The Tangria Jazz Group is acclaimed as one of the up and coming jewels of the Bay Area jazz scene. This group’s unique blend of fire, intensity and sensitivity sets them apart, moving audiences to new heights and drawing them into the closest confines of intimacy. Formed in the spring of 1997, the Tangria Jazz Group has developed a rich, captivating sound that brings new contributions to bear upon the genres of Latin and straight-ahead jazz.
Each player brings an individual style to the group, always keeping Tangria’s sound interesting and dynamic. Their influences range from Ellington to Jobim, from Miles Davis to Joe Henderson. Simon Rochester on Rhodes piano draws upon the intricate and lush contributions left by Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans; the intensity, explosiveness and melodic treatments of Tony Williams and Joe Morello are apparent in drummer Sheryl Mebane’s playing; and the melodic and soulful contributions of bass players Dave Holland and Charlie Haden are brought forth in Tangria’s bassists' playing. Honoring their influences, Tangria’s fresh, inventive expression reveals a unique identity, especially in their original compositions.
Their expressive music is an important addition to the San Francisco jazz community and is rapidly finding a place in the hearts of jazz aficionados throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally. After completing a successful radio campaign and embarking on a national press campaign, Tangria Jazz Group is excited to air their blend of originality and fire.