The Sacramento Jazz Coop proudly presents Bria Skonberg in a special performance on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Dante Club.
The New York based Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Recognized as one of 25 for the Future by Downbeat Magazine, Bria Skonberg has been a force in the new generation with her bold horn melodies and smoky vocals, and adventurous concoctions of classic and new.
Noted as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world,” (Vanity Fair), Bria has played festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and over a hundred more.
Originally from the small town of Chilliwick, British Columbia, Bria studied jazz and performance at Capilano University in Vancouver while balancing a full road schedule and two bands. After graduating, she traveled extensively, performing in China and Japan and throughout Europe. Seeking new challenges, she moved to New York in 2010. Upon arrival, she went to jam with some friends in Washington Square Park and an hour into playing, world renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis stopped to listen, giving her the thumbs up.
An avid educator and supporter of public school opportunities, giving numerous workshops and concerts for students of all ages, Bria has been a faculty member at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp from 2008 to present.
It is expected that this will be a sold-out show, so get those tickets early.
Back by popular request the Harley White Jr. Quartet returns to SJC this summer with his quartet; featuring Dominic Garcia on percussion; Andre Fylling on synth and melodica, Clark Goodloe on piano, and Harley White Jr. on bass, and vocals. Please join us.
Delbert Bump has written for big bands, combos, television, and radio, and has received numerous awards. His output as a composer with respect to the jazz literature is significant as he maintains a full schedule as a local and national performer, as well as, educator. Known for his swinging B3 work, Delbert makes his debut SJC appearance at jazz at Date, with Bumpin’ it Up on piano, along with Chris Amberger on bass, Brian Kendrick on drums, and Noel Jewkes on reeds.
On Sunday, September 8, 2019 the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative (SJC) will celebrate its third year providing concerts of improvisational, classic, mainstream, straight-ahead jazz genre, and American Standards Songbook. The celebration will feature the Aaron Gayden Band, who makes his debut appearance at SJC playing jazz, the Darius Babazadeh Quintet, the Joe Gilman Quartet, and will close the evening with the toe tapping, hip shaking sounds delivered by the Carlos McCoy High Octane Latin Jazz Ensemble. They don’t call this band “High Octane” for nothing. Admission ticket includes choice of:
Italian sausage with peppers sandwich, served with brown mustard and garlic fries, or 3 Street Tacos (tofu, soy chorizo), with garlic fries. Both come with either one glass of wine or one pint of beer.It
With 104 shows to its credit, SJC provides jazz concerts featuring the best in local, regional and touring artist, at the Dante Club, located at 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento under the title Jazz at Dante. Most of the shows offer a dinner option as well. The Sunday performance is a deviation from the normally Monday night jazz concerts, and effective September the nonprofit will begin running concerts on selected Wednesday nights as it attempts to gain a cross section of attendees. All proceeds from this show over the admin and band costs will go to future performances. Tax-deductible donations are gladly accepted. Come on out and join the celebration, eat, drink, be merry, and support live, classic jazz, the true American art form.
While a significant number of jazz purist might argue that the Great American Songbook does not include “jazz standards”, no one can deny songs written by Duke Ellington, the Gershwin’s, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Harry Warren, Walter Donaldson, Jimmy Van Huesen, Sammy Cahn, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, Louis Armstrong, and hordes of others have been performed by virtually every jazz musician local and abroad. Whether it was the thousands of songs, or just the songwriters of the time who knew one another, playing and working together in Tin Pan Alley, Harlem, Broadway and Hollywood, the genre, often referred to as American Classical has been around since the 1920s. 100 years strong, the Sacramento Jazz Coop showcases “That Old Feeling, One Hundred Years of the Great American Songbook”. Featuring the Steve and Ann Roach Quintet on September 18, 2019 at 7 PM at Jazz at Dante Series. Hope to see you. Tickets $25 through Eventbrite.com.
Perhaps you remember her as she performed with her late husband, Dick Johnson’s Marti Gras Band. Or, perhaps you’ve popped in to Biba’s Restaurant and listened to her beautiful voice as she performs her solo gig, pleasing a throng of fans at the popular eatery since 2011. How ever you remember her, you’ve not heard her like this, as she makes her debut appearance with the Sacramento Jazz Coop, performing a variety of jazz standards with her quartet…When October Goes, with Claudette Stone.
Although it continues to be a male dominated field, women in jazz have long contributed as composers, songwriters, and bandleaders. While Ella, Sarah, Billie, Anita, and Carmen became so famous as singers they only needed their first names to be immediately identified; women have not achived that same level of recognition for their contribution as composers. Women, like Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Fields, and Irene Higgenbotham. Lil Hardin Armstrong was more famous for her marriage to the great Louis Armstrong that her achievements as a jazz songwriter.
SJC proudly presents the Laura Klein Trio in their second SJC appearance on October 28, 2019, paying homage to “Women Jazz Composers.” With Kelly Faban Zasman on drums, Ruth Davies on bass, and Laura Klein on piano. Please join us.
Sammy Cahn was an American lyricist nominated for more than thirty Oscars and won four times. Recorded by virtually every major singer, many of his songs are establishd jazz standards. In 1972, he was inducted to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and in 1983, received the highest accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, making him one of the most successful and respected lyricists of the 20th Century.
Join us on November 4, 2019, when the Sacramento Jazz Coop presents Shelley Burns singing the magic music of Sammy Cahn. With Aaron Garner on piano, Shelley Denny on bass, and Jeff Minnieweather on drums.
Now and then a thing is just right on all accounts. Rebecca Kilgore is an American jazz singer based in Portland. With hundreds of appearances and more than forty CDs, she has been called “one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook,” and in 2010 she was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. She has appeared with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall, and for three consecutive years was invited to perform at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in Lincoln Center. With a sound all her own, her singing is at the same time subtly suggestive of the warmth of Doris Day. That’s an interesting observation because someone also once said that if Doris Day had sung jazz, she would have been Rebecca Kilgore.
With the recent and sad loss of Doris Day, we found it fitting to remember the beloved songstress in honoring one of her most famous productions, Love Me or Leave Me, the bio-pic of the 1920s singer-actress star, Ruth Etting. It is equally significant given that November 23rd would have been the 121st birthday of Ms. Etting.
Randy Porter, with his sparkling accompaniment on piano, joins in, along with the mastery of Tom Wakeling, who has thrilled audiences playing bass in jazz clubs and at festivals throughout the world. We hope you will join in as well when the Sacramento Jazz Coop proudly showcases Rebecca Kilgore’s, Love Me or Leave me, A Tribute to Doris Day and Ruth Etting at 7 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in a special Jazz at Dante series. Tickets at Eventbrite.com.
Shelley Denny is a freelance musician and teacher whose broad experience ranges from ballet to big band, from musical theatre to modern jazz. You’re sure to have heard him; with playing credits ranging from Stan Kenton, to Petula Clark, Les and Larry Elgart, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations and the Supremes. He has played over seventy different Broadway musicals with the Sacramentp Music Circus.
As an educator, he has taught music theory and ear training at California State University, Sacramento and lower brass at the Conservatory of Music, U.O.P., Stockton but on this night you will hear the music of this gentle man. Stepping out from his role as sideman, Shelley takes center stage, playing, as he calls it, his own melodious jazz. Come join us for what is sure to be a tasty evening of jazz.