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

 

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 Gary Bartz, 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 Gary Bartz, 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


 


The Bach Announces the 2018 Fall Series

 

OMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFRO CUBANO
SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 @ 4:30PM

GRAMMY® nominated pianist Omar Sosa forges a distinctive path in music, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. The group will showcase their CD, ILE, featuring contemporary interpretations of the classic Cuban musical styles the world has come to admire. “Sosa’s music is the unifying sort, yoking together Africa and jazz and Latin America and hip-hop. He makes it work, being one of those rare birds whose keyboard skills are near those of Chick Corea or Chucho Valdés.” (New York Times)

Omar Sosa – Piano; Leandro Saint-Hill – Sax & Flute; Childo Tomas – Electric Bass; Raul Pineda – Drums

Video: https://youtu.be/eM8hdtXMdvI 

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

Member Early Access – August 3 @ 9:00am

All Access – August 17 @ 9:00am

 


TIA FULLER QUARTET
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 @ 4:30PM
CANCELLED

 


NICOLAS BEARDE QUARTET
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Recording artist Nicolas Bearde has established a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal milieu during the past decade. His baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams; his wit and engaging rapport draws the audience into his live performances.  “When Bearde’s affecting baritone sits atop his impeccably tailored arrangements of sterling standards, the results are absolutely stunning.” (All About Jazz). This engagement features originals, blues, and standards from recent albums – a must-see show!

Nicolas Bearde – Vocals; Charles McNeal – Sax; Josh Nelson – Piano; David Ewell – Bass; Lorca Hart – Drums

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtQohiUgqyw

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

Member Early Access – August 3 @ 9:00am

All Access – August 17 @ 9:00am

 


AKIRA TANA AND OTONOWA
Member Appreciation Event – All Welcome
SUNDAY OCTOBER 7, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Drummer Akira Tana has a gilt-edged jazz pedigree: Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and stints with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Hubert Laws, Zoot Sims, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown and James Moody. Otonowa brings Akira’s consummate musical mastery into congruence with his deep Japanese cultural roots, showcasing traditional Japanese songs and pop through jazz arrangements. With unique melodies in highly original settings, this will be a performance to remember!

Akira Tana – Drums; Masaru Koga – Reeds & Percussion; Art Hirahara – Piano; Ken Okada – Bass

Guest artists: Shoko Hikage – Koto; Takehiro Dai – Trumpet; Saki Kono – Vocals

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF9d5Xspomk

Photo credit: George Gee

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

Member Early Access – August 3 @ 9:00am

All Access – August 17 @ 9:00am

 


KARRIN ALLYSON
Sponsored by Jeremy Roschelle & Audrey Garfield
SUNDAY OCTOBER 28, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson returns to the Bach on the heels of her all-original recording, Some of That Sunshine. This diverse, groovy, and reflective collection of Karrin’s own songs range from the first single “Shake it Up” with its fun, unexpected hipster vibe to the compelling title track, “Some of That Sunshine,” which has the feel of a Hollywood classic.

Karrin Allyson – Vocals & Piano; Miro Sprague – Piano & Rhodes; Jeff Johnson – Bass

Video:  https://youtu.be/H67DuiJOB38

Photo credit Jim Bourne

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

Member Early Access – August 3 @ 9:00am

All Access – August 17 @ 9:00am

 


KENNY BARRON QUINTET
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2018 @ 4:30PM

NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron returns to the Bach with his unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world,” and Jazz Weekly calls him “the most lyrical piano player of our time.” The performance is sure to feature tracks from the Quintet’s recent album, Concentric Circles. Lock in your tickets early for this date!

Kenny Barron – Piano; Mike Rodriguez – Trumpet; Dayna Stephens – Sax; Kiyoshi Kitagawa – Bass; Johnathan Blake – Drums

Video: https://youtu.be/UKmWm779xc0

Advance ticketing: Adults $65/$55/$45, Students $45 (25 & under with ID)

Member Early Access – August 3 @ 9:00am

All Access – August 17 @ 9:00am

 


JANE BUNNETT AND MAQUEQUE
Sponsored by Sam O’Sullivan and family, to celebrate Janet Ferrare’s birthday
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Multiple GRAMMY® nominee and Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett’s bands and recordings showcase some of the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S., and Cuba. Known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry, Jane’s Afro-Cuban melodies express the universality of music and her ability to embrace Cuba’s rhythms and culture. This all-women ensemble is sure to delight!

Jane Bunnett – Flute & Sax; Elizabeth Rodriguez – Violin & Vocals; Dánae Olano – Piano; Celia Jiménez – Bass; Magdelys Savigne-Batá – Drums & Congas; Yissy Garcia – Drums

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY-B6O5kczQ&feature=youtu.be 

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

Member Early Access – August 3 @ 9:00am

All Access – August 17 @ 9:00am

 


ARI HOENIG TRIO
SUNDAY DECEMBER 2, 2018 @ 4:30PM

Drummer Ari Hoenig is known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming, emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even body parts to play an entire chromatic scale. With 9 CDs as a leader, Ari travels the world with his primary groups and has also performed with Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Pat Martino and many others. Catch this rising star!

Ari Hoenig – Drums; Nitai Hershkovits – Piano; Or Bareket– Bass

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmn2pISPlT4

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

Member Early Access – August 3 @ 9:00am

All Access – August 17 @ 9:00am

 

 

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