John Wubbenhorst and Facing East: India Meets Jazz

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Led by bansuri flutist John Wubbenhorst, a composer influenced by decades of studying classical Indian music, Facing East combines Hindustani and Carnatic sounds with modal jazz in the vein of icons such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Weather Report, John McLaughlin, and Oregon. Featuring: John Wubbenhorst - flutes, keyboards, vocals Eric “Doc” Smith - Zendrum Steve McQuarry - keyboards Jason Everett - 7-string bass The compositions of John Wubbenhorst, a disciple of the great Indi...
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Kathleen Grace: Jazz, Folk & Americana

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Ready for authentic storytelling, original compositions, and selections from the Great American Songbook? Globetrotting Arizona native and Los Angeles resident Kathleen Grace brings a pure sound and her honest and soaring voice to the Poppy for an evening of jazz, folk, and Americana. Featuring: TBA Kathleen Grace’s latest album, No Place To Fall, is a sun-drenched landscape of music rooted in her desert upbringing and elegant country spirit. Recorded at Carriage House Studios and produc...
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Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt: Cinematic Jazz, Global Sounds

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This Canadian quartet explores instrumental music that draws inspiration largely from film scores, jazz, rock, surf, and elements of Eastern European, African, and South American music. At the Poppy, the only San Francisco stop on their first U.S. tour, Atlas Revolt promises music from their acclaimed debut alongside selections from their upcoming album, due this year. Featuring: Bret Higgins - upright bass Aleksandar Gajic - violin Tom Juhas - electric guitar Robbie Grunwald - electric p...
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Andrea Claburn Sextet: Jazz Album Release Celebration

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Jazz vocalist/composer/arranger Andrea Claburn will be joined by an all-star band to celebrate the release of her debut, Nightshade, a collection of original compositions and new arrangements of lesser-known standards by Duke Ellington, Betty Carter, and Pat Metheny. Featuring: Andrea Claburn - vocals Dan Zemelman - piano Aaron Germain - bass Greg Wyser-Pratt - drums Terrence Brewer - guitar Erik Jekabson - trumpet, flugelhorn San Francisco-based Andrea Claburn, born in Baltimore and...
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Sarah Cabral: Contemporary and Classic Songs of Brazil

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Singer/songwriter Sarah Cabral returns to the Poppy with percussionist Alex Calatayud and special guest guitarist Julio Lemos for an evening of contemporary repertoire and Brazilian classics from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Featuring: Sarah Cabral - vocals Alex Calatayud - percussion Julio Lemos - guitar Sarah Cabral, born in southern Brazil, often explores multiple musical genres, from traditional and popular Brazilian music to modern jazz, avant-garde, and classical. She studied at the...
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Sophisticated Ladies Vocal Trio: Gershwin Rediscovered

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This trio of vocalists/musicians from France, the U.K., and the U.S.–Laure Sancho on upright bass, Paola Vera on piano, and Rachael Magidson on drums and trumpet–brings a swinging all-Gershwin program to the Poppy that will feature award-winning musicianship and their signature harmonies. Featuring: Paola Vera - vocals, piano Rachael Magidson - vocals, drums, trumpet Laure Sancho - vocals, upright bass   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admission: $20-25...
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Avotcja & Modúpue: Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Blues with Poetry

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Acclaimed Bay Area poet/playwright/percussionist/radio host Avotcja (pronounced “ah-va-cha”) returns to the Red Poppy with her quartet, whose name means “gratitude” in Yoruba. Expect a set of jazz, blues, Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, and powerful poetry. Featuring: Avotcja - poetry, percussion Jon Jang - piano Sandi Poindexter - violin Francis Wong - saxophone, flute “Heshima” Mark Williams - bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admi...
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Jason Yeager Trio: Chamber Jazz Inspired by Latin, Classical & Literature

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New York-based pianist Jason Yeager returns to the Red Poppy for an evening of catchy and quirky melodies inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's fictional characters, re-imagined standards by the likes of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, grooves from Argentina and Brazil, and musings on Messiaen. He will also perform music from his forthcoming album with violin/mandolin virtuoso Jason Anick, as well as music by Billy Strayhorn and Stevie Wonder. Featuring: Jason Yeager - piano Doug Stewart - bass ...
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The Muted Jewel Tones & Anne Carol Mitchell: Folk, Jazz, and Three-Part Harmony

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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 ...
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The Jimmy Grant Ensemble: The Music of Django Reinhardt

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

Five Spot Jazz ft. Mike Greensill: Jazz Standards and Originals
Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30PM
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...
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Barrio Manouche & Mallar Bhattacharya Band: A Musical Journey from India to Spain

Barrio Manouche & Mallar Bhattacharya Band: A Musical Journey from India to Spain
Saturday, March 25 @ 7:30PM
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...
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Mean To Me: Jazz & Soul, Old & New

Mean To Me: Jazz & Soul, Old & New
Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30PM
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 ...
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MoonCandy: Live Soulful House Music

MoonCandy: Live Soulful House Music
Saturday, March 18 @ 7:00PM
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...
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Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission (Double Show!)

Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission (Double Show!)
Friday, March 17 @ 7:00PM & 8:45PM
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 ...
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Adam Shulman Sextet: Post-Bop Jazz in the Style of Horace Silver & Art Blakey

Adam Shulman Sextet: Post-Bop Jazz in the Style of Horace Silver & Art Blakey
Saturday, March 11 @ 7:30PM
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 -...
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The Dann Zinn Trio: Evocative Jazz for a Bass-Less Trio

The Dann Zinn Trio: Evocative Jazz for a Bass-Less Trio
Friday, March 10 @ 7:30PM
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 Dann 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-s...
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Blum, Johnston, and Glenn: 21st Century Chamber Jazz

Blum, Johnston, and Glenn: 21st Century Chamber Jazz
Saturday, March 4 @ 7:30PM
Influenced by the contemporary and free jazz canons, the classical avant-garde, and beyond, this Bay Area trio will explore the boundaries between jazz and their own highly refined and individualized forms of expression. Each member of the trio has built a diverse and prolific musical life in the Bay Area, and in this new ensemble they will delve into probing the extremes of music: the ambient and the wild, the minimal and the expressive, the consonant and discordant, and everything in between. ...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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Beaucoup Chapeaux: Sounds of an Old-World Café

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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 ...
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Roxy Coss: “Restless Idealism” CD Release Celebration

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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...
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Lavay Smith: Celebrating the Lady Day Songbook

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

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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...
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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...
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