Chamber Jazz Double Bill: Erik Jekabson String-tet + Matt Renzi Cello Quartet

Thursday, August 15, 2013 — 12:00 AM
Tickets: $10 General, $8 Members
Tickets available at the door only
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Matt Renzi Erik Jekabson

Bay Area trumpet player Erik Jekabson and Rome-based reed player Matt Renzi present an evening of artful jazz composition featuring a cast of stellar local string players and one of the most creative, hard swinging rhythm sections around. Both bandleaders combine composition rooted in jazz and chamber music with collective improvisation, lyrical melodies and virtuosic soloing, exploiting the diverse palette of sounds available in a unique instrumentation that combines reeds with strings and rhythm section.

“Even in a jazz scene as strong as this one, you seldom see a band as good as Erik Jekabson’s new sextet; equal parts horn, rhythm, and string sections, it’s as much a chamber group as it is a combo. And the songs…are quietly, cunningly beautiful, layered with warm harmonies and insightful solos.”
East Bay Express

“Renzi is an adept and lyrical player, possessed of a fertile melodic imagination and an intense musicality.”
Jazz Times

Erik Jekabson String-tet
Erik Jekabson – trumpet, flugelhorn
Mike Zilber – tenor saxophone
Mads Tolling – violin
Charith Premawardhana – viola
John Wiitala – bass
Smith Dobson V – drums and vibes

Matt Renzi Cello Quartet
Matt Renzi – sax, oboe, compositions
TBA – cello
John Wiitala – bass
Smith Dobson V – drums