Saturday, July 7th – 7:30 pm
The Golden Circle Sextet
$20 cover charge (students $10)
jazz club! when lights are low…
The Golden Circle Sextet, led by the acclaimed young vibraphonist Dan Neville, features the unique timbre of the concert harp with vibraphone and alto flute. This sextet combines elements of Jazz, Afro Cuban, Spanish and Norwegian street music, with textures of lush strings and woodwinds, driving rhythms and highly melodic phrases. Their cd “Tenerife” was released in 2016, a debut album steeped in West Coast jazz with elements of Afro-Cuban music. It’s reminiscent of Ahmad Jamal, Wes Montgomery, Alice Coltrane and Milt Jackson.
Dan Neville is a multi-instrumentalist, a double-time student at both CJC and CCSF, a jazz performer, composer, and arranger. His credentials include 7 seasons of playing vibes for SFJAZZ Center’s Monday Night Big Band; arranging for Adam Theis’ Treat Social Club; and winning 1st place in the 2017 Jazz Search West competition. Dan Neville’s Golden Circle Sextet released its debut cd, “Tenerife,” in 2017; all compositions written and arranged by Neville.
Destiny Muhammad has forged a genre with her harp, “Celtic to Coltrane,” that is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Azar Lawrence, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa and John Santos and co-starred in Def Jam Poetry Winner Ise Lyfe’s Hip Hop Play “Pistols & Prayers.”
Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer and composer with a twenty-year professional career marked by diversity and improvisation. In the words of Latin Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Jovino Santos Neto, “Rebecca plays flute with the passion of a flamenco dancer.”
Gaea Schell is known as an instrumentalist among her peers for swinging every note, subtle phrasing and contemplative writing. Drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath has said she “plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands.” An accomplished West Coast-based jazz musician also highly regarded as a flutist, singer and composer, she was recently compared by jazz aficionados to pianist Monty Alexander and flutist Holly Hofmann. She’s a native of Alberta, Canada, where she grew up playing music from an early age. Pursuit of a classical harp degree led to checking out Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans records in the school library, inspiring a move east and subsequent graduation from the jazz program at acclaimed McGill University in Montreal.
Sam Bevan, as both a bassist and an arranger/composer, was an important part of the San Francisco Bay jazz scene for 16 years until he moved in New York in 2016. Born in Oakland and growing up in Salt Lake City, Sam had classical piano lessons from the age of four, sang and played piano professionally and earned a BA in French before dedicating himself to the bass and composing. Greatly in demand after moving back to Northern California in 1999, Bevan’s versatility and creativity while performing jazz, funk, r&b, folk and Afro-Cuban music kept him constantly busy with stimulating projects. He has repeated his success since moving to New York.
Pepe Jacobo is one of the Bay Area’s top Afro-Cuban drummers…and a first call percussionist. He writes and performs original music, on both guitar and percussion, with many Bay Area bands. He is a master of many genres of music reflected by the diversity of the groups he plays with including The Jorge Santana Band, Latin Funk band Mas Cabeza, Latin Jazz group CALIENTE 2000 and World Music group, Volcan.
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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