JAZZ+ is a live music series presented in partnership with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and organized by Kevin B. Chen.
Enjoy free concerts in the Koret Auditorium or on the Café Terrace (depending on weather) every Sunday from October 14 through November 11, from 2 to 4 pm.
OCT 28 | Les Gwan Jupons
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Cory Wright, clarinet
Rob Ewing, trombone
John Hanes, percussion
Led by San Francisco–based bassist, composer, and musical instigator Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner, Les Gwan Jupons is a new ensemble that plays folk and dance music from the French, Spanish, and English-speaking Caribbean, biguine from Martinique, calypso from Trinidad, cumbia from Colombia, and son and bolero from Cuba.
NOV 4 | Erik Jekabson String-tet
Erik Jekabson, trumpet
Mike Zilber, saxophone
Mads Tolling, violin
Charith Premawardhana, viola
John Wiitala, bass
Smith Dobson, percussion
Berkeley native Erik Jekabson is a trumpeter, composer, and educator with a sound that AllMusic Guide has described as "a perfect balance between melodic artistry and probing, knotty jazz improvisation." You might hear the influence of early Miles Davis in playing that comes across as crisp and precise, yet capable of soaring buoyantly into uncharted territory. His String-tet ensemble is a jazzy take on classical, and a classical take on jazz.
NOV 11 | The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol & The Faye Carol Quartet
The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, vocals
Marco Casasola, piano
Geechi Taylor, drums
Howard Wiley, saxophone
Marcus Shelby, bass
The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol is one of the premier vocalists of our time. Arranging jazz standards and other popular songs in her own way is nothing new to Carol, who decades ago began mixing genres such as hip-hop and jazz, became the practice became so widely embraced.This Bay Area living legend remains true to her Mississippi roots, infusing the blues into everything from Cole Porter to Michel Legrand. She brings a powerhouse jazz quartet to provide a foundation for her unique style and her gift of connecting with the audience.