JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: tbd – a quartet – doing “reconstructions”

Please join us on Friday October 11th, 2013 at 8pm for an evening of jazz featuring some of the best musicians in the Bay Area.

Jazz in the NeighborhoodSince 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.

On Friday the 11th, a unique quartet featuring Guarneri, Erik Jekabson, John Wiitala, and Hamir Atwal will play “reconstructions” — musical improvisations on jazz standards — with an opening act by the jazz combo from the School of the Arts in San Francisco.

Jazz in the NeighborhoodThe 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. Please join us every second Friday and be part of a grassroots jazz revolution!

Trumpeter Mario Guarneri brings to his performances a fresh creative voice, amazing technical ease, and an intense desire to touch people with his music. His career has encompassed everything from playing with Louis Armstrong at the age of 13 to fifteen seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Guarneri has recorded solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, played principal trumpet with the LA Chamber Orchestra for ten seasons, and appeared on over 300 TV and motion picture soundtracks, most notably as soloist on Godfather III. Since his return to the Bay Area, where he was born and raised, Mario has concentrated his energies on the Guarneri Jazz Quartet. He teaches trumpet and improvisation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is the inventor of the BERP, a learning tool for brass instruments which is sold all over the world (BERP.com). He has performed over the years with a diverse list of creative musicians including Earl “Fatha” Hines, Frank Zappa, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Lane, and Roger Kellaway.

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for several bands,leading his own groups and teaching his many students.Erik has three CDs out under his name. Erik has also co-produced and played on two other widely available recordings, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, in addition to session work in other genres, and on movie and video game soundtracks. For more information on Erik, please visit his website.

John 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.

Hamir Atwal began playing the drums at the age of 10 and started playing professionally at the age of 18. He studied at the Berklee College of Music on scholarship, studying improvisation with saxophone great Joe Lovano and trombonist/composer Hal Crook. After graduating from Berklee, Hamir moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he started working with creative musicians such as clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg (Tin Hat Trio), trumpeter Darren Johnston (Nice Guy Trio) and saxophonist Patrick Wolff. Hamir’s founded rock/jazz/improv group Glimpse Trio with guitarist Mike Sopko in 2010. They’ve released two albums and play over 100 shows a year. Hamir has also taught drum clinics at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley Jazzschool, and Music Academy International (Nancy, France).

JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: tbd – a quartet -doing “reconstructions”
Friday October 11th 2013 (Second Fridays). 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$5-10 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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