The Muted Jewel Tones & Anne Carol Mitchell: Folk, Jazz, and Three-Part Harmony

Guitarist/singer Anne Carol Mitchell and violinist Nissa Gustafson perform beautiful melodies that invite listeners to reconnect with the natural world. The Muted Jewel Tones, a vocal harmony trio, perform songs from the sophisticated to the ridiculous, bringing a little jazz, a little folk, a little pop–and hopefully, a little smile–to the audience. Featuring: Sandy Lindop - guitar, ukulele, vocals Raena Frohlich - guitar, ukulele, vocals Rose Koron - ukulele, vocals Anne Carol Mitchell ...

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble: The Music of Django Reinhardt

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble infuses swing-era pieces, originals, and traditional Roma tunes with Django Reinhardt’s crunchy rhythms and hot harmonies, creating a signature mix that includes Russian folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and classical music while remaining true to Django’s innovative guitar technique. Featuring: Jimmy Grant - guitar Javi Jiménez - guitar Sascha Jacobsen - bass Northern California native Jimmy Grant has performed with artists such as David Grisman, Gonzalo Bergara, Ludovi...

Five Spot Jazz ft. Mike Greensill: Jazz Standards and Originals

This all-star group of Bay Area jazz-scene stalwarts is as traditional as they come: Tenor and alto saxophones in the front line, with piano, bass, and drums in the rhythm section. Their setlist is comprised of standards with new arrangements and original tunes by the band, all featuring pianist/composer/vocalist Mike Greensill. Featuring: Mike Greensill - piano, vocals Charlie McCarthy - saxophone Joe Cohen - alto saxophone John Clark - bass Jack Dorsey - drums   EVENT DETAILS...

Barrio Manouche & Mallar Bhattacharya Band: A Musical Journey from India to Spain

The Red Poppy is proud to present an evening with Spanish guitarist/composer Javier Jimenez’s Barrio Manouche, purveyors of original, instrumental jazz manouche, and the Mallar Bhattacharya Band, a Bay Area-based traditional North Indian ensemble. Each band will perform a set and then play together, merging both cultures to become one. Featuring: Javier Jiménez - guitar Alex Zelnick - guitar Luis Jiménez - cajón Magali Sans-Cartier - violin Cyril Guiraud - soprano saxophone Sascha Jacob...

Mean To Me: Jazz & Soul, Old & New

Bay Area-based quintet Mean To Me resurrects classic sounds of the 1920s through 1940s–sometimes including the modern stylings of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and Ahmad Jamal–and a wide variety of soul- and Latin-influenced jazz. The three core members of Mean to Me are Judy Butterfield, trained as a cabaret singer but whose love is for soul music; Ben Slater, a pianist who became interested in exploring jazz's roots after living in New Orleans; and Dave Shaff, a trumpeter drawn to more ...

MoonCandy: Live Soulful House Music

In the spirit of the black church, jazz, the Freedom Singers, and disco sensation Sylvester, MoonCandy creates an environment for survival music to live and thrive through live performance. The eight-piece ensemble, which features five of the East Bay’s most underrated jazz, soul, blues, and gospel singers, specializes in inspirational lyrics and transfixing grooves, giving birth to a “house church” where everyone is welcome to dance for love. Featuring: Scott Keller - drums Shree Shyam Das...

Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission (Double Show!)

Irish-born violinist Colm Ó Riain and some stellar musical friends combine the music of Ireland with rhythms and melodies from all over the musical world – jazz, blues, Roma, India, Cuba, Brazil, and much more. Featuring: Colm Ó Riain - violin Joe Kyle Jr - bass Geoff van Lienden - guitar Wade Peterson - percussion An accomplished and fiery improviser in many genres, as well as a composer for multiple modern dance companies, Colm has enthralled audiences on stages as diverse as CBGB's ...

Adam Shulman Sextet: Post-Bop Jazz in the Style of Horace Silver and Art Blakey

San Francisco pianist/composer Adam Shulman presents an evening of post-bop original compositions, performed by a sextet of some of the Bay Area's most prominent jazz musicians. With a hard-swinging group aesthetic and close harmonic writing inspired by the classic groups of Horace Silver and Art Blakey, Shulman and his bandmates embrace history while adding to the legacy of one of America's great jazz communities. Featuring: Mike Olmos - trumpet Patrick Wolff - tenor saxophone Lyle Link -...

The Dann Zinn Trio: Evocative Jazz for a Bass-Less Trio

Saxophonist/flutist Dann Zinn, hailed as a distinctive composer and passionate soloist, leads a sax, guitar, and drums trio that combines virtuosic musicianship with memorable melodies and heartfelt passion. Featuring: Dann Zinn - saxophones Chris Robinson - guitar Alan Hall - drums Dan Zinn’s resume includes stints with Peter Erskine, Taylor Eigsti, Joe Henderson, and Barry Finnerty, among others. He has produced four of his own CDs, including 2015’s Shangri La, which earned a four-st...

Atwal/Blum/Clifford/Stuart: 21st Century Chamber Jazz

Influenced by the contemporary jazz canon, rhythms from around the world, hip-hop, R&B, the classical avant-garde, and beyond, this Bay Area-based electroacoustic collective’s mission is to explore ideas around composition and improvisation. Featuring: Hamir Atwal - drums Steve Blum - keyboards Mark Clifford - vibraphone Doug Stuart - bass Steve Blum, a versatile pianist, composer, improviser, and music director, has studied and performed with artists such as Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo ...

The Supplicants: Powerful Collective Musical Improvisation

The Supplicants: Powerful Collective Musical Improvisation
Sun, Feb 19 @ 7:00PM
Two of the Bay Area’s most respected saxophonists, David Boyce and Richard Howell, join drummer Sameer Gupta and bassist David Ewell for this evening-length exploration into musical improvisation. Their music reflects the continuum of jazz from a global orientation, embracing the tones and textures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Featuring: David Boyce - saxophone Richard Howell - saxophone David Ewell - bass Sameer Gupta - drumset Learn more: CD Baby   EV...

Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Original Melodic Chamber Jazz Duets

Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Original Melodic Chamber Jazz Duets
Fri, Feb 17 @ 7:30PM
Guitarist Will Bernard and clarinetist/vocalist Beth Custer present an evening of original compositions and arrangements exploring blues, jazz, folk, and classical music. Featuring: Will Bernard - guitar Beth Custer - clarinet, vocals Guitarist Will Bernard is a Grammy-nominated bandleader and founding member of all-star Bay Area jazz conglomerate T.J. Kirk, as well as Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s rollicking trio. Bernard is a virtuosic performer whose bone-deep, groove-heavy playing...

Alex Conde: Latin Jazz Meets Piano Flamenco (Double Show!)

Alex Conde: Latin Jazz Meets Piano Flamenco (Double Show!)
Thurs, Feb 16 @ 7:00PM & 8:45PM
The Red Poppy Art House welcomes back Spanish flamenco-jazz pianist Alex Conde for an evening of Latin jazz classics and originals. Conde has received enthusiastic accolades for Descarga for Monk, his 2015 jazz, flamenco, and Latin tribute to piano genius Thelonious Monk, and his double show promises to deliver the same thrills. Featuring: Alex Conde - piano (plus a special guest) Berklee College graduate Alex Conde, a native from Spain, is regarded as one of the foremost exponents of ...

Tango No. 9: Exploring the World of Tango

Tango No. 9: Exploring the World of Tango
Sat, Feb 11 @ 7:30PM
San Francisco quartet Tango No. 9 explores the music of tango in all its myriad manifestations. Performing tragic vocal ballads, the habanera rhythms of the dance repertoire, and the tango nuevo of Astor Piazzolla, the group combines violin, piano, trombone, and vocals to capture a large sound that is both romantic and heart-breaking. Featuring: Joshua Raoul Brody - piano Catharine Clune - violin Greg Stephens - trombone Zoltan DiBartolo - vocals Since 1998, all-star Bay Area ensemble ...

Citizens Jazz Presents: Bay Area Women in Jazz

Citizens Jazz Presents: Bay Area Women in Jazz
Fri, Feb 10 @ 7:30PM
This all-star lineup of some of the Bay Area’s best female musicians will pay tribute to the history of jazz, from old-time blues, 1930s and ’40s tangos, choros, valse-musettes, and swing to ’50s and ’60s bebop and ending with a special, contemporary approach on traditional jazz favorites. Featuring: Kally Price - vocals Gabi Cavassa - vocals Caroline Chung - upright bass Amina Michele Scott - upright bass Jenelle Roccaforte - upright bass Gaea Schell - piano Elektra Schmidt - piano R...

Sueños: Contemporary Jazz + Hip-Hop Beats

Sueños: Contemporary Jazz + Hip-Hop Beats
Thurs, Feb 9 @ 7:30PM
Whether playing in loud rock clubs or more intimate spaces, Sueños boasts a remarkably adaptable repertoire that integrates hip-hop beats, gospel harmonies, acoustic bass, bebop-influenced horns, and electronics. The group writes and performs original music, as well as covers by artists such as Roy Hargrove, Christian Scott, Kanye West, and J Dilla. Featuring: Noah Frank - trumpet Eli Strauss - tenor saxophone Manny Berry - keyboard Curtis Aikens - bass Brandon Farmer - drums Learn mo...

Beaucoup Chapeaux: Sounds of an Old-World Café

Beaucoup Chapeaux
Sat, Jan 28 @ 7:30PM
With a sound influenced by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Roma music, jazz, and folk, Beaucoup Chapeaux returns to the Poppy for an evening of originals and reinterpretations of traditional European classics, ready to transport you through time and space. Featuring: Maggie McKaig - accordion, vocals Luke Wilson - tenor guitar, plectrum banjo, vocals Murray Campbell - violin, oboe, English horn, vocals Randy McKean - clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, vocals Beaucoup Chapeaux founder and ...

Roxy Coss: “Restless Idealism” CD Release Celebration

Roxy Coss
Sat, Jan 15 @ 7:30PM
New York-based saxophonist Roxy Coss brings her feel-good take on contemporary jazz to the Red Poppy for an evening of selections from her latest album, Restless Idealism. Coss, a rising composer and experienced educator who’s considered one of the most innovative saxophonists of her generation, is credited with a sound that DownBeat calls “intelligent yet accessible.” Featuring: Roxy Coss - saxophones Maya Kronfeld - piano Doug Stuart - bass Hamir Atwal - drums Originally from Seattl...

Lavay Smith: Celebrating the Lady Day Songbook

Lavay Smith
Sat, Jan 7 @ 7:30PM
Lavay Smith, best known as the sultry vocalist and bandleader of the acclaimed Red Hot Skillet Lickers, rings in the first weekend of 2017 by bringing an all-star piano/bass/trombone trio to the Poppy for a night of songs made famous by jazz icon Billie Holiday. Featuring: Jules Broussard - saxophone Danny Armstrong - trombone, vocals Chris Siebert - piano Ron Belcher - bass Lavay Smith’s vintage style and sultry vocals–influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Li...

Alex Hand Band: A Balkan Jazz Quartet

Alex Hand Band
Sun, Dec 18 @ 7:30PM
With a setlist that ranges from Bulgarian wedding tunes to hot club jazz, the Alex Hand Band mines the common ground between swing and Eastern European folk dance music–the soundtrack of Western music moving across Balkan borders and being changed by European village music. Featuring: Alex Hand - guitar Kevin Gerzevitz - keys, accordion Gabe Case - bass Valentino - percussion Alex Hand, who has traveled to the Balkans to study folk music, is involved with various projects in the Bay Ar...

Makrú: A Night of Rumba Flamenca, Ska, Reggae & Cumbia

Sat, Dec 17 @ 7:30PM
Makrú’s unifying ethos is more than just talk: This pan-cultural five-piece uses Spanish and English lyrics to blend reality and fiction, and their signature mix of rumba flamenca, reggae, cumbia, and ska promises to bring everyone to the dancefloor. Featuring: Jenny Rodriguez - vocals Raúl Vargas - cajón, vocals Haluk Kecelioglu - oud, violin Bob Sanders - guitar OriAche - percussion Learn more: Website | Facebook | Bandcamp   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Sho...

Charles Xavier: Jazz Standards and the Music of SATORI

Charles Xavier
Thurs, Dec 15 @ 7:30PM
Producer, composer, electronic musician, and percussionist Charles Xavier performs jazz standards, as well as compositions by his former band, ’70s jazz ensemble SATORI. Join Xavier and his quartet, who specialize in “unconventional music for unconventional minds,” as they touch on jazz, new age and ambient music, and holiday classics. Featuring: Clifford Brown III - trumpet Terry Rodriguez - piano Richard Saunders - bass Charles Xavier - drums A jazz drummer from the age of 16, Bay A...

Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis: Vintage Inspirations, Soulful Voices

Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis
Sun, Dec 11 @ 7:30PM
Songstresses Nicole Stromsoe and Amber Gougis co-headline an evening of original material intermingled with old-school classics. Accompanied only by acoustic guitar and double bass, Stromsoe and Gougis aim to captivate audiences with enchanting vocals inspired by jazz, blues, R&B, and folk. Featuring: Nicole Stromsoe - vocals Amber Gougis - vocals Dorian Michael - guitar Ken Hustad - double bass With a voice that has been described as “nourishing,” “sensual,” and “rich,” Nicole Stromso...

Patrick Wolff/Grant Stewart Quintet: Classic Bebop Saxophone

Patrick Wolff/Grant Stewart Quintet
Sat, Dec 10 @ 7:30PM
Two highly acclaimed jazz saxophonists, Patrick Wolff and Grant Stewart, light up the night with dexterous and exhilarating renderings of the classic two-tenor groups. Alongside a vibrant trio of experienced musicians, Wolff and Stewart pay tribute to the time-honored compositions of Charles Mingus, Al Cohn, Freddie Redd, and Duke Ellington, brought to life in a magnetic convergence of East and West Coast virtuosity. Featuring: Grant Stewart – tenor saxophone Patrick Wolff – tenor and alto...

LOAN: Revolutionary Poetry & Music ft. Tongo Eisen-Martin & Peck the Town Crier

LOAN ft. Tongo Eisen-Martin & Peck the Town Crier
Sun, Nov 20 @ 7:00PM
Music, poetry, and history converge powerfully in LOAN, a collective of artists integrating new-generation, African-American avant-garde poetry and jazz-influenced musical exploration. The quartet, founded by poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and guitarist Peck the Town Crier, aims to give musical shape to the longing for revolution by way of word and chord. Featuring: Tongo Eisen-Martin – poet Peck the Town Crier – guitar Jon Rogers – drums Miles Wick – upright and electric bass Tongo Eisen-Mar...

Matt Renzi’s Arm Sized Legging: Cinematic Chamber Jazz

Matt Renzi’s Arm Sized Legging
Thurs, Nov 17 @ 7:30PM
Arm Sized Legging gets its signature sound both from its unusual instrumentation–woodwinds (saxophone/oboe/clarinet), cello, bass and drums–and an all-original repertoire. Using both free-form improvisation and traditional song forms as the basis of collective soloing, composer/bandleader Renzi’s music explores textures, colors, and sonorities while adding a contemporary classical touch to the mix with cello. Featuring: Matt Renzi - saxophone, oboe, clarinet John Wiitala - bass Hamir Atwal...

Tiffany Austin & Alex Conde: Flamenco Meets the Blues (Double Show!)

Tiffany Austin & Alex Conde (Double Show!)
Sat, Nov 12 @ 7:00PM & 8:30PM
Bay Area blues singer Tiffany Austin partners up with Spanish flamenco jazz pianist Alex Conde for an evening of blues, jazz, and piano flamenco exploration. Featuring: Tiffany Austin - vocals Alex Conde - piano Tiffany Austin's much-anticipated debut recording, Nothing But Soul, has received a warm reception from audiences and critics alike, including a four-star DownBeat Magazine review, a feature on NPR’s Fresh Air radio program, and inclusion on KQED’s Top 10 Bay Area Jazz Releases o...

Seth Ford-Young Quartet: Chamber Music Meets Early Jazz

Seth Ford-Young Quartet
Sun, Nov 6 @ 7:30PM
Composer/bandleader/bassist Seth Ford-Young leads his dream quartet on a mission to integrate the transparent textures of chamber music and the ebullient bounce of Django Reinhardt-style jazz. The group will perform pieces from their newest release, Time Memory Beauty Hope, as well as favorites from their first album, Seth Ford-Young. Featuring: Seth Ford-Young - bass Evan Price - violin, octave violin Rob Reich - accordion Jason Vanderford - guitar Seth Ford-Young has collaborated wi...

Daniel Riera Ensemble: Future Flutist with Electric Ensemble

Daniel Riera Ensemble
Sat, Nov 5 @ 7:30PM
Drawing inspiration from ’70s jazz, funk, and the rhythmic tug of post-Dilla hip-hop, Daniel Riera presents new music for flute, wind controller, and electric ensemble. The multi-instrumentalist is well known for his impressive performances on the wind controller, a digital woodwind delivering earth-shaking bass, acidic melodies, and even chords. Featuring: Daniel Riera - flute, wind controller Kev Choice - keyboards Dame Drummer - drums Kai Lyons - guitar Camille Mai - vocals San Fra...

Danny Green Trio: Jazz, Classical & Brazilian Convergence

Danny Green Trio
Sun, Oct 23 @ 7:30PM
Pianist/composer Danny Green and his trio return to the Red Poppy to showcase their melodically charged blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and classical sounds. As a rising force on the national jazz scene, Green distinguishes himself with a beautifully articulated touch and deep affinity for Brazilian music. Featuring: Danny Green - piano Justin Grinnell - bass Julien Cantelm - drums Southern California native Danny Green has garnered a reputation in the jazz community as an emerging ar...