San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco on Friday, December 13th, 2013 @ 7:00pm.
Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco (LJYE), composed of talented young musicians aged 10-18, performs Latin jazz classics and original compositions at a level that has landed them gigs at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, KCSM Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF Museum of Modern Art and Yoshi’s. The ensemble’s mission is to preserve the traditions of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music by teaching it to youth and to create role models for aspiring student musicians.
Led by Music Director John Calloway, LJYE has shared the stage with such legends as Cuban bassist Cachao, piano virtuoso Chuchito Valdes, Latin jazz heavyweight Poncho Sanchez and and the Grammy® Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The ensemble was chosen as one of the top youth bands at YouthQuake 2004 and won First Place (Youth Music) at Carnaval San Francisco in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Music Director John Calloway is a multi-instrumentalist, award-winning composer, educator and performer who has worked with many Latin and jazz greats, including Max Roach, Israel “Cachao” Lopez and Pete Escovedo. He holds an MA in music education and a Ph.D. in multi-cultural and international education.
Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of SF Facebook page
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with the Coffis Brothers on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 @ 8:00pm
BIO via the Good Times of Santa Cruz:
For Ben Lomond brothers Jamie and Kellen Coffis—the former, a 25-year-old keyboardist and singer, and the latter, a 21 year-old vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player—it’s not a matter of what life has to offer, but when they’ll get it. On “Love On My Side,” off of their debut album, they wonder, if “life is really just a battle with time, and I’m sick and tired of waiting in line, when will that arrow point at me?” Turns out they don’t need Cupid’s assistance, since locals have fallen fast for these budding folk rockers. The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men was released on June 17, after four days in Gadgetbox Recording Studio, with the help of producer Andy Zenczak and friends, The Mountain Men: bassist Mason Hutchinson, drummer Henry Chadwick, and guitarist Kyle Poppen. “We are all more than satisfied with the results because there is a nice mix of impatience and spontaneity on the record, which gives it a kind of personality,” says Jamie. That personality is present throughout the album, with heavy keyboarding and electric guitar complementing Kellen’s country-tinged vocals. Their easygoing disposition shines through too; Jamie admits they’re “pretty damn near 50/50 on songwriting … it kind of sounds like we could have written each other’s songs.” Perhaps the two are so in sync because they play soccer and beer pong together, plus share an affinity for Jackie Greene, Buddy Holly, Tom Petty, Jay-Z and Kanye West.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Octobop on Friday, December 6th, 2013 @ 7pm
Octobop embodies the early days of West Coast Jazz when new ideas, harmonies, ensemble playing and great improvisation were the staples of a strong band. By performing and promoting the music that began with The Birth of the Cool -- and the innovations of Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Dave Pell, Jimmy Guiffre, and Howard Rumsey among others—Octobop makes cool jazz hot once again. The group is comprised of eight multi-instrumentalists, Geoff Roach, Jack Conway, Matt Kesner, Randy Smith, Jon Schermer, Brian Brickhouse, Dave Casini, and Roddy Magallanes. Their third CD After Dark was number 35 on the national jazz charts at JazzWeek, and they have played at multiple festivals and events in California, including the San Jose Jazz Fest.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and SaveAlternative.com for the next installment of the DayDream Nation series on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 @ 7:00pm
S*ALT & Content Magazine decided to team up with Grand Fanali Presents to keep with the momentum of everything the music community has been building.
All Ages. FREE to the public!
poster art by Gilbert Armendariz
design by Cassandra Croft/ Kendall Sallay
More info on the bands:
FOXTAILS BRIGADE: Oakland indie folk | http://foxtailsbrigadecom.ipage.com/
ODD BIRD: Santa Rosa indie folk | https://www.facebook.com/pages/odd-bird/255531401274
CONTAINHER: San Jose indie electronic | http://containher.com/
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Natalie Cressman on Friday, November 29th, 2013 @ 7:00pm
Whether playing an original or exploring a jazz classic, trombonist and singer/songwriter Natalie Cressman fully embraces the imperative to render music in her own image. If you listen closely to Unfolding, her debut album with her band Secret Garden, she provides all the clues necessary to uncover the treasure trove of influences and inspirations behind her music: Cuban, Brazilian and West African music, indie rock, funk and the post-bop continuum.
While working with mentor Peter Apfelbaum, she was able to perform with Carlos Santana, Joe Lovano, Sheila E., Miguel Zenon, Ambrose Akinmusire and Eric Harland. She’s gained her widest exposure after touring for two years with Phish’s Trey Anastasio. As an educator, Cressman has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Nueva School. She is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is touring with her sophomore release, Turn the Sea.
Video: "Flip" by Natalie Cressman and Secret Garden
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM on Black Wednesday for a live performance with the Bear Lincoln Band, on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 @ 8pm.
Bear Lincoln is a quartet of dedicated musical disciples. Their influences range from James Brown to Talking Heads to Vicente Hernandez and back again. At a Bear Lincoln show, you will find quirky, danceable, upbeat originals and a top notch cover or two. These boys pride themselves on putting on a fun show.
Based in Berkeley, California, Bear Lincoln performs all around the golden state and are planning to introduce themselves to the other 49 very soon. Stay tuned, because these fine gentlemen are in it to win it.
Bear Lincoln is:
Aidan Ward - guitar, clarinet, lead vocals
Ben Einstein - keyboards, percussion, vocals
Derek Burle - bass, percussion, vocals
Taylor Moxon - drums, percussion, vocals
San Pedro Square Market Special Events: Join History San Jose for a special event at the Peralta Adobe historic site at the San Pedro Square Market on Sunday, November 24th, 2013 @ 11:00am
Meet members of Founding Families, and take tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House.San Jose or El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadelupe, the first Pueblo of California, was founded November 29, 1777. Come have a slice of birthday cake and help celebrate!Learn about life in early San Jose through hands-on activities and story telling. Enjoy live music, dancing and children’s hands-on activities! Food is available throughout the San Pedro Market.Location: Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site
General Admission is free
Activity Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5
Hours: 12pm – 4pm
Tours of the Adobe and Fallon House start at 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Children’s tours start at 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Children’s tours are for ages 3 – 8 years old.
Tours are on a first-come, first-serve basis. History San Jose Member are free. $8 per adult, $5 for seniors and students with a valid ID. Children five and under are free. Please purchase tickets in front of the Peralta Adobe.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with Tim Atlas, on Saturday November 23rd, 2013 @ 7:30pm. This will be the "Lost in the Waiting" EP Release show at the market!
Tim Atlas is from San Jose, California, where the singer-songwriter became intrigued by the moving, romanticized songwriting of Bon Iver, as well as the colorful blues guitar playing of John Mayer. Over the last year, he has put his artistic efforts into his original songwriting. And as a result, Atlas has garnered over 2k limited soundcloud downloads, 6k subscribers on YouTube, and a loyal, eager fan base. Iin the summer of 2013, Tim worked with producer Jesse Barrera on his first record, where you’ll hear a mixture of ethereal falsettos, heavy percussive features, and an undeniably uplifting message.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Legally Blue on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 @ 7:00pm
Legally Blue’s authentic sound comes from rare, vintage guitar amps, a classic Hammond B3 organ, and from the soulful voice of Joanne Wegener. Formed in 2010, the group brings together 5 talented musicians from Northern California: Joanne Wegener, John Keating, Mike West, Chris Wilder, and Aart de Geus. Alone, each member has performed in different groups, in different states and, even in different nations; but together they are joined by their love of music and the Blues. Mixing original and classic Blues standards with their own surprises, Legally Blue creates a nostalgic sound that’s impossible to "sit still" to.
Video: It can be arranged - Legally Blue
San Pedro Square Market Special Events: Join SPSM vendor B2 coffee for Game 5, of Season 2's Bay Area Latte Art Competition on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 @ 6pm.