Concert Calendar

Our Sunday concert format:

  • Doors open at 3:30 pm; Music starts at 4:30 pm
  • Two one-hour sets with intermission, typically ends 7:00–7:30 pm
  • Catered meals, small plates, and bar available 3:30–6:00 pm
  • Advance online ticketing available through Saturday
  • Tickets sold only at the door on Sunday (higher price than online)
  • All seats reserved, purchase early for best price and selection

2018 Summer Series

 

GRACE KELLY QUARTET
SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Downbeat Rising Star Grace Kelly returns to the Bach with her Quartet. This alto saxophonist, singer, and songwriter has headlined more than 700 concerts in 30 countries. “Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room. She is one of the most kind-hearted, easy-going people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.” Jon Batiste, bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Come catch a rising star!

Grace Kelly – Saxophone; Julian Pollack – Piano; Julia Adamy – Bass; Ross Pederson – Drums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=79&v=5coo3HaUA8Y

Advance ticketing: Adults $45/$35, Students $30 (25 & under with ID)

 


LARRY VUCKOVICH QUINTET, FEATURING BIG BLACK
SUNDAY JULY 8, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Pianist Larry Vuckovich, acclaimed by critics and jazz audiences alike for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire, is equally at home with world music and classically influenced modal jazz as he is with hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues. For this engagement, Larry features the legendary Big Black, with whom he shares a 50 year history dating back to their collaboration with legendary jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks at the Trident. This show is a “must-see!”

Larry Vuckovich – Piano; Big Black – Percussion; Rob Roth – Sax; Jeff Chambers – Bass; Jason Lewis – Drums

http://larryvuckovich.com/video.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TnMXhSbZXI

Advance ticketing: Adults $45/$35, Students $30 (25 & under with ID)

 


KENDRA SHANK QUARTET
All Welcome – Member Appreciation Event
SUNDAY JULY 15, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Vocalist Kendra Shank returns to the Bach, bringing for the first time her New York ensemble of 18 years. Their conversational group interplay creates an in-the-moment experience of modern jazz songs, re-imagined standards, originals, world/folk influences, and open improvisation, dubbed by the The New Yorker as, "imaginative and daring." The show will feature selections from recent albums. Join us for a memorable evening!

Kendra Shank – Vocals; Frank Kimbrough – Piano; Dean Johnson – Bass; Matt Wilson – Drums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErvMejIWLP8

Advance ticketing: Adults $35, Students $30 (25 & under with ID)

 


DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS
SUNDAY JULY 22, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Traveling the world with their unique, high energy performances, the Django Festival Allstars emerged from the influential European jazz partnership of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Honoring the best traditions of the French gypsy jazz, the Allstars add their own interpretations and original compositions. Their “hot-swing” jazz, with roots tracing to Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, has packed houses for 16 years. Experience this incredibly swinging group at the Bach!

Samson Schmitt – Guitar; Amati Schmitt – Guitar; Ludovic Beier – Accordian; Pierre Blanchard – Violin; Doudou Cuillerier – Rhythm Guitar; Antonio Licusati – Bass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WsYULw2F-k

Advance ticketing: Adults $55/$45/$35, Students $35 (25 & under with ID)

 


MEL MARTIN: A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE IN MUSIC
Featuring John Handy, Roger Glenn, Denny Zeitlin, and John Santos
SUNDAY JULY 29, 2018 @ 2:00PM

This memorial concert celebrates the life of Mel Martin, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who dedicated his life to the Bay Area jazz scene. Several ensembles will represent major eras of Mel's career such as: Listen, Bebop and Beyond, The Mel Martin Quartet, and The Mel Martin Big Band. Bay Area luminaries performing include John Handy, Roger Glenn, Denny Zeitlin, and John Santos…along with Jeff Marrs, Jeff Chambers, Robb Fisher, Bill Theurer, Greg Johnson, Cayce Carnahan, Larry Dunlap, George Marsh, Randy Vincent, Brad Beuthe, and many more. 

Jesse “Chuy” Varela of KCSM will orchestrate the afternoon as master of ceremonies, and NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan has played a major role in curating the program.

Martin performed with many legendary artists over his 60-year career in music, backing up jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald and playing alongside stars in other genres including Frank Sinatra, James Brown and Tom Waits. As Todd Barkan says, “No matter what generation we are blessed to be born into, we all stand on the shoulder of our teachers, our parents, our heroes, and all those elders who have lit the path for us.” Mel Martin was one of those teachers and heroes whose shoulders we stood upon, and we celebrate our collective memories at this very special concert.

This production is hosted by Mel Martin’s family; therefore Bach membership benefits including waived ticketing fees are not available. All tickets are general admission and seating is first-come, first-served. Admission donations cover costs of the memorial, with proceeds benefitting ELM, Enriching Lives Through Music, a 501(c)3 corporation. ELM serves more than 120 students from the largely Latino immigrant Canal neighborhood of San Rafael, California through free and intensive music programs. For more information view the website at: www.elmprogram.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=r_VIYkpt_vU 



Advance General Admission donation: $25, additional donations welcome


 

 

Past Performances 2005-18 CLICK HERE