Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Michael Zilber's
Originals for the Originals

A tribute to saxophone giants, one of the Bay Area's leading saxophonists Michael Zilber performs all original music from his new CD, Originals for the ORIGINALS, written in homage to John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond and Joe Henderson. Hailed by leading jazz critics as superb, Zilber's 11th release as a leader is being widely described as his best and most personal recording. Zilber will be joined ​by the outstanding rhythm section of pianist Matt Clark, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Akira Tana.

Saturday, May 20, 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

San Francisco Bay Area based saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber is described by NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as "one of the best players and composers around anywhere. Period!" The Canadian-born ex-New Yorker, an Origin Recording Artist, has 11 albums to his name as a leader or co-leader, including 2015's Live Beauty, named one of Downbeat Magazine's top CDs of that year. His current release, Originals for the Originals with New York greats David Kikoski, James Genus and Clarence Penn, is receiving major radio play and has been hailed by a number of jazz critics as his best and most personal recording. In addition, he has co-led a highly praised and recorded quartet with virtuoso guitarist John Stowell this past decade. As a sideman, among other projects, he is currently a key player/composer in the Bay Area's best big band, the ESO as well as in Erik Jekabson's Stringtet. With a Doctorate in Composition from NYU, Zilber teaches composition, advanced improvisation and ensembles at the CJC and directs the Jazzschool Advanced Workshop, named the country's best HS small group 12 of the past 14 years by Downbeat. For more details, visit michaelzilber.com

Pianist Matthew Clark holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Highly regarded as a pianist and arranger, he has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, John Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman and Teddy Edwards. Clark has toured throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, including appearances at the Monterey, San Francisco, Vienne, Big Sur, Stanford, and Rochester jazz festivals, as well as televised performances for CNN Showbiz Today and multiple PBS specials. Recognized primarily for his tasteful soloing and supportive accompaniment, Matthew has been a lecturer in jazz history and ensemble instructor at the Stanford, Oaktown and Cazadero Jazz workshops.

Peter Barshay is a veteran jazz bassist that has recorded, performed, and toured with an impressive range of musicians during his extensive career. His musical essence was shaped by 15 years spent in the New York City jazz and latin scenes starting in the late seventies with Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano. From salsa and straight ahead to funk, fusion, and avant garde, Peter has absorbed a lot of music on both coasts and continues to play, teach and compose. He is also a member of the Mills College performance faculty. For more details, visit peterbarshay.com

Born and raised in California, Akira Tana earned degrees from Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Tana has worked with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, and many more. He has appeared on over 150 recordings. Just released in Japan is a project entitled JAZZaNOVA on Vega Records that features the vocalists Claudio Amaral, Claudia Villela, Jackie Ryan, Carla Helmbrecht, and Sandy Cressman. Guest artists include Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. This project will be released in the US in 2017. An active teacher and clinician, Tana has taught at Rutgers University, Queens College, Jersey City State College, New York University, and is currently on the faculty at San Francisco State University and the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. Mr. Tana is a product endorser of Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, and Vic Firth Sticks. For more details, visit akiratana.com

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