Noel Jewkes, reeds and flute
Grant Levin, piano
Chris Amberger, bass
Josh Setala, drums
$20 cash cover charge, byob
For reservations, call 415-586-3733
Noel Jewkes is a legend among Bay Area jazz fans for his six-plus decades on the scene as a master of the tenor saxophone and any number of allied instruments, a disciple of the great Lester Young, an expert in swing. Come hear him with a rhythm section comprising long-time associates Grant Levin on piano and Chris Amberger on bass together with the young drummer Josh Setala. Jazz the way we like it!
In Noelâ€™s five decades here on the coast, heâ€™s been called on to work with singers from Rosemary Clooney to Billy Eckstein to Jon Hendricks, in blues-rock bands with Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenitis, in the all-female rock band Ace of Cups, in the jump blues outfit led by Lavay Smith and in countless other top-drawer jobs, always in the first rank of hired guns.
Noel plays all the styles there are & is held in awe for his cool legato aura, making ambitious trad, swing & jump bands always anxious to add them to their line-ups.Â But itâ€™s in small combo settings of his own making that his thoroughly modern intensity shines through most brilliantly.Â Hear him at this link for a taste of his unaccompanied tenor sax playing on the classic tune â€œAutumn in New York.â€Â Then listen to him in a small group setting playing Gershwinâ€™s â€œThe Man I Love.â€Â His own compositions richly varied â€” at turns, challenging and complex or tender and lushly expressive.Â The hard driving tunes particularly underscore his point that good jazz is a wild music, and thatâ€™s where Noel has always liked to take it.
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