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Dillon Vado

Dillon Vado is a professional drummer and vibraphonist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. He grew up in San Jose, where he played many small club gigs on drums and marched snare drum for the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has recorded at Fantasy Studios, and played with many musicians at The Freight and Salvage, Yoshi’s, and the SF Jazz Center. He has also performed overseas at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Dillon has performed with Art Lande, Hafez Modirzadeh, Royal Hartigan, Marcus Shelby, Erik Jekabson, Jeff Denson, Alan Hall, Jovino Santos Neto, Marcos Silva and Kate McGarry

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Nathan Sanders

Nathan Sanders is an American jazz keyboardist from Berkeley California. Nathan has worked with his brother Tyrone Sanders on albums and producing other artists. Nathan is also cousins to Elijah Baker from the group Tony, Toni, Toné. Nathan resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The TOaG Quartet

As an assembly of instrumentalists, the TOaG Quartet is an Oakland-based musical organization inspired by the many lineages of improvisation and groove. Striving to be honest to who we are, where we have been, and where we hope to go, we pay homage to the work of our elders - who laid the groundwork upon which we stand - while aspiring to spark the mind with truth, and move the spirit with groove. Alongside the tireless service of community music educators, TOaG also works to support arts education by curating jazz clinics for young students, creating a positive space for musical exchange between professionals and pupils.

Under the leadership of Benjamin Lee, The TOaG Quartet is dedicated to producing hard-hitting original jazz, honoring our musical roots, and supporting arts education.

Ricky Carter - Drums
DV Wright - Guitar, Live Effects
Matt Kelly - Trumpet
Benjamin Lee - Upright and Electric Bass, Sampler

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Kandace Springs At Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Kandace Springs At Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Kandace Springs Yoshis Oakland Oakland CA February 19, 2020 Talented Blue Note Records singer-songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs graced the stage at Yoshi's in jny: Oakland for a pleasantly packed house engagement. Springs presented tracks from her debut album Soul Eyes (Blue Note Records, 2016) and from Indigo (Blue Note Records, ...

Tumbledown House

“Launched in the drizzly climes of Portland, Oregon by smoky-toned singer Gillian Wolfe and producer, guitarist and harmony vocalist Tyler Ryan Miller, Tumbledown House has thrived since relocating to the Bay Area in 2012, honing a sinewy, speakeasy sound with some of the region’s finest musicians. Focusing on beautifully crafted original songs, the band balances spacious, loose-limbed arrangements with precisely calibrated dynamics and tightly coiled energy… Tumbledown House brings together instrumentation that evokes the small combos of the swing era, while delivering songs that feel as if they were composed the day after tomorrow.” - Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 2019 San Francisco songwriting deviants, Tumbledown House, have never been easy to describe

John Klopotowski

I have been strongly attracted to and influenced by music for as long as I have memories, and have been playing the guitar since I was eleven years old. As a teenager, I heard a lot of great live music in the New York area, and my formal musical career started when I became a music major at William Paterson College in New Jersey (now a University) in 1975. I was quite active during those years as a student, but also as a free-lance guitarist and music instructor. I graduated from the Jazz Studies and Performance program in 1978 and consider myself very lucky to have studied jazz improvisation and arranging with Thad Jones during that time, and also jazz guitar with Bob DeVos

Peter Drew

Peter passed through many lifetimes until he honed in on a career of music. As a teenager, he joined the high school orchestra but nothing came of it. He then bought a $95 student clarinet, looked at it, blew a few notes and stuck it in a closet where it vegetated for many years. After a stint in the service and a master’s degree, his diploma should have read, “adrift.” There were myriad jobs, including film distribution, caterer, sailing instructor, cruise ship host, taxi driver, country club manager, video operator. What finally stuck was a career in teaching with a specialty in film and social studies

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Imperial Jazz Co.

Imperial Jazz Co. is a new-on-the-scene super group that brings together some of the brightest lights of the Bay Area music world in an elastic grouping. Their repertoire includes a broad swath of vocal and instrumental American standards, performed with maximum swing, scorching solos, and delightful vocals. The band includes: Phillip Greenlief, saxophone (Lost Trio, Orchestra Nostalgico, Animals & Giraffes), John Finkbeiner, guitar (Les Gwan Jupons, Franco Nero), John Hanes, drums (Smith Dobson V, Dream Kitchen, Actual Trio, Orchestra Nostalgico), Myles Boisen, guitar(Past-Present-Future, Fred Frith, Orchestra Nostalgico, Franco Nero, Club Foot Orchestra, Miniwatt Trio/Quartet), Kurt Ribak, bass (Kurt Ribak Trio), Chris Grady, trumpet (Orchestra Nostalgico), John Ettinger, (Miniwatt Trio/Quartet), and vocalist Jill Rogers

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GRAHAM LEGGETT

Plays straight-ahead and Brazilian. More later.


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