of originals and standards, is now available through Jazz Compass (www.jazzcompass.com). He has four other releases on the Jazz Compass label: Americana (a recording featuring Scott Colley on the bass), Dialogues of the Heart (featuring his father Dave Koonse in a guitar duo setting), Storybook (featuring the bassist Darek Oles), and What’s in the Box, featuring the music of the great guitarist/composer Jimmy Wyble in various settings. Larry has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990.

COMING SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 26
 
THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ ARTS SOCIETY PRESENTS
SARA GAZAREK
    and
LARRY KOONSE 
At the home of Dale and Sue Boatman
Rancho Cucamonga
 
Suggested Donations
 $20 non members
 CalJAS Sponsors/Patrons/CalJAS Artists 
FREE
  complimentary buffet, wine, soft drinks, 
SEATING IS LIMITED TO 40  
  MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!!!!

CalJAS Promotes: HARVEY MUDD PRESENTS: TRIBUTE TO BILL EVANS NOVEMBER 19

CalJAS PROMOTES 
Spotlighting non-CalJAS events of interest by and for our Members
 
November 19
 
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There will be a Bill Evans Tribute concert at Harvey Mudd College Sunday Nov. 19, 7 PM, and a showing of a new film “Time Remembered” about Bill Evans at 4 PM. 
Both are free and open to the public.
 
In addition, there will be a free master class by guest artist, Dave Thompson,
for jazz players at 2 PM, 
 
All events will be at the Drinkward Recital Hall.

ALL SOULS JAZZ VESPERS with the RON KOBAYASHI TRIO & DEBBI EBERT

CLAREMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
in collaboration with
THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ ARTS SOCIETY 
PRESENTS
CPC JAZZ VESPERS SERIES
OCTOBER 29
MUSIC BY
 DEBBI EBERT 
AND 
THE RON KOBAYASHI TRIO
with
Debbi Ebert-vocals
Ron Kobayashi-piano
Baba Elefante-bass
Steve Dixon-drums
 
1111 N. Mountain Ave.
Claremont, 91711
 
6:00 to 7:00 pm

ALL ARE WELCOME to this FREE concert at Claremont Presbyterian Church.

Donations will be graciously accepted

CalJAS Presents: BRUCE AND PAMMY FORMAN 10/15/17

COMING
OCTOBER 15
the California Jazz Arts Society Presents:
 
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
 
BRUCE FORMAN’S
THE RED GUITAR
and
“Hall of Famers”
BRUCE FORMAN & PINTO PAMMY
 The Red Guitar, a jazz libretto, words and music by Bruce Forman… 
a one-man perspective into the life of a musician and an exploration of the creative process. 
 
THE RED GUITAR
                                                                                                                            
Imagine receiving an invitation to a gala featuring John Coltrane, Sigmund Freud, and Faust.
Bruce Forman’s “The Red Guitar” is all that and more.
It draws on Forman’s decades of experience as a formidable jazz guitarist
and his considerable skill as a storyteller and teacher, producing a work that is greater 
than the sum of its dazzling parts.
 
A story in and about jazz, The Red Guitar showcases Bruce Forman’s genre—breaking inventiveness and his ability to 
improvise and create within a classical form. Enlisting the full power of the jazz idiom and integrating it with seasoned and 
provocative story-telling, he confronts the dilemma of artistic obsession face-to-face—by creating a work of art that simultaneously 
explores and demonstrates the hold that music has over its most ardent followers, the hold that poses itself as a life-or-death, 
must-be-solved-question to Forman and his ilk: 
 
“The Red Guitar. Do you play it…or does it play you?
 
See where you stand. See and hear 
                                                                                                                                                  
Can You Believe?
It’s been six years since our members and guests have had the opportunity
to see Cowbop founders Bruce and Pammy together as a duo.
Come and enjoy a thoroughly fun set of bebop, country swing, and Great American Songbook standards.
Bruce Forman, Guitar.  “Swingin’ Out West is where you’ll find him,” they all said in hushed tones, a faraway look in their eyes. “Forman’s the name, bebop’s the game. He’ll help you…never met a note he didn’t like.”
Pinto Pammy, Vocals. The sun was high, the air was still, a day so hot the dust was sweating. In rode a redhead on a pinto pony, singing and yodeling. Legend has it she was raised by Comanche, others opine that she was left in a shopping mall by Scottish settlers. She was headed for parts unknown when she fell in with a band of renegade beboppers and ended up ‘Swingin’ Out West’.
Big news: Cow Bop inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame!!!
At the home of Dale and Sue Boatman
Rancho Cucamonga
 
Suggested Donations
 $20 non members
 CalJAS Sponsors/Patrons/CalJAS Artists 
FREE
  complimentary buffet, wine, soft drinks, 
 
for reservations and directions
SEATING IS LIMITED TO 40  
  MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!!!!