Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

The Wayne De La Cruz Organ Trio

Long time Bay Area Hammond B3 organist Wayne De La Cruz brings his trio, featuring Jeff Massanari on guitar and Kent Bryson on drums. He will be pulling out all the stops on our early ‘60s vintage Hammond B3 and playing some of his original compositions as well all time jazz favorites.


Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4pm
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


Wayne De La Cruz's desires to make music started at an early age playing drums, vibes and eventually lead to organ and piano. At the age of 9, his parents got his a drum-set and lessons. In junior high school, began taking lessons and playing vibraphone in the school jazz band, his first introduction to playing jazz. While in high school at the age of 14, his father suggested he start playing keyboard and bought him a Baldwin spinet organ that came with 6 free lessons. He soon realized that he preferred organ over an acoustic piano, remembering the organ he heard when his father took him to see Ray Charles in 1968. His first gigging organ was a Hammond Porta B, followed 2 years later by “the real deal,” a 1961 Hammond B-3, the same organ he gigs with today. In 1973, at 16 years old he began gigging for money, which included playing lot of bars, private parties, and events, and he has been a working keyboardist ever since.For more details, visit waynedelacruz.com

Jeff Massanari was born in the small town of Goshen, Indiana, surrounded by the beautiful Amish countryside, but an unexpected move to Washington DC at age 9 changed everything. Exposed to the vibrant music scene there, Jeff sought out the guitar and began playing at age 13, focusing on blues and rock. After hearing the first note of John McLaughlin’s “Inner Mounting Flame,” he was hooked on jazz. By the time Jeff was 17 he was performing and teaching jazz and blues in the DC Area when his love of jazz took him to Boston’s Berklee School of Music. After studying performance and composition, Jeff moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and quickly became one of the most in-demand guitarists, playing in various styles, and often accompanying artists such as Seth MacFarlane, Mark Inouye and the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall, Stern Grove, and traveling to play in Bejing, China.For more deetails, visit jeff-massanari.com

Drummer Kent Bryson is a Bay Area native. He has performed at numerous Jazz and Blues festivals throughout the US, Canada, Italy, Germany and Japan. A busy sideman, he works frequently with Jazz, Blues, R & B, and show artists. He appears regularly at Jazz at Pearl's with vocalist Kim Nalley and other Bay Area favorites, as well as national artists such as Houston Person, David "Fathead" Newman, Ernestine Anderson, and Plas Johnson. Kent has taught music in both classroom and private settings. In addition to his private students, he has been affiliated with the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley and the Mountain View Community School Of Music And Arts. While living in New York, in the 80s, he taught at the Berkeley Carroll School and Classroom Recorder Arts, both in Brooklyn NY. Kent is currently accepting students at his El Cerrito studio. He has worked extensively in the Music Copying field, the exacting Art of preparing orchestra scores and parts. Some past clients include: the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Music Theatre International, Berkeley Opera, Electronic Arts, Donald Byrd, Ray Obiedo, Marc Van Wageningen, Omar Sosa. For more details, visit kentbryson.com


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