Rini: Dramatic Art-Rock and Indian Electronica

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New York-based singer, composer, and violinist Rini comes to the Poppy with her cadre of international musicians, who draw inspiration from Indian classical music, electronica, art rock, and jazz, presenting groovy, pulsing music. Featuring: Rini - vocals, violin, electronics Aleif Hamdan - guitar Achal Murthy - bass Yogev Gabay - drums Íñigo Galdeano Lasheras - saxophone, ewi Harini “Rini” Raghavan has recorded and performed with Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman, headlined festi...
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Joanna Wallfisch: Post-Folk Art Music with Ukulele & Looper

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Singer-songwriter Joanna Wallfisch returns to the Red Poppy with songs from her latest album, Blood and Bone. Come hear tales of love and travel inspired by her 2016 bike tour "The Great Song Cycle," where Joanna biked and sang her way from Portland to Los Angeles (with a stop at the Red Poppy) last year. Featuring: Joanna Wallfisch - vocals, ukulele, looper London-born, Los Angeles/New York-based vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Joanna Wallfisch has emerged as a unique vo...
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Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Diane Moser/Vijay Anderson: Creative Music Quartet

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The Red Poppy is proud to present an evening of works by four masterful composer/improvisers, each of whom has developed original concepts towards creative music, informed through a lifetime of exploration and reaching beyond an array of musical traditions. Featuring: Hafez Modirzadeh - saxophones Mark Dresser - bass Diane Moser - piano Vijay Anderson - drums Mark Dresser is a Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collabor...
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Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music

Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music
Saturday, June 24 @ 7:30PM
Vocalist/composer Molly Holm, with her all-star jazz trio, makes her Red Poppy debut exploring the multicultural crossroads of improvised music through original compositions, straight-ahead and modal jazz tunes, and traditional folk songs. Molly's music, often intertwined with the elements of North Indian raga, experimental vocals, or playful free-form improvisation, also reveals the rhythmic and note-bending influences inherited from the music of the African diaspora. Featuring: Frank Marti...
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David James’s GPS: Jazzy Border Crossings

David James’s GPS: Jazzy Border Crossings
Friday, June 23 @ 8:00PM
David James (Afrofunk Experience, Beth Custer Ensemble) brings his rhythm-horns-and-strings sextet back to the Poppy for an evening of stylistic border-crossing. This performance will feature songs from the acclaimed album Billionaire Blues, as well as new compositions and arrangements. Featuring: David James - guitar, voice Beth Custer - clarinets Alan Williams - trombone Ela Polak - viola Lisa Mezzacappa - bass John Hanes - drums GPS (Good People, Son) is a jazz-meets-chamber rock ...
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Jazz Mafia’s NOT a Brass Band: Chamber Jazz/Groove

Jazz Mafia’s NOT a Brass Band: Chamber Jazz/Groove
Thursday, June 22 @ 7:30PM
Bandleader Adam Theis and this five-piece ensemble will present a night of new original compositions and arrangements, as well as tributes to artists who have influenced them. Expect a wide dynamic range, rock and EDM rhythms, plus melodies, harmony, and phrasing more common to chamber, jazz, and music from around the world – and a hint of New Orleans second line that occasionally surfaces for a wild horn romp. Featuring: Max Miller-Loran - trumpet/piano Charlie Gurke - baritone sax Adam...
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Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey

Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey
Friday, June 16 @ 7:30PM
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black comes to the Poppy with a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. Featuring: TBA Mari Black’s energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of ...
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Alicyn Yaffee Trio: Pop, Jazz, and Rock

Alicyn Yaffee Trio: Pop, Jazz, and Rock
Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30PM
Singer/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee makes her Red Poppy debut with an evening of indie-pop sensibilities, punk, jazz guitar, and soulful vocals. Her trio includes Santana bassist/musical director Benny Rietveld, who produced her debut album, Someone Else, which features Cindy Blackman, Ronnie Foster, and Rietveld. Featuring: Alicyn Yaffee - guitar, vocals Hamir Atwal - drums Jeff Cressman - trombone Learn more: Website | Facebook | SoundCloud | YouTube     EVENT DETAILS &n...
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Zona Blu: Soul Jazz Collective

Zona Blu: Soul Jazz Collective
Thursday, June 8 @ 7:30PM
Ready for an easygoing evening of friendly, familiar jazz tunes? Local quintet Zona Blu, whose Italian name is a nod to Milanese jazz club “blue zones” and Miles Davis’ iconic Kind of Blue, presents a laid-back night of Latin, funk, and swing grooves that’s sure to ease you into the weekend. Featuring: David Kaufer - guitar Jim Wasco - piano Steve Teich - alto saxophone/flute Greg Galli - drums Tom Donald - bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM ...
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Girl Named Nino: Indie, Soul, and Jazz

Girl Named Nino: Indie, Soul, and Jazz
Sun, June 4 @ 7:30PM
Songwriter and producer Nino Arobelidze, born in the formerly Russian republic of Georgia and raised in Chicago, boasts a sound influenced by jazz, soul, indie rock, her time in a funk duo, and her travels around the world. For her Red Poppy debut, Nino will be joined by frequent collaborator Pablo Gordy on guitar and vocals. Featuring: Nino Arobelidze - vocals, guitar, keys Pablo Gordy - electric guitar, vocals (Special guests TBA) Learn more: Website | Facebook | YouTube   EV...
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Tom Griesser 3: Embracing Tradition and Sedition

Tom Griesser 3: Embracing Tradition and Sedition
Thursday, June 1 @ 7:30PM
Saxophonist Tom Griesser and his longtime collaborators, bassist Ollie Dudek and drummer Dan Foltz, present selections performed during their three-year stint at the Burritt Room in San Francisco, as well as new compositions to honor visionaries and rebels in a variety of endeavors. The trio draws from a wide range of influences, including 1930s Benny Goodman, 1940s Ellingtonia, the Sonny Rollins Trio recordings of the 1950s, hard bop classics, and avant-garde figures such as Odean Pope and Rosw...
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John Wubbenhorst and Facing East: India Meets Jazz

John Wubbenhorst and Facing East: India Meets Jazz
Sunday, May 7 @ 7:30PM
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: American Song

Kathleen Grace: American Song
Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30PM
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: Kathleen Grace - vocals Storm Nilsson - guitar Jeff Denson - bass Kathleen Grace’s latest album, No Place To Fall, is a sun-drenched landscape of music rooted in her desert upbringing and elegan...
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Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt: Cinematic Jazz, Global Sounds

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt: Cinematic Jazz, Global Sounds
Friday, May 5 @ 7:30PM
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

Andrea Claburn Sextet: Jazz Album Release Celebration
Saturday, April 29 @ 7:30PM
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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Sophisticated Ladies Vocal Trio: Gershwin Rediscovered

Sophisticated Ladies Vocal Trio: Gershwin Rediscovered
Friday, April 21 @ 7:30PM
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

Avotcja & Modúpue: Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Blues with Poetry
Saturday, April 15 @ 7:30PM
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

Jason Yeager Trio: Chamber Jazz Inspired by Latin, Classical & Literature
Friday, April 14 @ 7:30PM
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

The Muted Jewel Tones & Anne Carol Mitchell: Folk, Jazz, and Three-Part Harmony
Sunday, April 9 @ 7:30PM
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

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble: The Music of Django Reinhardt
Friday, April 7 @ 7:30PM
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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