DOUBLE BILL – Sisu Brassland & Mughal Muesli: Music for Brass & Saxophone

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 ...

Primary Colors: Harp, Saxophone & Percussion Trio

Primary Colors: Harp, Saxophone & Percussion Trio
Thursday, October 12 @ 7:30PM
Blending elements from their own musical upbringings with influences from Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, and other Latin American countries, Los Angeles-based Primary Colors focuses on original compositions and arrangements. At their first Red Poppy show, expect to hear selections from their upcoming debut album. Featuring: Liza Wallace - harp, vocals Josh Johnson - saxophone Ryan Knudsen - percussion Josh Johnson is an alto/soprano saxophonist and composer recognized for his unique sound an...

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...

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...

Michael Zilber: A Saxophonist’s Tribute to Jazz Greats

Berkeley Jazzschool Summer Youth Program Faculty Show
A tribute to saxophone giants, San Francisco’s Michael Zilber performs music from his upcoming album of all originals. The recording features New York jazz greats Dave Kikoski on piano, James Genus on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums. Accompanying Zilber at the Red Poppy is a group made up exclusively of New York expatriates, including pianist Matt Clark, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Akira Tana. Saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber is described by NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as "on...

Allison Au Quartet: Traditional Jazz in Modern Times

The Allison Au Quartet is a Toronto-based contemporary jazz ensemble. Since its formation in 2009, the group has performed at major jazz venues across Canada and have earned a JUNO award nomination for their debut release, The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey. The quartet was also awarded the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship (2011), The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship (2012), and The Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship (2013) to conduct artist residencies at the acclaimed Banff Centre. Celebratin...

Steven Lugerner’s JACKNIFE: Revisiting Jackie McLean’s Blue Note Recordings

steven lugerner
Saxophonist Steven Lugerner maintains an active, bi-costal performance schedule between San Francisco and New York City. As a band leader, he has released multiple albums to critical acclaim and has toured the U.S. as a sideman and leader of his own ensembles. He has collaborated with Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch,drum legends Albert “Tootie” Heath and Matt Wilson, pianist Jason Moran, saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, pianist Myra Melford, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and bassist Todd Sickafoose...