Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Anne Sajdera Trio
with Jan Fečo & Miroslav Hloucal

Join the Anne Sajdera Trio for a special performance of modern jazz featuring two of Prague's finest musicians: special guests Miroslav Hloucal, trumpet & Jan Fečo alto sax. The ensemble will perform original compositions as well as the music of modern jazz masters Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland - at times lyrical, at times angular and always filled with the beauty of rhythm.

Miroslav Hloucal (trumpet), Jan Fečo (alto sax), Anne Sajdera (piano), Gary Brown (bass), Alan Hall (drums)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

The youngest successor of the Fečo family of musicians, multi -instrumentalist Jan Fečo (b. 1990) established his own quartet in 2010, focusing on his primary inspirational elements of contemporary jazz & hard-bop. With additional influences spanning the musical spectrum from Latin American music to hip-hop, he also weaves in Romani (Gypsy) folk melodies to create a uniquely authentic jazz perspective. A graduate of the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory, Fečo won Best Soloist in 2011 at International Jazz Fest in Nový Hrad (Czech Republic), in 2012 his ensemble won first place in the Czech Jazz Contest (Prague) and in 2013 his ensemble was one of the four young artist ensembles from across Europe performing at the Getxo Jazz Festival (Spain). A first-call sideman as both an alto player and acoustic bassist, Fečo performs with the Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band, Kristina Barta & Miroslav Hloucal, among others. He also hosts the jam session at U Malého Glena in Prague. For more details, visit janfeco.com.

A native of Chrudim, Czech Republic, Miroslav Hloucal (b. 1983) began his musical career in Prague performing with the Roman Pokorny Quartet in 2007, and in that same year toured & recorded with American guitarist Hiram Bullock. A sought after sideman by luminaries of the Czech jazz scene, most recently Hloucal has performed and recorded with the Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band, Ondřej Pivec, Emil Viklicky, Karel Růžička and also with vocalist Ondřej Ruml's latest release, which features the legendary drummer Peter Erskine. Also, included in his lengthy discography is a CD featuring his own ensemble, Infinite Quartet entitled Speak Slowly (2009, Animal Music), A graduate of the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory, Hloucal became a professor in the jazz department at Prague's International Conservatory in 2011 and went on in 2012 to win first prize in the Jazz Prix 2012/Jazz an der Donau competition with his own quintet. For more details, visit miroslavhloucal.com.

As a pianist, composer, bandleader, and accompanist, Anne Sajdera is a creative force whose music encompasses an unusually far-flung array of traditions. With musical roots spanning the globe, she melds American and Brazilian jazz to her training in European and Hindustani classical music, creating an utterly personal sound that’s melodically verdant, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically compelling.​ A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, pianist/composer Anne Sajdera received a B.Mu. in Composition. She performs regularly in the Bay Area - as leader of her own ensembles and performing with other artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Sandy Cressman and Terrence Brewer. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic's Poll, Latin Jazz Corner's Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. Sajdera is currently working on her next release. For more details, visit annesajdera.com.

Gary Brown is a skilled and versatile bassist on both acoustic and electric basses, his clear solid foundation as well as his melodic rainbow of color and counterpoint established him as a much sought after component for major recording, performance and production projects around the world. While enrolled in San Jose State University's Art/Design/Music program Gary came to realize that music was his true calling and made the decision to make it his life and his career. he has brought a unique sound and approach to each and every endeavor he has been involved with. In the past 30 years Gary has recorded and performed with such notable artist as Flora Purim & Airto, Steve Winwood, George Duke, Santana ,Lyle Mays, Azar Lawrence , Narada Michael Walden, Gregg Rolie, Dianne Reeves, Roy Ayres, Ernie Watts, Jeff Beck ,Torninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Phararoh Saunders, Eddie Henderson Andy Narrell, Pete and Sheila (Sheila E.) Escovedo. Bernie Worell , Patrice Rushen. Gary has composed music for film and television with Pray for Rain, a film and soundtrack production team whose credits include work for major cable networks HBO, Lifetime, Showtime and Cinemax, as well as for the major television networks ABC, NBC and CBS credits include ,the cult film Sid & Nancy, The Linguini Incident (starring David Bowie)., Straight to Hell, Trust Me, Zandalee (with Judge Reinhold and Nicholas Cage) The Fox television series Key West. to name a few. Currently dividing his time performing with Greg Rolie , Narada Michael Walden and the Rebeca Mauleon Group , Akira Tana , Babtunde Lea Gary continues to compose, perform and produce with various artists and is writing music for his first solo project. For more details, visit mellowtonemusic.com.

Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats including: Paul McCandless, Russell Ferrante, Taylor Eigsti, Art Lande, Geoff Keezer, Jimmy Haslip, Kai Eckhardt, and vocalists Kenny Washington and Rebecca Parris. He’s worked with Cirque Du Soleil in NYC and Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco. Alan taught drum set and ensembles at Berklee College of Music for seven years and he currently teaches drum set and ensembles at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and Cal State University East Bay in Hayward. He is the author of several articles and a drum book entitled: “Internalization”- A non-reading intensive approach to mastery of the jazz drumming language. He is a proud endorser of Brooks Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Aquarian Accessories and Vic Firth Sticks. For more details, visit jazzdrumming.com.

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