Thom Douvan Quintet
featuring vocalist Gina Harris
Guitarist Thom Douvan released his CD tribute to the Funk Brothers, Brother Brother (2014), followed by an original jazz CD, All Over Again (2015). At Piedmont Piano Company, Thom will reprise songs from both well-reviewed CD's as well as his first So Shall We Learn (2008), featuring prominent Bay Area musicians Steve Carter on piano, Deszon Claiborne on drums, Aaron Germain on bass, Tony Malfatti on woodwinds, and vocalist Gina Harris appearing as a guest on a couple of numbers.
Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 4pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$15 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
Thom Douvan, guitarist and composer thomdouvan.com
Thom Douvan grew up in Ann Arbor listening to the Motown sounds near their very source as the 45 rpm records from Motown hit the streets in nearby Detroit. Later, after a stint at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Thom had the distinct privilege of working regularly with several original Funk Brothers of the Motown studio musician stable including pianist John Griffith, pianist Joe Hunter, and drummer Richard "Pistol" Allen. Thom then relocated to California where he continued to perform. He released his first CD "So Shall We Learn" in 2008, followed by his tribute to the Funk Brothers "Brother Brother" in 2014. His most recent CD "All Over Again" (2015) features Thom's original jazz compositions with Thom on guitar accompanied by an all-star cast including pianist Mitchel Forman, percussionist Luis Conte, and bassists Jimmy Earl and Trey Henry. It also includes one Latin jazz ballad penned by fellow Detroit guitarist and one of Thom's mentors, Kenny Burrell. At the Piedmont Piano Company Thom's all-star Bay Area group described below will feature songs from all three of Thom's CD's.
Steve Carter, piano
Steve Carter is a first-call piano player in the thriving Bay Area Latin-Funk-Jazz scene. Steve has worked with national touring and recording artists such as George Benson, Bobby Womack, Taj Mahal, Billy Cobham, Malo, Ray Obiedo, the Headhunters, Snoop Dog, and many others. He was also affiliated with the famous Escovedo family as pianist in the bands of the three most famous Escovedos: brothers Pete and Coke Escovedo, and Pete's daughter, Sheila "E." In the late 1980's Steve was a member of The Freaky Executives (the "Freakies") who were signed to Warner Brothers Records. The Freakies were named Best Bay Area band several years in a row by virtually every Bay Area publication. Music critic Joel Selvin of the San Francisco Chronicle called them "the hippest, most innovative band to come out of the Bay Area in at least fifteen years," and the Oakland Tribune called the Freakies the best band to come out of the East Bay "since the days of Sly Stone and Tower of Power." As a composer Steve's songs have been covered by Huey Lewis and the News, Irene Cara and many others. Recently Steve has worked with noteworthy guitarist Dave Haskell, singer Mary Jenson, and now with Thom Douvan as well.
Deszon Claiborne, drums
A native of the Bay Area, drummer Deszon Claiborne began his musical journey at the age of 10. Virtually self-taught in the beginning, Deszon went on to study intensively with world-renowned drummers such as Ralph Humphrey, James Levi, Richard Peterson, Billy Cobham, and Kenneth Nash. These studies provided Deszon with a strong foundation in jazz, funk, rock, R&B, and world music. Deszon has had the pleasure to perform or record with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Boz Scaggs, Peter Apfelbaum, Charles Brown, Les McCann, Robben Ford, Angela Bofill, Omar Sosa, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ernie Watts, Donald Harrison, and Mark Little.
Aaron Germain, bass aarongermain.com
Growing up in Massachusetts, Aaron studied jazz composition at the prestigious Hampshire College under Detroit-born woodwind jazz master Yusef Lateef. Moving to San Francisco in 2000, Aaron quickly found work as a busy session bassist, doubling flawlessly on acoustic upright bass and all the fretted and fretless electric basses, and sometimes working two or three gigs a day. Aaron is also an accomplished composer and bandleader in his own right, with two original jazz CD's already released under his own name and a third recording project actively in the works.
Tony Malfatti, woodwinds tonymlive.com
Tony began on clarinet at age 10 and added saxophone at age 11. He studied with Ed Heney, one of the lead saxophonists in the world-renowned John Philip Souza Marching Band. Tony began to play professionally at age 15 all over northern California. He placed first in the Northern California Etude Competition and obtained the lead alto chair in both the California State Jazz Band and the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band. Warner Brothers records took note of Tony and offered him a recording contract and sessions at the acclaimed Fantasy Record Studios in Berkeley, CA. Tony is an in-demand session and studio player, and is equally proficient on all the saxophones, clarinet, and flute. Tony also works regularly as a keyboardist, bassist, and singer, prompting the observation that there is little if anything that Tony cannot do or has not done in music.
Gina Harris, guest vocalist ginaharris.com
Gina has performed for most of her life and has worked in films as well as on television and Broadway. In San Francisco, where she now resides, she has performed regularly at clubs, including Anna’s Jazz Island, Kelly’s of Alameda, Octavia Lounge and Savanna Jazz. Along with numerous private concerts, she was a featured performer at Savanna Jazz during the Cedar Walton Blues and Jazz Festival, Birdland in Manhattan, The “J” Spot jazz club in Tokyo, Bistro Toulouse-Lautrec in London and on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.