The San Francisco Jazz Quartet:
Celebrating "Ode to Swing"
Each cat in the SFJQ brings to the bandstand a lifetime of experience in jazz and other musical styles, which they blend together in a magical and very unique way. After more than ten years of playing together, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts – though the parts are pretty darn good.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 4pm
$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
The SFJQ – consisting of Nolan Gasser, piano; Roger Glenn, vibes & reeds; Terry Miller, bass; and Andy Eberhard, drums – is dedicated to the full range of jazz, with a focus on hard-swinging standards, hip originals, and the rarely heard hinterland between jazz and classical music. Their compelling shows range from straight-ahead concerts to elegant mixes of music and lecture – particularly regarding the genesis of jazz as a mix of European and African roots, and the innovative ways that jazz and classical have blended through the years, up to the present day. The roots of the SFJQ go back to 2000, and for this performance will be performing work from their debut CD "Ode to Swing," which illustrates their varied interests and skills.
Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, arranger, and musicologist – most notably as the Architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project. Nolan received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University, where he’s been an Adjunct Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Music History; at the same time, he’s been playing jazz since his early teens. His compositions have been performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, La Salle Pleyel (Paris), and the Rose Bowl, and by some of the most distinguished orchestras and soloists in the world. Among current projects, Nolan was commissioned to write an opera for San Francisco (2013).
Roger Glenn is the son of famed jazz musician Tyree Glenn, who performed with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway. Roger entered the jazz scene at an early age and has worked and recorded with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Donald Byrd, and many others. He has also led his own group, which recorded with the Fantasy label. Roger is equally at home on the vibes, the flute, the clarinet, and all saxes – as well as percussion. His greatest passion is Latin Jazz, but his musical horizons extend broadly into jazz, classical, and popular styles.
Terry Miller is one of the most sought-after bassists in the Bay Area. He is equally proficient on the upright and the electric, playing all styles from jazz to rock classical, and beyond. He has performed and recorded with such marquee players as the Doobie Brothers, Prince, Willie Nelson, Steve Allen, and many others.
Andrew Eberhard is the son of famed pianist and music educator Carl Eberhard, and is fluent in a wide array of musical styles, emphasizing jazz and rock. He is a first call drummer in the Bay Area and has worked and toured with such legends as Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Joe Louis Walker, Bob Weir, Jerry Bergonzi, Barry Finnerty, Nat Adderley, The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and many others.
For more details, visit sfjazzquartet.com.