Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.

Kyle Hernandez

Saturday, May 1 – 7:30pm
Kyle Hernandez Trio
jazz live streamed
from the bookshop
every Friday evening

Kyle Hernandez, guitar
Tom Langan, bass
Vincent De Jesus, drums

California born and raised, Kyle Hernandez learned to play guitar and sing in a musical family that provided him lessons at a young age. He moved to New York in 2006 after finishing high school and being awarded a scholarship to attend The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. While attending school, Kyle studied privately with musical heavyweights including guitarists Peter Bernstein, and Vic Juris, and bassist Reggie Workman. Since finishing school, Kyle has shared the stage with a vast array of talented musicians and groups internationally including Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Eric Alexander, Robert Glasper and many others. Kyle has participated in over 30 recordings and numerous festivals, concert and club performances with musicians spanning from all generations.

As a leader, Kyle has released three albums, including his most recent self-titled release.  He has played  festivals and venues throughout the United States. The Reno, Savannah, Newport, Sacramento, Toronto, Boston and Montreal Jazz Festivals have all hosted Kyle’s quartet. Notable venues have included The Mondavi Center, The Blue Note, The Great American Music Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, Sullivan Hall and The Jazz Standard. In 2015 Kyle went back to school to earn his master’s degree in music from Brooklyn College while subsequently maintaining an active performance schedule around New York. Kyles group continues to play regularly in a quartet setting, performing both original and popular music fusing the styles of traditional and contemporary jazz.

Tom Langan is an upright bassist from Santa Cruz who has been actively performing with the Bay Area’s top musicians for over 20 years.  Playing everything from contemporary to classic jazz, Tom has developed a sound that is lyrical, sensitive, yet driving and swinging at the same time. Tom currently teaches jazz bass at San Jose State University while maintaining an active performances schedule year-round.

Vincent De Jesus is a native of San Antonio, Texas with roots in Mexico and Puerto Rico. With over ten years of classroom experience in a variety of disciplines including music, design thinking, math, science and creative technology, he’s passionate about serving the community as a teaching artist, musician and education consultant. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies from Southwestern University and currently teaches Music Enrichment, World Percussion, 3D Modeling and Printing, Video Game Design (computer coding) and Design Thinking with organizations such as LEAP Arts in Education, The Junior Center of Arts and Science, Music in Schools Today, Richmond Arts Center, and Contra Costa College’s Gateway to College program. As a band leader, composer and multi-percussionist, Vince is the recipient of the Berkeley Civic Arts’ Individual Artist Grant for his Bay Area Latin Soul recording project, which explores the contemporary fusion of Afro-Latin/Caribbean, jazz and funk music in the Bay Area.

Tonight the trio will be playing original contemporary jazz pieces from Kyle’s second self-titled album, as well as a few swingin’ classics from the greats!

Live on Bird & Beckett’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
$20 suggested donation / pay what your economics allow at this link.

Bird & Beckett adheres to a standard “guaranteed fair wage” concept, $600 for a quartet, and that takes some heavy lifting on the part of the audience. So donate what you can! We don’t ask professional musicians to play for tips here.

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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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