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!!!!

KRISTIN KORB TRIO PERFORMS IN CLAREMONT 9/26

“I’M ON MY WAY”
After 2 weeks of cruising…
 

I had enough time to do the laundry and repack the suitcase and wanted to give you a quick reminder that I’m coming your way.

 

Sept 26-Claremont, CA
The California Jazz Arts Society presents:
THE KRISTIN KORB TRIO
 Hosted by:
Claremont Presbyterian Performing Arts Series
Claremont Presbyterian Church
1111 N. Mountain Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
 
One set 7:30-9:00

Reception following

 

Fundraiser for the CalJAS Student Scholarship Program
$20 Donation at the door
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !

KRISTIN KORB CONCERT TO BENEFIT CalJAS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Kristin Korb-vocals/bass

“A protégé of the late Ray Brown, Ms. Korb’s bass playing is the foundation of her musicianship. She is an increasingly clever lyricist in the songs she writes, arranges and sings.”  Doug Ramsey, Rifftides

There are few bassists who can sing and there are even fewer who can do it well.  Kristin Korb is one of those artists who make you forget that she is playing the bass when you hear her crystalline voice. Inspired by the days when music was romantic and made you want to dance, Kristin and her trio embody that spirit and carry their audiences along for the ride.

Korb is no stranger to the California coast having lived here for a number of years. She earned her masters degree in Classical Bass Performance at the University of California, San Diego and was lucky enough to have studied with the great bassist Ray Brown, with whom she made her recording debut, “Introducing Kristin Korb with the Ray Brown Trio” released in 1996. Love eventually brought the American bassist and vocalist to Denmark in 2011.

Korb now returns to California for a series of concerts to celebrate her 8th release, “Beyond the Moon”. Inspired by the storytelling of one of America’s greatest lyricists, Johnny Mercer, Kristin includes several of his biggest hits and then takes a voyage of discovery into unpublished texts that Mercer never made into songs. 

Kristin has been a longtime friend of CalJAS and has been very supportive of our organization since its inception.

Andy Langham – Piano

Andy Langham studied Jazz Perfomance at The University of North Texas. Since relocating to Los Angeles a number of years ago, he has toured with just about everyone from Natalie Cole to Christian McBride and the New York Voices. Currently Andy is a member of Poncho Sanchez’s Latin Jazz Band and can been seen touring all over the world with Poncho. When he’s not on the road, Langham can be found teaching Jazz Piano at California State University, Long Beach.

Andy is a repeat performer for CalJAS

 

Ryan Korb – Drums

Ryan is the go-to drummer in Wisconsin for all kinds of great musicians traveling through the state. After music school, the Montana native sought out some of the most influential musicians in the country to study drumming and jazz. Drum set great Jeff Hamilton and master Afro-Cuban musician Michael Spiro have been two of his greatest mentors and inspirations.

Ryan has spent extensive time studying music abroad in India and Cuba. Ryan now co-leads the Afro-Cuban drum trio, Africa->West. The trio plays original compositions based on traditional West African and Cuban music. In addition to their residency at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, the group has released 4 recordings.

As a sideman, Ryan has performed with Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Bill Mays, Russell Malone, Byron Stripling, John Fedchock, Llew Matthews, Tamir Hendelman, Valerie Naranjo (SNL orchestra), and Barry Olsen. In addition to drum set, Ryan has performed as percussionist on the touring Broadway productions of Wicked, Spamalot, and others. Ryan has played on numerous recordings and has been seen at many jazz festivals and venues internationally. He is also on faculty at Baldwin Wallace University, Lawrence University, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Ryan also happens to be Kristin’s brother. They grew up playing music together when it was more of a competitive sport than a collaborative activity. They’ve both grown up over the years, but one can still see the sibling banter happening on the bandstand.

This will be Ryan’s first performance for CalJAS

THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ ARTS SOCIETY 
 
COMING TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 26
 
The California Jazz Arts Society
in collaboration with
Claremont Presbyterian Perfroming Arts Series
Presents:
THE KRISTIN KORB TRIO
featuring
Andy Langham, piano
Ryan Korb, drums
 
Please plan to join us for this special CalJAS Fundraiser
Proceeds go to the CalJAS Student Scholarship Fund 
Donations $20
Concert-7:30-9:00
Dessert Reception-9:00-10:00
1111 N. Mountain Ave.
Claremont, 91711

THE CalJAS ALL-STARS AT THE MAGIC CASTLE Aug 23

COMING WEDNESDAY
AUGUST 23
The Academy of Magical Arts & The California Jazz Arts Society 
Present
 
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
JAZZ AT THE HOLLYWOOD MAGIC CASTLE
 
Academy of Arts Members and their guests only
(see below to included on our exclusive guest list)
 
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DALE BOATMAN AND THE CalJAS ALL STARS
Featuring
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Sherry Williams, vocals
with
Dave Tull, vocals/drums
Joe Bagg, piano
Bruce Forman, guitar
Bruce Babad, alto
Luther Hughes, bass
and more
 
The Magic Castle is a private club for members and their guests only
 
To be included on the exclusive guest list, you must email
              Seating for these concerts is limited 
Guests
$20 admission
    $13 valet parking
 
Includes access to 
Magic Showrooms
 

The Magic Castle Has a Strict Evening Dress Code

Casual or athletic attire, flip-flops, sandals, work boots, denim, outdoor jackets, & excessively revealing clothing are ALL prohibited.
Guests who do not meet the dress code or minimum age requirement (21) will not be admitted to the clubhouse. If you have any questions about the dress code, please call the Castle before you make your visit. When in DOUBT, overdress!

JAZZ VESPERS WITH DEBBI EBERT & THE RON KOBAYASHI TRIO August 27

AUGUST 27
6:00 PM
 
CLAREMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
 
in collaboration with
THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ ARTS SOCIETY 
PRESENTS
 
CPC JAZZ VESPERS SERIES
 
 

 
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
 
Attendance is free of charge
Donations will be graciously accepted

CalJAS TRIPLE TREAT

THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ ARTS SOCIETY 
 
 
COMING FRIDAY
JUNE 16
RANCHO CUCAMONGA
7:00-9:30 
 
The California Jazz Arts Society
Presents
 

 
CAROL BACH-Y-RITA
 
Roberto Montero-guitar and John Leftwich-bass
 
At the home of Dale and Sue Boatman
Rancho Cucamonga
 7:00-9:30
 
ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT
 
 
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COMING SATURDAY
JUNE 17
WESTMINSTER
2:00-4:30
 
The California Jazz Arts Society
Presents
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Luther Hughes & Friends: Remembering The Nat King Cole Trio
In 2007, Luther assembled a group of friends to perform music m the Nat King Cole Trio. Modeled after the drummerless line-up of the ’40s & ’50s King Cole Trio, the group consists of John Proulx on vocals and piano, Barry Zweig on guitar, and Luther Hughes on bass. Luther’s trio performs regularly in the Southern California area, offering a great blend of narrative information and the music of the early King Cole trio.
   
 CalJAS is excited to announce this special Saturday performance 
At the home of 
LUTHER AND BECKY HUGHES
 in
WESTMINSTER
 
SORRY THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT
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COMING WEDNESDAY
JUNE 21
The Academy of Magical Arts & The California Jazz Arts Society 
Present
 
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
JAZZ AT THE HOLLYWOOD MAGIC CASTLE
 
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Starting 
June 21
 
The Josh Nelson Trio with special guest Sara Gazarek
Alex Boneham- bass
Dan Schnelle- drums

 

The Magic Castle is a private club for members and their guests only

A limited number of guests will be allowed to attend with a member

 

 For Details and to be included on the exclusive guest list,
you must email
             

CalJAS Presents: The Carol Bach-y-Rita Trio with Roberto Montero and John Leftwich

CAROL BACH-Y-RITA 
 
In addition to beautifully interpreting the best of the American Songbook, Carol sings the gorgeous music of Brazil and the Americas in Spanish and Portuguese. Her sound is lush and swinging from the intimacy of a duo setting to a full big band.
 
She has been a featured performer at Jazz venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, with noted repeat engagements with MTT and The San Francisco Symphony, The Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Party.
 
Carol has worked with many top artists in Jazz and Brazilian music in the United States and abroad, including: Harry Allen, Claudio Roditi, John Clayton, Chuck Redd, Jacky Terrason, Bill Cunliffe, Chico Pinheiro,  Joshua Redman,  Mark Levine, Ricardo Silveira, , Bruce Forman, Dado Moroni, Michael Spiro, Rique Pantoja, Kleber Jorge….
 
Music took a back seat for a number of years while she explored a successful career in radio and then voice over.  Fluent in 5 languages, she is represented by WME, Stars and IBE. Her credits include hundreds of TV and radio commercials, games, animation, narration, movies, web, print and on-camera work. Her state of the art home studio is fully equipped with ISDN lines, phone patch and skype access.
 
Music and movement are inseparable in Carol’s life! Her background in Feldenkrais has made her truly unique in her approach to dance instruction and performance. She has toured Europe performing Brazilian and Afro-Cuban dance and currently owns and runs a small dance studio in Hollywood.
 
Born to Americans living abroad (a neurophysiologist father and an artist mother,) she grew up primarily  in Northern California, with numerous childhood years in Italy, Mexico and Spain. After graduation from UC Berkeley, she spent three years singing in Paris, with extensive touring throughout Europe. Her last name (Bach-y-Rita) is Catalan, and she possesses both American and European/Spanish citizenship.
We are excited to present her to our CalJAS audience for the first time!
ROBERTO MONTERO
Born in Brazil and living in Los Angeles for about 17 years, Roberto has performed with Grammy Award winner Sergio Mendes at the Blue Note in Japan, in Morocco and across the United States, with Latin Grammy nominated Brazilian singer Baby Consuelo, and with four-time Grammy nominated Tiziano Ferro, among others. Roberto has been working at LACM – Los Angeles College of music – for over 16 years.  
Some of Roberto’s recent work credits include an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show” with singer/songwriter Dorian Holley, as well as working as guitarist and singer on the soundtrack of the Century Fox movie “Rio2”, for film composer John Powell and Sergio Mendes. 
JOHN LEFTWICH
John Leftwich is a truly gifted musical artist.  While John keeps a fairly low personal profile, he maintains a huge profile in the music industry. His working credits include motion pictures,TV, albums, concerts, and studiio work as Composer, Producer, Engineer, performer, and multi instrumentalist.  His talents have allowed him to work with recording artists as varied as Carmen McRae, Hubert Laws, Willie and Lobo, Lyle Lovett, Rickey Lee Jones, Paula Abdul, Chet Baker and Pharrell Williams on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Despicable Me 2.
 
This will be John’s first performance with CalJAS.
COMING JUNE 16
RANCHO CUCAMONGA
7:00
The California Jazz Arts Society
Presents
 

 
CAROL BACH-Y-RITA
 
Roberto Monteiro-guitar and John Leftwich-bass
 
At the home of Dale and Sue Boatman
Rancho Cucamonga
 
Suggested Donations
 
$20-non members
 FREECalJAS Sponsors/Patrons/CalJAS Artists 
 
complimentary buffet, wine, soft drinks, 
 
reservations and directions
SEATING IS LIMITED TO 40  
 MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!!!!

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