Off the Grid Every Friday: LIVE MUSIC for November 2012

Date: Every Friday, 12pm-3pm

Location: Minna Street, @ 5th.

Cost: FREE

Off the Grid: Every Friday, 12pm- 2pm (There will be no Off the Grid Friday 23rd November).

NOVEMBER 2, 2012

tbd – a quartet

Mario Guarneri & Erik Jekabson – trumpet & flugelhorn; Akira Tana – drums; John Wiitala – bass

tbd–a quartet with two trumpets, bass and drums, plays their music in a linear way, creating implied harmonies, and stretching traditional forms. The original music the ensemble performs was written with this particular instrumentation in mind, and has been created since the group began playing together. The band’s original compositions often grow from a small idea and are developed by all of the members of the group. In this band, the line is the most important element, and it determines the direction and expresses the emotion and story of the music.  And as for the name tbd? tbd can be “to be determined,” reflective of the improvisational nature of the group, and/or “trumpets bass drums,” reflective of the instrumentation of the group,” explains Mario Guarneri.



NOVEMBER 9, 2012


Sheldon Brown – saxophone; Michael Wilcox – bass; Bryan Bowman – drums

The Brown Bowman Wilcox Trio is a unique partnership of melody, harmony and rhythm between 6 string electric bass, reeds and drums. In addition to their own compositions and improvisations, their repertoire includes arrangements of pieces by Bartok, Brahms, Machaut, Faure and Poulenc as well as arrangements of Bulgarian and Brazilian pieces. They also feature many compositions of the great bass player/composers, such as Charles Mingus, Gary Peacock, Miroslav Vitous, Sam Jones and Jaco Pastorius.



NOVEMBER 16, 2012


Henry Hung – trumpet, live effects; Kasey Knudsen – saxophone; Colin Hogan – keyboards; George Ban-Weiss – bass; Eric Garland – drums

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars met one dark night in a narrow alley and came out with a desire to fuse Duke Ellington, Deerhoof and Fela Kuti into their own original tunes.


NOVEMBER 30, 2012


 Terrence Brewer – guitar; Larry De La Cruz – saxophone; Tim Campbell – keyboards; Rick Rivera – drums

In 2004, multiple-award winning Guitarist Terrence Brewer started his own record label, Strong Brew Music, and to-date has produced six albums for that record label.  Brewer’ s last three albums (QuintEssential, Groovin Wes, and Setting The Standard: Vol 1) combined to spend nearly 100 weeks on the National JazzWeek Radio charts weekly top 50.  Those same three albums made their way into the top 15 on the national JazzWeek radio charts (QuintEssential peaked at #15, Groovin’ Wes peaked at #9, and Setting The Standard: Vol 1 peaked at #12) and Brewer has lead his groups in over 2000 shows in the last 7 years.   Brewer has performed to sold-out crowds at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the world famous Yoshi’s at Jack London Square, Yoshi’s San Francisco, SFJAZZ Jazz Festival, and countless other venues.  In addition to headlining his own shows, Brewer has shared the stage with vocalist/pianist Diana Krall, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers), Gerald Albright, has worked with Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Darlene Love, Dr. Anthony Brown, Pete Escovedo, and has studied with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Duck Baker, Tom Patitucci, Mark Levine.  When Brewer is not touring regionally and nationally, he finds time to instruct master classes, clinics, and lectures for the likes of Stanford Jazz Workshop, SFJAZZ, The Jazz School, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop and presenting at colleges, high schools, and middles schools throughout California including San Francisco University High School.  He is a winner of Best Jazz Artist by the SF Weekly, Bay Area Blues Society “Best Jazz Group” Award, and Oakland Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Year.




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