Artists


JUN 28

CRAIG CAFFALL, BLUES BAND:
MUDDY WATERS & JOHN LEE HOOKER’S MUSIC

7 pm
Miguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas Artes

Caffall’s career has paired him up with some notable artists including
Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Martha Davis and the Motels, David Clayton Thomas, Cyril & Charles Neville (Neville Bros.), Lee Oskar, Dan Hicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Wier, and Steve Earle, just to name a few.
Caffall has been residing for the last 18 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and most recently has been playing guitar with legendary singer Maria Muldaur for the past fourteen years, touring throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan.
Caffall has also been playing and touring with Shana Morrison (daughter of Van Morrison) for the past four years, here in the Bay Area and venues up and down the west coast.
Caffall signed with Marin’s own GRA label (gragroup.com) and released his second CD entitled “Hold Me Up” which was taken from the Big Train sessions.
In 2012 Caffall released 3 albums. In January Caffall released the CD, CCB “That’s When You Got It Made”. He produced an album for folk singer Buffy Ford Stewart (wife of songwriter John Stewart from the Kingston Trio). And with Maria Muldaur on her “Christmas At The Oasis” release where he plays on the title track.
More recently CCB released “Got It Covered” from the bands cover set list. “Songs that everybody knows but CCB makes them their own” says Caffall proudly.
CCB just released a new CD of new songs penned by Caffall entitled “Turns To The Blues”, his fourth album in the past six years.
CCB has been playing venues around the Bay Area, up and down the coast and around the country and Mexico for the past 16 years.


JUL 11

KARINA COLIS

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

Mexican drummer, percussionist and vocalist based in New York , graduated Summa Cum Laude in Berklee College of Music. For the last ten years, she has been performing extensively in Mexico, The US, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East with distinctive projects that rank from latin music, jazz, funk, classic Indian music to fusion and pop, having appeared in more than one hundred radio stations and tv programs worldwide such as CNN international, UNIVISION (US/Latin America), The Thelegraph (India), La Reforma (Argentina), Paris Dj (France) All about Jazz, to name a few. Some of her highlight performances include big audience international festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, New Morning in Paris, Primavera Festival in Barcelona Spain, Fusion Festival in Germany John F. Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in New York, Calcutta Jazz Festival in India, Michigan Womyn´s Festival in Chicago, Virada Cultural in Brazil, International Circuit it Bahrain in the Middle East, Teatro Colón among many more.


SEP 28

INGRID BEAUJEAN

7 pm
Miguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas Artes

She has been part of over 20 album productions, working with artists like Eugenia León, Julieta Venegas, Magos Herrera, Lila Downs and Armando Manzanero. Between 2004 and 2011, she was the lead singer of the Big Band Jazz of Mexico. Among other institutions, she studied at the Escuela Nacional de Música (UNAM), the Escuela Superior de Música (INBA), where she currently is a teacher. Since 2011, she hosts a radio show called Ejazz, her first solo album, was nominated to the IMAS: Indie-O Music Awards, in the category of “Best jazz album 2016”. She is currently a fellow of the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Art (FONCA) in two categories: “Meeting Performing Arts Program (ENARTES)” and “Young creators”.

Nov 13

DUSHA CONNECTION JAZZ TRÍO FROM AUSTRIA

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

A FIREWORKS OF JAZZ TO GET YOU GOING

The three instrumentalists are pulling off an effervescent and sparkling performance that casts a spell over the listener; ever open-minded, they inimitably combine the most diverse musical topics whilst drawing from the broad stock of jazz history. Playing with all kinds of styles and never forgetting their respective– Balkan – roots, they follow the composed piece as well as leaving room for artful improvisations.

The sound created by Esad Halilovic and his partners is full of thrilling melodies, boldly virtuoso solos, surprise twists and breaks, unconventional experiments and electrifying build-ups. The mood pendulum swings between loud and muted, intimate and exotic, the mysterious – and outrageous nonchalance.

The trio has sparked great attention with its new album MERAK.
The CD presentation was in the renowned jazz club Porgy & Bess in
Vienna and subsequently they performed at some well-known jazz
festivals (such as Jazz Plaza International Festival of Havana,
RARA Festival in Italy, One Jazz Festival in Romania, Petrovac Jazz Fest and Jazz by Herceg Novi in Montenegro, Hongkong Jazz Festival, Beishan Jazz Festival in China…….).

Sebastian Schneider – piano
Clemens Rofner- bass
Esad Halilovic – drums

Michael Ternai, Music Austria Export


Nov 14

Simon Wyrsch
(Saxophon, Clarinet & Bassclarinet)

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

Simon Wyrsch is among the best young jazz clarinetists in the world, admired by the public as well as by journalists, who write great reviews. Still a teenager he worked professionally as a musician and gave concerts with different bands and groups as well as some shows in theaters. This will be followed by appearances at clubs and festivals worldwide, such as Avignon Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center Jazz Club and much more. Masterclasses attended by artists like Billy Taylor, Lewis Nash, Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Drew jr., Eddie Daniels, Dave Liebman among others. As as Buffet-Artist and Endorser for Vandoren he gives Clinics and Masterclasses about Jazz, Clarinet and Improvisation. He plays a modern jazz clarinet, with much passion and unparalleled virtuosity.


Nov 15

 Whitney Shay

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

With sparkly dresses, fiery tresses, and a talent rivaled only by her unstoppable hustle,Whitney Shay is one #busylittlesinger. The four-time San Diego Music Award winner (including 2019 Artist of the Year) and 2019 Blues Music Award nominee is scorching stages at home and internationally. Shay’s latest release, A Woman Rules the World, is receiving high praise from music critics who are calling the singer “a future blues icon” (Blues Matters!), “one of the next best things in soul music” (Blues and Rhythm Magazine), and “the epitome of a rising star” (Elmore Magazine). The album landed on several notable music media lists, including: Top Albums of the Year in Blues Music Magazine, France’s Soul Bag Mag, and top ratings in Norway’s Bluesnews Magazine and Germany’s Magazin bluesnews. Shay’s tracks have also been placed in TV/film, including shows on NBC, HBO, Bravo, BET, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. Whether in studio, on screen, or stage, Whitney Shay’s electric energy, soulful style, and powerhouse pipes keep listeners connected and coming back for more. 


Nov 16

SARAH REICH &
CASEY ABRAMS
7 pm  |  Angela Peralta Theatre

Sara Reich | Tap dancer
Casey Abrams | Vocal & Bass
“Are a long-timer member of the
Post Modern Jukebox”.

Nov 16

 SARAH REICH

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

Sarah Reich (Performer, Choreographer, Instructor, Composer) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. This Los Angeles native has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over 40 countries.  “I want to continue to bring tap into mass media with great respect and quality,” she says, focusing on “reprogramming the minds of the general public on their perception of tap dance.” (Dance Magazine 2017)

Sarah has become one of the art form’s pop culture ambassadors, thanks to her appearances in videos with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Her videos with them (A Star Wars–themed tribute, “The Tap Awakens,” & “Thriller”, a Michael Jackson cover featuring Wayne Brady) have garnered millions of views on YouTube, all receiving rave reviews. She has toured the world with Postmodern Jukebox playing prestigious venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House as well as a televised PBS special filmed in Las Vegas.

Previously she was seen on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance under companies by Chloe Arnold and Jason Samuels Smith. With her own company, Tap Music Project, she has choreographed and performed at the Ford Amphitheatre, UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Music Festival, Blue Whale jazz club, and the televised LA County Holiday Celebration. Sarah was also a performer at Madison Square Garden for the opening of the NY Knicks 2013-2014 season. She was sought out to perform at Jazz at the Lincoln Center for a tribute to Duke Ellington in New York City in 2017.

In addition to her vast international travels and countless television appearances, Sarah has had the honor to perform at some of the most prestigious venues back home in Los Angeles such as The Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater with Mexican Pop-Star, Cristian Castro and the Dolby Theater with the great Herbie Hancock.

With her Tap Music Project intensives in various cities, Reich teaches tap dancers how to dance with more musicality, communicate with musicians and write music. Using a live band in class, she instructs students on how to “scat” rhythms or transcribe choreography with rhythm notation, among other skills.

Sarah is developing new, and exciting works with her company Tap Music Productions, including her debut Tap Jazz Album titled New Change. This album is originally produced, composed from percussive tap rhythms, and performed by a great selection of musicians to create a unique sound. She hopes this is just the beginning: “I want to be the first tap dancer to win a Grammy Award!”

 


Nov 16

 CASEY ABRAMS

7 pm
Angela Peralta Theatre

Musician, Song Writer, Performer, actor and Composer. Casey is a long-timer member of the Post Modern Jukebox Collective and former American Idol Finalist. Casey has made four albums to date: Casey Abrams, Casey Abrams and The Gingerbread Band, Casey Abrams Live, Put a Spell on You, and Casey Abrams Jazz. Casey was a featured actor in the dark comedy Love and Debt.