Jazz musicians from around the United States and world come to play at Savanna Jazz. Here is a small sample of some the many talented musicians who have performed or are scheduled to perform at our intimate venue in San Carlos, CA.
Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of jazz’s most outstanding “artistic” vocalists and has been named “one of the top 50 jazz vocalists of all time” by Jazz Magazine.
Award-winning Jazz guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar presents a unique combination of Jazz and African music and sounds. Anchored in the Bebop school of music, Pascal Bokar has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Donald Bailey and Barney Wilen, among others. Pascal Bokar’s CD, Guitar Balafonics, received 4 stars and the award for “Best CD of 2015” from DownBeat Magazine.
Jazz legend Randy Weston has been called “one of the world’s great visionary pianists and composers.” He is a Grammy nominee, 2016 inductee to the DownBeat Hall of Fame, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Jazz Master/Lifetime Honor Award Winner and many more.
Award-winning Jazz vocalist, choir director and recording artist Michelle Jacques delivers performances that are exciting and anchored in the great jazz vocal tradition. She has performed with Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Al Greene and Pete Seeger.
Ann Mack is an accomplished Jazz vocalist, actress, poet and composer. The late, great Teddy Edwards took her under his wings and presented Ann in concert with him and his orchestra.
Bass guitarist Tony Saunders has played and recorded with an astounding list of great musical talents, including Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Jo Sample, Chaka Khan, Ringo Star, Bo Diddley, The Hawkins Family, and others too many to count. Tony’s latest single, Uptown Jazz, climbed to number 5 on the Adult Contemporary Groove Jazz Charts.
One of the most unique funky blues bands to arise from California, Paula Harris with her world-class band and Grammy winning horns deliver deep, irresistible, grooves that dare her audience not to move.
In a career dating back to the 1960s, keyboard master Doug Carn has released eight solo albums and played alongside such artists as Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Horn, Melvin Van Peebles, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Nat Adderley, as well as appearing more recently on albums by Cindy Blackman and Wallace Roney.
One of the West Coast’s most in-demand tenor saxophonists, Master tenor player Michael O’Neill has performed and/or recorded with Idris Muhammad, Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Eddie Fisher, Rodney Jones and many others.
A jazz vocalist whose beautiful sound is matched by her exquisite taste, Rebecca DuMaine is an incisive interpreter of classic American standards who’s steeped in the tradition but not bound by it.
B3 Hammond player Akiko has been regular on the DownBeat magazine critics poll since 2008. She has been the organist for Lou Donaldson’s quartet since 2007 and has released five albums in Japan and four in the U.S. Both of her first two US releases have ranked within top 20 on the national jazz radio charts.
Jazz guitarist Barry has played and recorded with the Brecker Brothers (Heavy Metal Bebop), the Crusaders (Street Life), Miles Davis (The Man With The Horn), Chico Hamilton, Airto and Flora Purim, Hubert Laws, and Joe Farrell, among others.
For nearly fifty years jazz guitarist Calvin Keys has been a leader of his own bands, producer of his recordings and on first call for his exceptional style as an accompanist and soloist by many other legends of jazz, including Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Carmen McCrea, Gloria Lynn, Jackie Ivory, Jackie Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, George Coleman, Jimmy Witherspoon and Hadley Caliman to name a few.
Erin McDougald is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist, bandleader, composer-lyricist and producer. McDougald is known for her innovative arrangements of jazz standards and phrasing which many critics compare to Chicago-born jazz song stylist, the late Anita O’Day.
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