Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Golden Circle Sextet
Album Release Party

Join us as we celebrate the album release of Dan Neville’s debut album as a leader, Tenerife. Tenerife features all original jazz compositions by Dan Neville (vibes), as well as an amazing band he put together that includes Destiny Muhammad (harp), Rebecca Kleinmann (alto flute), Laura Klein (piano), Shimpei Ogawa (bass), and Pepe Jacobo (drums). This rare and special performance will include Grammy-nominated John Santos on percussion!

Saturday December 16, 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


Dan Neville is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Neville is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, jazz performer, jazz big band arranger and a full time student. His credentials include 7 seasons of SFJAZZ Center's Monday Night Big Band, arranging for Adam Theis' Realistik Orchestra, 3 outstanding musicianship awards from Reno, Chabot, and CSUEB jazz festivals, and winning 1st place in the 2017 Jazz Search West competition. Neville has studied jazz arranging and improvisation with Bennett Friedman at Santa Rosa JC, studied composition and piano with Rebeca Mauleon at City College of San Francisco, and is currently studying Jazz education at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA, working towards a BA. danvibes.com


Destiny Muhammad is a Recording/ Performing Artist | Band Leader | Composer & Producer. Her genre "Celtic to Coltrane" is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony and Smooth Jazz Artist Gerald Albright, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, Blue Note Artist Ambrose Akisemuire, and Azar Lawrence to name a few. She has headlined for 'Women in Jazz' Concert series, the AfroSolo/Yerba Buena Gardens Concert Festival, Sundays in the Redwoods Concert, Fest Sundiata and SFJAZZ Tribute to Alice Coltrane's epic album Impulse Release Journey in Satchidananda. Destiny is the Principal Harpist for the Eddie Gale Inner Peace Orchestra, the Oakland Community Orchestra and performs with The AWESOME Orchestra. "When one contemplates the great musicians of Jazz a list of harpists do not immediately come to mind, but that is destined to change with Sound Sculptress, Destiny Muhammad." destinymuhammadproject.com


Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, and composer with a professional career marked by diversity and improvisation. In the words of Latin Grammy Nominated pianist, Jovino Santos Neto, “Rebecca plays flute with the passion of a flamenco dancer.” An explorer at heart, she rockets and flows between genres, leading her Jazz Quartet and performing in Brazilian choro and flamenco shows.

Rebecca’s international career has taken her to perform on stages in Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Africa and Australia including Melbourne’s International Women in Jazz Festival, as well as the SF Jazz Center, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s and the Paramount Theatre closer to her Oakland home. She has been hosting four years of her “Brazil and Beyond” series at Baobab, San Francisco. Jazz pianist Benny Green says “Kleinmann is masterful and selfless in her ability and inclination of melding her sound with her environment.” She has performed with musical greats including Hermeto Pascoal, Lionel Loueke, Airto Moriera, and Carlos Oliveira and world-class dancers including Melissa Cruz and Rosangela Silvestre. In addition to her Quartet, Rebecca performs with Dona Francisca, La Dee Da, Taylor Praise Choir and Brasiliense, her duo with Brazilian guitarist Ian Faquini. Their alchemy together has been heralded as “the balance of deep preparation with the unaffected abandon to go wherever the moment leads.”

Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rebecca played flute in a gospel church and in the city’s Youth Symphony. In 2000, she won the National Flute Association’s Jazz competition. Rebecca studied at the acclaimed Indiana University School of Music then traveled to immerse herself in Flamenco and Brazilian Music. Rebecca produced her first album “Raio de Sol” in 2005 including co-written music with Hermeto Pascoal. In addition to performing and recording, Rebecca is a dedicated private music teacher and is currently directing choirs with the Oakland Youth Chorus. rebeccakleinmann.com


Laura Klein is a pianist, composer, bandleader and recording artist. Besides leading her own trio and co-leading FivePlay Jazz Quintet, she has a busy freelance performing life on the SF Bay Area jazz scene. She has shared the stage with many vocalists including Clairdee, Jenny Fer­ris, Ed Reed, Kay Kostopou­los, Jen­nifer Lee, Jackie Ryan, Celia Malheiros, and Nico­las Bearde, horn play­ers Noel Jewkes, Bryan Girard, Bob Ken­motsu, Bryan Girard and Dave Rocha, drummers Eddie Marshall, Alan Hall, Jason Lewis and Benny Barth, and big bands includ­ing the Morches­tra, the CSM Band, and the Mont­clair Women’s Big Band. She has appeared at SF Jazz with her own trio, Steve McQuarry’s Trib­ute to Carla Bley, and with the Des­tiny Muham­mad Project, and performed with John Dankworth and the SF Symphony. A concert of her compositions was featured on KCSM-FM's "In the Moment". She is an Associate Professor of the Alexander Technique at the California Jazz Conservatory. lauraklein.net


Shimpei Ogawa is a Japanese bass player who has been enrolled in the California Jazz Conservatory since the fall of 2016. He is currently studying with Dr. Jeff Denson. Shimpei previously attended the Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan and has played in various venues throughout Tokyo. After arriving in the Bay Area, Shimpei has performed with many notable musicians including Akira Tana, Bob Kenmotsu, Dan Zemelman, and Alan Hall.

 


Pepe Jacobo is one of the Bay Area’s top Afro-Cuban drummers and a first call percussionist. He writes and performs original music, on both guitar and percussion, with many Bay Area bands. He is a master of many genres of music reflected by the diversity of the groups he plays with including The Jorge Santana Band, Latin Funk band Mas Cabeza, Latin Jazz group CALIENTE 2000, and World Music group Volcan. Jacobo plays music in many styles but with a special emphasis in Afro-Cuban drum-set, Afro-Brazilian drum-set, Latin Jazz and Straight Ahead Jazz. Jacobo can "sit in" with any group easily mastering original charts. Jacobo is guaranteed to deliver a highly professional and swinging percussion section. Jacobo has a degree in Music from the University of Costa Rica. He has studied with Stewart Mars and received private instruction with both Antoni Saroni and Pete Magadini. He has been a music instructor at the San Francisco Community Music Center of both percussion and guitar since 1995. pepejacobo.com


John Santos, seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist, US Artists Fontanals Fellow, and 2013-2014 SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, November 1, 1955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way. His studies of Afro-Latin music have included several trips to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia. He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer whose career has spanned four decades. John has performed and/or recorded with acknowledged, multi-generational masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, and Eddie Palmieri. johnsantos.com

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