653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Friday, 1/13/23 – 7:30pm
Ken Cook Quartet

Rod Sudduth, tenor sax
Ken Cook, piano
Doug Miller, bass
Dillon Vado, drums

$20 cover charge, byob
doors open 10 minutes before the show
for a reservation, call the shop at 415-586-3733

Can’t make it to the shop? You’re missing a good thing, but at show time you can catch the live stream (and donate) here on our website, and on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Quartet leader Ken Cook is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston and has been all over the Northern California scene for well over a decade, heard in major venues from Healdsburg to the Wine Country to the Bay Area and points south, playing jazz, blues, Latin and Brazilian music. He leads his own combos and is a first call player with Bay Area favorites John Calloway, Terrie Odabi, and Mark Summer (Turtle Island Quartet) and countless others. Ken holds the Jazz piano chair on the music faculty at Sonoma State University.

Featured on saxophone, Rob Sudduth  has worked with jazz artists including Ben Goldberg, Trevor Dunn, Graham Connah, Carla Kihlstedt, Kenny Wollesen, Ches Smith, Marty Wehner, Ellery Eskelin, Nels Cline, Bruce Forman, Randy Vincent, Steve Cardenas, Mark Levine, Peter Zak and Steven Bernstein. He toured and recorded for 14 years with  with Huey Lewis and the News; has performed at  the Montreux, Monterey, SF Jazz, Toronto, Montreal, Bergamo, San Jose, Healdsburg, Wels Music Unlimited ( AU ) and Saalfelden (AU) festivals; recorded with Norah Jones and performed with the Doobie Brothers; has worked on Broadway and in New York jazz venues including Birdland The Stone and Smalls, both as a leader and with artists including pianist Peter Zak and the Arturo O’Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Bassist Doug Miller was one of Seattle’s most respected bass players for 23 years before coming to the Bay Area, appearing in concerts, clubs, clinics and on recordings with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians including James Moody, Ken Peplowski, George Cables, Ray Vega, and Dick Hyman, and he has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra, and Ernestine Anderson. He’s a founding member of the critically-acclaimed trio New Stories, and of Big Neighborhood, a quartet that played twenty-first century jazz by merging unusual elements in collage-like compositions that combined unusual energy with edgy improvisation. Doug is also a composer whose compositions are widely recorded, and an educator and former member of the faculty of the University of Washington, where he taught for eight years. Doug moved to Marin in 2010 and performs often with Ken Cook’s trio, as well as with Benny Green, Akira Tana, Peter Horvath and Michael Wolff. A dedicated teacher, Doug continues to pass on the tradition handed down by Ray Brown and John Clayton to a new generation of aspiring young musicians.

Drummer Dillon Vado, a multi-instrumentalist most recently heard at Bird & Beckett on marimba (a week after holding down the drum chair on our stage) and noted for his work on vibraphone, is a San Jose native who earned his B.Mus. at Berkeley’s California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley in 2017. Among many other venues up and down the coast, he’s performed in San Francisco at Keys Jazz Bistro, Mr. Tipples, and SFJazz, in the East Bay at the CJC, Freight and Salvage, Yoshi’s and the Sound Room, and in the South Bay at Mama Kin, the Art Boutiki and Cafe Stritch, while also playing marching snare drum with the Santa Clara Vanguard, recording at Fantasy Studios, and playing at the Montreux, Umbria, San Jose and Fillmore (San Francisco) jazz festivals. Dillon has performed with Art Lande, Marcus Shelby, Hafez Modirzadeh, Royal Hartigan, Erik Jekabson, Jeff Denson, Alan Hall, Marcos Silva, Sandy Cressman and Rebecca Kleinmann. He also leads several projects of his own, including Never Weather, Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry, and The Table Trio, teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory, and has taught private lessons in several music stores and out of his studio for a decade.


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