Aug 7, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.
People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.
Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.
Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.
Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.
Aug 7, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley
Bassist/vocalist John Lester heads up the Tuesday Jazzidency for August, as he brings his all bass and drums looping project, Bass Bureaucracy, back to Jupiter. John plays upright bass, as well as six string fretted and fretless electric basses, while utilizing loop recording to create deep grooves for his award winning songs. Back in San Francisco after over a decade living in Europe and two years in New York City, John has carved a niche touring circuit throughout the US, the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. As a solo performer, he has created a unique show featuring his 100-year-old upright bass named Sarah (after Sarah Vaughan, for her lovely vocal-like quality).
Aug 7, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone more prolific than Dan Bern. Bern is a consummate generalist, logging time as a singer songwriter, guitarist, novelist, and painter. His output includes twenty albums with three released in 2012 alone. His writing has drawn comparisons to the likes of Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie. Bern's work in all of his fields showcases a biting wit and a sardonic sense of the world; tackling a variety of topics, and eloquently skirting faux pas from the religious to the the explicitly political "Bush Must Be Defeated." He even pokes fun at his own influences with the "Talkin Woody, Bob, Bruce, And Dan Blues."
His sense of humor has gotten him work in film as well, penning sixteen songs for the spoof bio pic "Walk Hard," and Get Him To The Greek." As a Novelist, he has produced "Quitting Science" under the pen name Cunliffe Merriwether, and a number of short stories. To toss the term Renaissance man around might be appropriate when you're dealing with an artist as multi faceted as Dan Bern.
Jane's Great Dane brings together experienced musicians steeped in the traditions of Country, Folk and Rock into one of the best and baddest Americana bands in New England. JGD members are a "Who's who" of local rock musicians, and recently received this review from Victoria Wasylak, Music Editor at The Buzz: "[T]he live sound of Jane's Great Dane creates some of the best tunes you'll hear North of Dixie. With the combined sound of all members, Jane's Great Dane is the musical equivalent of a sizzling plate of jambalaya, and their vigor only adds an extra kick. There's a reason that some of the group's members have played with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bo Diddley.
Garrin Benfield recently released his fifth album, The Wave Organ Song, which he calls a "chillingly intimate emotional travelogue." The website jambase describes him as "a killer improviser" and "one of the best singer-songwriters to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years. He's also a wicked guitarist and an awful nice human being." Garrin has worked with such musicians as Boz Scaggs, Dan Bern, David Gans, and the group Friends of the Devil. In his live shows, he uses a loop station to add layers of beats and bass lines to his searing lead guitar and compelling vocals.
Aug 7, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.
The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"
Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
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Aug 7, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley