JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: the Vince Lateano Quartet

Please join us on Friday, January 10th at 8pm for a special Jazz in the Neighborhood, featuring The Vince Lateano Quartet, with Jeffrey Burr on guitar, John Wiitala on bass, and special guest Peck Allmond on trumpet.

Vince LateanoVince Lateano is an American jazz drummer who has toured with numerous great jazz musicians over the years, including Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Vince Guaraldi, and Stan Getz. He was born in Sacramento, California in 1942, and was introduced to music by a family of musicians who lived close to him. He began playing the trumpet in the fourth grade, but switched to drums in the ninth grade and started playing pro. After a hitch in the US Army, he moved to San Francisco in 1966 and still resides there. Vince joined Cal Tjader’s band in 1978, until Tjader died in 1982. Vince drummed on six of Tjader’s albums. Vince can be found teaching percussion at the Monterey Jazz Festival education program during the summer.

Jeffrey_BurrA graduate of William Paterson University’s elite jazz program, Jeffrey Burr has garnered critical acclaim for his unique approach to playing jazz guitar. The son of two classical bassists, Jeffrey began his musical education at an early age, and was quickly recognized as a prodigy. By the time he reached college, he had already played with many of the established Bay Area players such as Mark Levine, Donald Bailey, Vince Wallace, etc. As a member of the California High School All-Stars, he toured Japan and performed twice with bop grandmaster Dizzy Gillespie at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

At WPU he went straight into the top ensemble, winning Best College Small Group in Downbeat Magazine’s annual jazz competition. In 1997 Rufus Reid, legendary bassist and director of the jazz program at WPU, invited Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall to Jeffrey’s final recital. Lundvall soon had Jeffrey in the recording studio with Reid, drummer Adam Nussbaum and producer Bob Belden. By this time Jeffrey had moved to New York and started performing in the city’s famous jazz haunts, including the Blue Note, 55 Bar, and Smalls, rubbing shoulders with many of the city’s elite performers, including an unknown young singer named Norah Jones.

Jeffrey now resides in Oakland, CA with his wife and son. As well as gigging and teaching around the greater Bay Area, Jeffrey is also a Senior Music Analyst for Pandora.com’s Music Genome Project. His latest recording, featuring mostly his own compositions, is entitled “Bright Blue.”

John WiitalaJohn Wiitala has performed with Joe Henderson, James Moody, Benny Golson, and Pete Jolly. He has performed and recorded with Mark Levine, Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman, and Wesla Whitfield. John is currently teaching at the Jazz School in Berkeley, Jazz Camp West, and the Stanford Jazz Camp. Find some footage of John here.

Peck AllmondOriginally from San Francisco, multi-instrumentalist Peck Allmond has lived in NYC for over ten years. Aside from leading and writing for his own jazz/world-music unit, The Peck Allmond Group, he is an in-demand sideman on an unlikely variety of brass and reed instruments: trumpet, flute, saxophones, clarinet, valve trombone, and many others. In recent years he has also been performing and recording on the African instrument called kalimba, or thumb piano. Currently he is a member of Me’Shell NdegeOcello’s Spirit Music Sextet, the Oliver Lake Quartet, Peter Apfelbaum’s NY Hieroglyphics; and his past recording/performance credits include work with James Brown, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Lennon, Don Cherry, Julius Hemphill, Kotoja, Ben Allison, Jai Uttal & The Pagan Love Orchestra, Craig Handy, Michael Blake, Will Lee, Josh Roseman, O.J. Ekemode’s Nigerian All-stars, and others.

Jazz legend Jackie McLean regularly performs several of Allmond’s tunes in his own quintet, and has called Peck “a fiery young talent and true triple-threat: trumpet, saxophones, and composition.”

Since 2012, The Emerald Tablet has hosted top notch jazz evenings every second Friday under the stewardship of master trumpet player and teacher Mario Guarneri, and his organization Jazz in the Neighborhood. Please click here to see some examples of the talented musicians who have performed at The Emerald Tablet under the aegis of Jazz in the Neighborhood.

The Bay Area is home to many incredible jazz musicians who’ve devoted their lives to developing their craft and attaining the highest artistic levels. Jazz in the Neighborhood is an important step towards creating an environment where these accomplished professionals can nurture a great American art form in dignity and respect, while delighting audiences of all ages. The Emerald Tablet is proud to provide its resources, on a regular basis, to help this dream to become a reality.

This event is sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians and Jazz in the Neighborhood, a member of the Intersection for the Arts Incubator Program.

Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. To reserve, call (415) 671-8867, OR e-mail reservations@jazzintheneighborhood.org.

Friday January 10th 2014. 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$15 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
All door donations go to the musicians! Delicious complimentary food. Drinks by donation.

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