2015 Jazz on the Hill - A Free Community Event

12n: Jamie Davis

Jamie DavisWith a compelling full deep, baritone voice and passion for his craft, Jamie Davis leaves his audiences uplifted and feelin' good… really good, confirming his lead position amongst the quintessential of great male vocalists. After studies under the renowned New York vocal coach Edward Boatner, he moved to San Francisco securing opportunities to perform with Milt Jackson, Eddie Henderson, Melba Moore and Pharaoh Saunders. The year 2000 brought exhilarating performances with The Count Basie Orchestra. On that experience Davis reflects, "Having all that sound behind you is just amazing. You’ve got to ride that current." Jamie Davis has been described as a fine wine which has stood the test of time, constantly innovating jazz classics, rolling out the blues and performing with one foot in the past and the other in today.

1:15p: Dirty Cello

Dirty CelloDirty Cello ... cello like you’ve never heard before. Starting with a bang and never stopping, Dirty Cello features the virtuosic cello stylings of Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most exciting cross-over cellists. Dirty Cello takes you on a wild tour of uptempo music featuring down home blues, Eastern- European dance music, a bit of bluegrass, and some classic rock. With a truly unique voice, Dirty Cello presents a high energy performance of everything a cello can do. Having wowed audiences on numerous tours throughout the U.S., plus acting as cultural ambassadors to China and working the European festival circuit, Dirty Cello has a unique voice that has resonated around the world.

2:15p: Maria Muldaur

Maria MuldaurMaria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit Midnight at the Oasis, which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. Maria has toured extensively worldwide, and has recorded 38 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children?s albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years.

3:15p: Anton Schwartz Quintet

Anton Schwartz QuintetSaxophonist Anton Schwartz, known for his soulful playing and his smart and memorable compositions, has been making waves across the nation with his chart-topping 2014 CD Flash Mob. Performing in Schwartz's Quintet are outstanding musicians from up & down the West Coast: multi-Grammy winning L.A. pianist Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets, the creative and grooving bassist John Shifflett of San Jose, and two of Seattle's most exciting and celebrated players: Thomas Marriott (trumpet) and D'Vonne Lewis (drums). "Impressive and virtually impossible to resist." - Buffalo News

4:30p: Poncho Sanchez

Poncho SanchezFor more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, Grammy award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez is respected as one of the top American percussionists of our time. He performs frequently in venues varying in size from concert halls to local jazz festivals....like ours!

YOUTH STAGE (CSM Little Theater)

12:30p Giant Steps Big Band

Giant Steps Big BandThe Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Big Band is comprised of middle school musicians who are taught by leading jazz educators in improvisation and jazz styles, giving them confidence and showing them how much fun it is to play jazz for the public.

1:30p SFJazz All-Stars Combo

SFJazz All-Stars Combo The SFJAZZ High School All-Stars presents its 6-piece Combo, directed by renowned saxophonist and educator Dann Zinn. Comprised of the "best of the best" Bay Area high school students, this small ensemble focuses on playing original compositions and arrangements, along with the dynamic works by the SFJAZZ Collective.

2:30p Carlmont High School Jazz Ensemble

Carlmont High School Jazz EnsembleThe award winning Carlmont Jazz Ensemble is one of six instrumental music ensembles offered at Carlmont High School in Belmont. The Carlmont instrumental music program offers a wide range of music classes to its almost 300 musicians. Multiple levels of band and orchestra are offered as well as jazz. All students in the jazz ensemble are selected into the group through audition. The jazz ensemble performs at a number of school and community concerts as well as bay area jazz festivals each school year. They consistently receive superior ratings.

3:30p The Jazzschool Studio Band

The Jazzschool Studio BandThis award-winning ensemble trains advanced high school musicians from throughout the Bay Area. Students develop technique, knowledge of jazz style and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire. This ensemble performs frequently and participates in competitions throughout the U.S. Jazzschool studio bands have played at Yoshi’s and Savanna Jazz, as well as jazz festivals in California, New York, Seattle, Idaho, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland. Students also participate in clinics and workshops with leading jazz educators.