Jordan Samuels has been studying, performing and teaching in the Bay Area for 20 years, and gigging on the local jazz scene since 2010.Â Â He has studied guitar with Randy Vincent and Bruce Forman,Â and is strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Barney Kessel and Peter Bernstein. Â He performs regularly with the Hot Club of San Francisco, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and Certified Organic, as well as his own trios and quartets.
Pianist Sam Grobe-Heintz has been active in the Bay Area jazz scene for the past 13 years, playing with Andrew Speight, Akira Tana, Erik Jekabson, Marcus Belgrave, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Eric Alexander, Wycliffe Gordon, Alexander String Quartet, Mike Olmos, Eddie Marshall and others. He’s a member of several Bay Area bands, including Horace-Scope and the Fil Lorenz Orchestra, and has appeared at innumerable venues around the Bay Area. Over the years, he has studied piano with Harold Mabern, Joe Gilman, Geoffrey Keezer and the late Smith Dobson IV. He says he plays “honest melodies, one note at a time.”
Bass player Josh Thurston-Milgrom lived for twelve years in Chicago and three in Berlin before returning to hisÂ nativeÂ Bay Area, performing along the way withÂ luminaries such as Von Freeman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Taylor Eigsti, and Yosvany Terry. He’sÂ a 17-year veteran of the Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty, and also teaches at the Castilleja and Harker Schools.
Drummer Austin Lee Harris says heÂ plays music “that excites me and that the audience can connect with and enjoy. Otherwise, what’s the point? I continue to study music, learn my craft, and share it with others in any way I can. I am deeply influenced by the historical masters of jazz drumming who have led the way: Art Blakey, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Billy Higgins and Jimmy Cobb.” Â He’s played withÂ Charles McPherson, Andrew Speight, Patrick Wolff, Steven Lugerner, Erik Jekabson, Larry Vuckovich, Dena DeRose, Matthew Clark, Jeb Patton, Dan Nimmer, Joe Gilman and many others. Â In 2011, he co-founded Hard Bop Collective, a band devoted to making exciting, swinging music with a strong sense of tradition accessible and fun for the modern audience.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site