Off The Grid : 2/17 Friday featuring the sounds of Howard Wiley
This Friday Afternoon hit the right spot with satiable music and soulful eats @ OFF THE GRID, Fridays 12-3pm – Minna Street, btwn Mary & 5th Street.
Intersection for the Arts curates live music and theater performances to appear at Off The Grid’s lunch market at 5th and Minna St.On Friday starting at 12:00pm, February 17, we are proud to present the live stylings of Howard Wiley.
Howard Wiley’s (www.howardwiley.com) grandfather, Sam Wiley, played saxophone in Count Basie’s Orchestra, and gave constant advice to the young musician growing up in Hercules, CA. Wiley’s debut recording,The Businessman (Sax Records, 1995) was produced shortly after his 15th birthday by Steve Savage and Jim Nadel, founder of The Stanford Jazz Workshop. While still in high school, Wiley received the Thelonious Monk Scholarship, Downbeat Blues/Pop/Rock Instrumentalist award for best soloist, and the MVP Award for the Grammy All-American Jazz Band. In recent years, Wiley has also had the great fortune of being able to learn from, perform with, and befriend two living jazz legends – saxophonists Bill Stewart (who has performed with Lionel Hampton, Sonny Stitt, and Gene Ammons) and Jules Brussard (who has performed with Charles Mingus, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vincent, and Carlos Santana). Through Wiley’s ongoing relationships with these two men whose mentoring abilities have become indispensable to his growth as a musician and composer, Wiley has directly and intimately learned tradition, understanding, and historical perspective of jazz music. He has performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the North Beach Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival, and has been the recipient of a Meet The Composer Commissioning Music/USA commission and a recording grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
Howard Wiley – saxophone
Lorca Heart – drums
Ron Belcher – bass
All of Wiley’s recordings are available through his website -www.howardwiley.com.