HERMANO: Improvised Soundscapes & Ambient Music

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HERMANO is about transcending reality through sonorous sounds that engage your subconscious mind on a journey through time and space. Atmospheric improvisations and a musical communication are some of the things to expect from HERMANO.   FEATURING: Dillon Baiocchi - saxophones, clarinet, flute M Michailidis - guitar, effects   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Dillon Baiocchi graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2012. He has performed in America, Canada, Japan, Kore...
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Karl Evangelista: Exploring the Filipino-American Avant-Garde

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Filipino-American guitarist Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song. Joined by an all-star grouping of Bay Area experimentalists, including members of art rock band Grex, Evangelista explores the meeting point between the throttling power of psychedelic rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz.   FEATURING: Karl Evangelista - guitar Rei Scampavia - keys (More musicians TBA)   ABO...
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Cosa Nostra Strings: Hybrid String Crossover Music

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Cosa Nostra Strings present a program of original works and their own interpretations of a few covers. Ranging from acoustic heavy metal to power ballads and everything in between, they utilize their distinct instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion to the fullest extent.   FEATURING: Shaina Evoniuk - violin Adam Theis - trombone, bass Keith Lawrence - viola Lewis Patzner - cello Aaron Kierbel - percussion   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: A branch of the il...
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Renegade Duo: 21st Century Salon

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Renegade Duo presents Historically (In)appropriate, a 21st century salon with an eclectic program of intimate songs spanning centuries and genres, with sets by Dusan Bogdanovic, California-based composer Gary Eister, obscure pieces by 19th century guitar composers Salvador Castro de Gistau and Karl Eulenstein, songs by John Dowland, as well as a collection of reimagined jazz standards for voice and banjo.   FEATURING: Melinda Becker - mezzo-soprano vocals Jon Mendle - tenor banjo, Renai...
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Stephanie Bruce Ensemble: True Stories: Original Notes & Letters

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Stephanie Bruce and her ensemble present original words and eclectic music inspired by a variety of influences, from Debussy to Dylan, with a side of groove.   FEATURING: Stephanie Bruce - vocals John R Burr - piano Aaron Germain - bass Kendrick Freeman - drums   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Stephanie Bruce is a singer, composer, and lyricist who has been performing for over three decades in the Bay Area and beyond. Having spent several years singing jazz in local clubs, she is currently...
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Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: Compositions of Drummers & Percussionists

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Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel present their own arrangements of compositions by well-known jazz drummers and Latin jazz percussionists, as well as original music.   FEATURING: Brian Andres - drumset Javier Cabanilas - congas Christian Tumalan - piano Aaron Germain - bass Steffen Kuehn - trumpet   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Lead by drummer Brian Andres, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel (ACJC) was formed to contribute its own mark to the San Francisco Bay Area’s history of Lati...
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Justin Ancheta Acoustic: Folklyrico Americana – Latin Reggae Flamenco

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Justin Ancheta is an established musician and songwriter in the Bay Area with compelling and eclectic styles that range as far as his ethnicity takes him. With songs in English, Spanish, and Tagalog, Ancheta encompasses his Californian roots with global influences. He is accompanied with melodies by Garcia Scammon on clarinet and saxophone and often has special guests that bridge into new territories of musicality.   FEATURING: Justin Ancheta - guitar, vocals Garcia Scammon - saxophone ...
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Alex Conde, John Santos & Jeff Chambers: Jazz Flamenco (DOUBLE SHOW!)

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Jazz/flamenco pianist Alex Conde returns to the Bay Area to reunite with his California trio featuring Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos and legendary bassist Jeff Chambers. This extraordinary trio of natural-born improvisors will explore the intersections of jazz, Latin jazz, flamenco, and all the spaces in between, leaving you inspired, elated, and transformed.   FEATURING: Alex Conde - piano John Santos - percussion Jeff Chambers - bass   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Alex Con...
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Alex Hand Band / Three For Silver: Balkan Folk-Jazz Meets Apocalyptic Folk Noir

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A staple in the Bay Area Balkan and gypsy swing scenes in recent years, Alex Hand’s current project explores the common ground of influence between western art music and jazz with folk music of Eastern Europe. The repertoire features uptempo and high-energy dance tunes from Bulgaria and Romania with a progressive edge. Sharing the night is post-folk/rock band Three For Silver, who is currently on tour supporting the newest album, The Way We Burn, released September 2017 on Foggy Night Records...
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Sameer Gupta: A Circle Has No Beginning

Sameer Gupta: A Circle Has No Beginning
Sunday, February 18 @ 7:00PM
This project infuses an element of deep appreciation for cultural diversity and respect for tradition as well as innovation into the musical landscape today. The ensemble's diverse roots, spontaneity, and musical influences of soul, modern jazz, Native American melodies, and Indian classical traditions help bring together a relevant and powerful statement. This work represents the power of collaboration and mindfulness towards others.   FEATURING: Sameer Gupta - drumset, tabla Jay Gandh...
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Dynamic ft. Paul Kim: Danish Jazz & Close Harmonies

Dynamic ft. Paul Kim: Danish Jazz & Close Harmonies
Thursday, February 15 @ 7:30PM
Consisting of four singers and a rhythm section, Dynamic is a Danish jazz band that creates close-harmony arrangements of classic and progressive jazz tunes. Their current repertoire focuses on vocal arrangements of instrumentals by jazz giants including Miles, Monk, Coltrane, Gillespie, and more, as well as original songs with a sprinkling of funk and soul.   FEATURING: Paul Kim - baritone, arranger Kirstine Dahlberg - soprano Katrine Rømhild - mezzo-soprano Anne Rørbaek Olesen - alt...
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Mark Zaleski Band: High-Energy Jazz

Mark Zaleski Band: High-Energy Jazz
Saturday, February 10 @ 7:30PM
Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Mark Zaleski comes to San Francisco to celebrate the release of his second album, Days, Months, Years. The album includes clever compositions combined with choice standards reimagined to fit the style of his band of 10 years. Zaleski performs on saxophone this evening as he puts his own spin on modern jazz by incorporating his love of rock music with his jazz training.   FEATURING: Malcolm Campbell - piano Doug Stewart - bass Colin McDaniel - drums ...
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Howard Alden w/ Kit Eakle’s DjangoSphere: Music of Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt & More

Howard Alden w/ Kit Eakle’s DjangoSphere: Music of Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt & More
Saturday, January 27 @ 7:30PM
Prominent jazz guitarist Howard Alden joins veteran violinist Kit Eakle and his project DjangoSphere for an evening of standards, originals, and the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk and Django Reinhardt. In the words of Bay Area jazz reviewer Andrew Gilbert, "DjangoSphere is a rhythmically dexterous rollercoaster ride that artfully melds the sounds of two irreducibly brilliant artists."   FEATURING: Howard Alden - guitar Kit Eakle - violin Rory Judge - drums Don Bennett - bass  ...
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Derek Lassiter: “Secular Spirituals”

Derek Lassiter: “Secular Spirituals”
Friday, January 26 @ 7:30PM
Derek Lassiter returns to the Red Poppy to present new songs along with songs from past releases. He will be joined by long-time collaborators Tammy L. Hall and Art Khu for an evening of jazz, soul, and beyond.   FEATURING: Derek Lassiter - vocals Tammy L. Hall - piano Art Khu - bass, guitar Elé Howell - drums Maritri Garrett - vocals   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Vocalist and songwriter Derek Lassiter, a native New Yorker, has called the Bay Area home for many years now. A mainstay on...
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SOLD OUT: Bay Area Women Musicians: A Sequel to Women in Jazz

Bay Area Women Musicians: A Sequel to Women in Jazz
Sunday, January 21 @ 7:30PM
A sequel to the Women in Jazz show, this night brings together some of the best up-and-coming female musicians and veteran talents from the Bay Area. Their repertoire spans an eclectic range of styles and genres, from jazz to pop and funk to soul, through a mix of covers and original music. All the musicians can be seen around town performing with various bands and ensembles, as well as touring all over the world.   FEATURING: Jenna Mammina - vocals Emily Afton Moldenhauer - vocals Ren...
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Sisu Brassland & Mughal Muesli: Music for Brass & Saxophone

Sisu Brassland & Mughal Muesli: Music for Brass & Saxophone
Saturday, January 20 @ 7:30PM
First up on the bill, Sisu BrassLand performs original music for brass composed by bandleader Aaron Priskorn. Crossing many genres while remaining connected to classical voice leading, the group creates aural paintings and emotive jams through various textures, grooves, and melodies. Mughal Muesli then presents tunes from their debut album, Imperial Cereal, an exploration of an alternate-historical merging of cultures represented by their most imaginative musical exports. The album seeks to ...
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SOLD OUT: Bay Area’s Women in Jazz: An Evening of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Batucada & More

Bay Area’s Women in Jazz: An Evening of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Batucada & More
Friday, January 19 @ 8:00PM
Bay Area's Women in Jazz brings together some of the best female jazz musicians for another night under one roof. The performance celebrates and recognizes the talents and hard work of these women who are sometimes underrepresented in the male-dominated scene. With music ranging from straight-ahead jazz, blues, swing, bebop, gospel, and soul, the evening comes to a close with some Brazilian tunes featuring a batucada percussion jam.   FEATURING: Adriana Morrero - vocals Kimiko Joy - voc...
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Renzi/Johnston/Shulman/Vogler: “Bye Bye Bartok” – Reimagining Great Symphonic & Chamber Themes

Renzi/Johnston/Shulman/Vogler: “Bye Bye Bartok” – Reimagining Great Symphonic & Chamber Themes
Saturday, January 13 @ 7:30PM
What if Béla Bartók wrote “Bye Bye Blackbird”? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but four Bay Area voices come together to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others, followed by a set of their own compositions. Chamber jazz from the heart, this evening marks the inaugural performance of the new quartet.   FEATURING: Darren Johnston - trumpet Matt Renzi - woodwinds Adam Shulman ...
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Ren Geisick and Her Quartet: Love Song & Other Misunderstandings

Ren Geisick and Her Quartet: Love Song & Other Misunderstandings
Friday, January 5 @ 7:30PM
Ren Geisick presents songs from her new CD, Ren, Love Song, along with new original music and jazz-meets-country arrangements. Kicking off the evening is a set from Adira Shark, whose rich vocals and unique style will be a great compliment to Ren and her quartet.   FEATURING: Adira Shark - guitar, vocals Ren Geisick - vocals Jon Dryden - piano Danny Gerz - bass Bob Welsh - guitar Jim Kassis - drums   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Her talent honed during countless renditions of old stand...
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Michelle Alany & The Mystics: Sephardic Soul & Balkan Music

Michelle Alany & The Mystics: Sephardic Soul & Balkan Music
Saturday, December 16 @ 8:00PM
Michelle Alany & The Mystics brings fresh interpretations of ancient melodies, hypnotic strings, and wild improvisation with their energizing soulful music. The band consists of seasoned jazz, classical, and globally folk-minded musicians with diverse musical backgrounds in Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Klezmer music.   FEATURING: Michelle Alany - violin, vocals Gregory Masaki Jenkins - clarinet Misha Khalikulov - cello Travis Hendrix - upright bass Faisal Zedan - percussion Andrew Co...
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Mean to Me: Classic Vocal Jazz Set to a Modern Tune

Mean to Me: Classic Vocal Jazz Set to a Modern Tune
Thursday, December 14 @ 7:30PM
Mean to Me is a jazz quintet that resurrects classic jazz of the 1920s through 1940s–sometimes interlaced with the more modern stylings of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and Ahmad Jamal–and an eclectic variety of soul-jazz and Latin jazz.   FEATURING: Judy Butterfield - vocals Ben Slater - saxophone, piano Cairo McCochran - drums Dave Shaff - trumpet Scott Foster - guitar Adam Gay - bass   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Mean to Me is comprised of four core members: Judy, who trained...
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The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber con Alma

The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber con Alma
Saturday, December 9 @ 7:30PM
The Musical Art Quintet, formed in 2008 during weekly jam sessions in the Mission, features the music of bandleader/composer/bassist Sascha Jacobsen. The MAQ’s modern compositions blend jazz harmony, world rhythms, and a chamber-music sensibility upon which the players of the quintet improvise.   FEATURING: Sascha Jacobsen - bass Lewis Patzner - cello Charith Premawardhana - viola Anthony Blea - violin Michelle Walther - violin   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Sascha Jacobsen has performe...
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Destiny Muhammad, Darren Johnston, Giulio Xavier: Jazz Harp, Trumpet & Bass

Destiny Muhammad, Darren Johnston, Giulio Xavier: Jazz Harp, Trumpet & Bass
Friday, December 1 @ 7:30PM
The Poppy is proud to present the inaugural collaboration between jazz harpist Destiny Muhammad, trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston, and bassist Giulio Xavier, three longtime contributors to the Bay Area music scene. Expect fresh takes on jazz standards, some premieres of original music, and selected covers from around the globe.   FEATURING: Destiny Muhammad - harp, vocals Darren Johnston - trumpet, vocals Giulio Xavier - bass   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Performer, bandleader, pr...
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Dahveed Behroozi Group: The Great American Songbook

Dahveed Behroozi Group: The Great American Songbook
Thursday, November 30 @ 7:30PM
Pianist/composer Dahveed Behroozi, whose focus is jazz, classical, and new music, makes his Red Poppy debut as a leader with an evening of Great American Songbook explorations and improvisations.   FEATURING: Dahveed Behroozi - piano (Additional performers TBA)   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Pianist and composer Dahveed Behroozi is a New York City-based musician who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dahveed’s playing has been described as "highly expressive, lyrical, and col...
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Jason Anick & Jason Yeager Quartet: Modern Chamber Jazz with Latin & Pop Influences

Jason Anick & Jason Yeager Quartet: Modern Chamber Jazz with Latin & Pop Influences
Saturday, November 25 @ 7:30PM
Bringing together original compositions and creative covers of music from the Great American Songbook and the Beatles, Berklee College of Music faculty members Jason Anick and Jason Yeager’s "jazz without borders" approach to music-making features adventurous improvisations and a commitment to melody and group interplay. At their first Red Poppy show together, expect to hear songs from their recently released album, United, on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music.   FEATURING: Jason Anick - vi...
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CHELLE! and Friends: New Orleans Meets the Bay

CHELLE! and Friends: New Orleans Meets the Bay
Friday, November 17 @ 7:30PM
The Poppy is proud to welcome back New Orleans native Michelle Jacques, who has solidified her rep as Oakland's "Queen of New Orleans Music" by stirring jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock, and Mardi Gras Indian chants into a musical gumbo that leaves audiences wanting more.   FEATURING: Michelle Jacques - vocals Rhonda Crane - vocals Bryan Dyer - vocals, horn Donna Viscuso - woodwinds Eric Swinderman - guitar Kevin Scott - bass Michaelle Goerl...
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Melford, Morris, Mezzacappa & Adams: Energetic Avant-Jazz

Melford, Morris, Mezzacappa & Adams: Energetic Avant-Jazz
Thursday, October 5 @ 7:30PM
Pianist Myra Melford, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and saxophonists Angela Morris and Steve Adams perform original compositions and spontaneous improvisations. Ranging from melodic free jazz to energetic sonic explorations, they bring their unique chemistry to the West Coast for the first time this fall. Featuring: Myra Melford - piano Angela Morris - tenor saxophone Lisa Mezzacappa - bass Steve Adams - saxophones Pianist, composer, and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford is a singular voice in...
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Kellye Gray: Postmodern Jazz Vocals

Kellye Gray: Postmodern Jazz Vocals
Sunday, October 1 @ 7:30PM
Acclaimed jazz vocalist Kellye Gray–renowned for her powerful voice, four-octave range, and 1990 Top 20 hit, Standards in Gray–comes to the Poppy to celebrate the release of a new album, Rendering. Featuring: TBA Texas native Kellye Gray has recorded seven albums as a leader, performed nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals, and shared the stage with many top names in jazz and blues. A songwriter since the age of 17 and a self-taught guitarist, Gray has produc...
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Custer/James/Amendola/Glasgow: Film Scores Without Films

Custer/James/Amendola/Glasgow: Film Scores Without Films
Saturday, September 30 @ 7:30PM
Joined by New York vocalist Diana Mangano, four Bay Area musical treasures convene for one night to present the music of Beth Custer and David James, and to explore spontaneous improvisations. Custer's growling bass clarinet meets James's versatile guitar, on a bed of grooves by Amendola and Glasgow. Featuring: Beth Custer - clarinets David James - guitar Scott Amendola - drums Jordan Glasgow - keyboards Diana Mangano - vocals Beth Custer is an Emmy Award-winning composer, performer, ...
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Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission

Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission
Friday, September 29 @ 7:30PM
Violinist/composer Colm Ó Riain and some stellar musical friends mix the soul of his native Ireland with rhythms and melodies from all over the world — jazz, blues, Roma, India, Cuba, Brazil, and more — while exploring new frontiers of sound, all with a developed sense of humor. Featuring: Colm Ó Riain - violin, vocals Joe Kyle, Jr. - bass Geoff van Lienden - guitar Kate Brubeck - vocals An accomplished and fiery improviser in many genres, a global musician, and a composer for film an...
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