Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Lorin Benedict & Friends

Scat singer Lorin Benedict will perform standards and some originals with his musical cohorts Kasey Knudsen (alto saxophone), Ben Stolorow (piano), Eric Vogler(bass), and Mike Quigg (drums). This will be an expanded version of a long-standing trio with Kasey, Eric, and Lorin, called The Holly Martins, augmented by two of the Bay Area's finest rhythm section players!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8pm
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


Lorin Benedict is an improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) living in Emeryville, California. He attempts to introduce more structurally involved elements into the field of vocal improvisation. Most of his work in this area is centered loosely in the jazz idiom. Recently, Lorin has co-led small groups (duos, trios) in which the roles of the musicians are somewhat mutable even in contexts where highly structured forms are being played. Examples include Bleeding Vector with Berkeley guitarist Eric Vogler, and another duo project with east bay saxophonist Kasey Knudsen. Together, these three musicians jointly lead the trio project, The Holly Martins. He has also co-led another duo project with Brooklyn-based drummer Sam Ospovat.

Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco Bay Area based saxophonist, composer and educator. She received her BA in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2002. As a composer, Knudsen has been commissioned by the California Jazz Conservatory's Emerging Artist Series, by Intersection for the Arts and by the deYoung Museum. She leads her own sextet and co-leads the ensembles the Schimscheimer Family Trio, and the Holly Martins. Knudsen performs often as a side person with bandleader/composers Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith, Ian Carey, Erik Jekabson, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, among others. She has appeared with Charlie Hunter, Tune-Yards, the Decembrists, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Joe Bagale, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Scott Amendola, and Wil Blades in all the major Bay Area music venues. Active as an educator, Knudsen is a faculty member of Sonoma State University, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Jazz Workshop and the California Jazz Conservatory.

Ben Stolorow came to the Bay Area from Los Angeles to attend UC Berkeley in 1994, and after graduating was awarded the Hertz Traveling Fellowship by the music department there to live and study in New York, including with pianists Stanley Cowell and James Williams. Ben has returned to New York regularly to study with Fred Hersch, and since returning to the Bay Area in 2002, has become one of the most in demand jazz pianists in the area. He has performed at Yoshi’s, The Jazzschool, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, at the Healdsburg and SF Jazz Festivals, and has also toured and performed throughout Japan. He has performed with many great musicians including Akira Tana, Dayna Stephens, Craig Handy, Lorca Hart, Andrew Speight, Vince Lateano, Noel Jewkes, Michael O’Neill, and vocalist Kenny Washington. Ben is also a faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory. As Andy Gilbert from the SF Chronicle has put it, “Whether playing his shapely originals, investigating standards or bearing down on modern jazz classics, he interprets every piece with poise and purpose.”

Guitarist, bassist and composer, Eric Vogler combines a broad interest in African-American and European lineages of art music with an inherent geekiness to produce a unique personal musical language. Eric studied as a youth with Los Angeles guitarists Pete Snell and G. G. Bobues. At UC Berkeley, encounters with pianist Bevan Manson and saxohponist Steve Coleman suggested further avenues for expressions of his interests through music. Besides the above influences, Eric's forays into algorithmically generated music have created an ongoing dialogue in his understanding of musical form and structure. Eric performs regularly in the Bay Area (and occasionally elsewhere) on both instruments. Notable collaborators include Howard Wiley, Mitch Marcus, Vidya, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joshi Marshall, Sam Ospovat, Bryan Bowman, Geechi Taylor, and many more. Current projects that perform Eric's music are Bleeding Vector, Eric's longstanding duo with singer Lorin Benedict, and The Holly Martins, Bleeding Vector plus saxophonist extrodinaire Kasey "Noody" Knudsen.

Originally from Tracy CA, Bay Area transplant Mike Quigg has steadily been planting roots and making his name known within the short time since he made the move to Oakland. He honed his musical voice in Stockton, CA, at Delta college performing in the music program under the direction of Brian Kendrick, and steadily ran a jam session at The Blackwater Cafe for 5 years, which was frequented by the Central Valley’s best (including multiple generations of Brubeck Institute class men/women) who helped his musical growth tremendously. After paying his dues in the greater Central Valley he made the move to Oakland and spent some time at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. Although he left the CJC early, he has had the privilege to be a part of currently active groups that include Laurence Hobgood, Ernie Watts, Mike Olmos, Eric Wyatt, Grant Levin, Kai Eckhardt, Chris Robinson, Osam Ezzeldin, Mike Zilber, Erik Jekabson and many of the finest musicians in the Bay Area and beyond.

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