Northgate Northgate High School’s award-winning jazz band hales from Walnut Creek and has been recognized with numerous Command Performance awards, Unanimous Superior festival ratings, and First Place awards at band, orchestra, chamber music, and jazz festivals / competitions.
KCSM staff and family perform Jazz standards. Come see your favorite announcer perform on stage playing some great old time Jazz.
The Jazz Mafia is a young American musical collective that incorporates smaller ensembles in a larger family[, based in the Mission District of San Francisco, California, that writes, plays, and arranges Jazz music while incorporating genres such as: electronica, soul, funk, big band, orchestral-crossover and hip-hop genres. Its founder and leader, trombonist and bass guitarist Adam Theis, participates in at least ten member bands, including Realistic Orchestra, Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Shotgun Wedding Hip-Hop Symphony, Jazz Mafia Horns, Supertaster, and The Joe Bagale Band.
Formed in 2010 by multi-award winning San Francisco Bay area based guitarist, Terrence Brewer, Citizen Rhythm is another evolution of fusion. Taking all of the musical styles Brewer grew up playing and marrying them together to create the best of all worlds – music that has booty-shaking grooves, is harmonically and rhythmically advanced, based on the open improvisation form that is jazz…and, at times, it rocks… hard! No one is doing anything close to this on the jazz scene right now.
It is Gypsy jazz, and the popularity of this sometimes flamboyant, sometimes melancholy guitar music is growing around the world. It is sophisticated, yet it has a sentimental quality. Aficionados everywhere are forming bands, called Hot Clubs in honor of Django Reinhardt’s famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France
New York-based pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was 4 years old. His musical journey since has been filled with many exciting opportunities to grow as a musician, artist, and educator. Becoming a bandleader at age 12, Eigsti was quickly labeled a prodigy, and released 4 early albums as a leader before having the opportunity to sign with Concord Records, where he has released three highly acclaimed albums. Eigsti has been recognized by critics internationally for his unique touch and rhythmic control, and his innovative improvisational storytelling.
Charlie Musselwhite,was honored at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards in May 2012. Charlie Musselwhite won two awards the following evening for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica, and for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. This marks the second year in a row Charlie has won in both categories, and brings his total of Blues Music Awards to a monumental 27!
Pacific Mambo Orchestra has taken the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by storm since its inception in 2010. PMO has created quite a ‘buzz’ by establishing itself within the short period of 6 months as one of the most exciting live acts in the Bay Area, featuring some of Northern California’s finest musicians! Trumpeter Steffen Kuehn and Pianist Christian Tumalan, both experienced bandleaders in their own right, formed this Latin Salsa Big Band to bring back and build upon the great Latin Big Band sounds of the 1940’s through 1960’s.