2019 Jazz At Filoli Lineup
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The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet is the crème de la crème of musical talent that has emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area. Each member of this quintet possesses infinite creativity and extensive experience in ensemble play. In one form or another, these artists have either performed, toured or recorded together for more than 15 years.
Wayne Wallace, who created the Patois label, is a self-described “closet ethnomusicologist.” His compositions, arrangements and interpretations convey a diversified tonal and rhythmic palette of which his colleagues joyously communicate with one another. This intimate interplay is evident on their most recent recording on the Patois Records label aptly titled “¡BIEN BIEN!” which has garnered an impressive 4½ stars (out of 5) from Downbeat Magazine in the Jan. 2010 issue. The 2009 Stanford Jazz Festival program promoted the July performance by saying, “San Francisco native Wayne Wallace is practically a one-man ecosystem of jazz. He is a phenomenal trombonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, producer, and head of his own record label. Pursuing each of these endeavors with unparalleled passion, imagination, and artistry, Wayne has become a towering figure in the Bay Area jazz scene.” Each member of the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet holds a well-deserved reputation for skill, knowledge, professionalism, and individual accomplishments in the Latin Jazz arena. Together they create a tight-knit quintet that holds an intelligent, creative musical dialogue while honoring the indigenous musical traditions. In their live performances, they respect the key role of the audience in the art of music making.
2019 Grammy Nominee Jamie Davis comes to Filoli on June 23. Compelling, full deep baritone voice and a passion for his craft, Jamie leaves his audiences uplifted and feeling good……..really good! A Count Basie Alum, has been described as a fine wine that has stood the test of time, constantly innovating jazz classics with a repertoire from Cole Porter to Stevie Wonder with effortless delivery.
Globally acclaimed, Jamie has worked venues in Paris, Rome, Dubai, Tokyo, Osaka Istanbul, Milan, Croatia, Kuala Lumpur, Serbia, Sochi, Croatia, Moscow, Finland and Spain. He has also appeared at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London. In the States, he has performed at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s and the great “The Appel Room,” the Blue Note-New York, The Playboy Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz Festival. The San Francisco Bay Area hosts many jazz venues with his performances including Yoshi’s, SF Jazz, Palace of Fine Arts, San Jose Jazz Festival, Stanford’s Bing Auditorium, Jazz on the Plaz, the Lesher Auditorium and “Bach Dancing and Dynamite.”
After their first international “Travel Light Tour” in 2018, the duo couldn’t wait to plan a second tour. Raised on old jazz records and live music, Sara uses her guitar to craft songs and tell stories. Composer and guitar-virtuoso, W.G. Snuffy Walden, paints musical landscapes over which Sara’s powerful vocals take flight. In the Spring of 2019, they will be touring with fresh songs and a brand-new album!
From starring on Broadway and singing at the Grand Ole Opry to touring in over thirty countries with Postmodern Jukebox, Sara has grown up on stages and in studios. Her videos on YouTube have garnered over 24 million views. After listening to her sing online, Ellen DeGeneres invited her to perform on The Ellen Show and share her music.
Emmy-award winner, W.G. Snuffy Walden has composed music for over 60 television shows and films, including The West Wing, Nashville, and thirtysomething. He has played with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Eric Burdon. Most recently, he is the subject of a new documentary, Up to Snuff, which tells the story of his journey.
Larry Vuckovich has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire heard at prestigious North American and European jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals. He is as equally at home in world music/classically influenced modal jazz as he is in hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues.
Cited by piano legend Barry Harris as “one of the premier West Coast pianists”, Mr. Vuckovich brought his Jazz-Latin Trio/Quartet, featured on his two recent piano trio/quartet CDs, to Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York on a recent East Coast tour. On the same tour, Marian McPartland invited him to interview and perform with her on her Piano Jazz show, broadcast to national and global NPR affiliates.
Larry was named a “Jazz Legend” at the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco. Larry was honored along with Eddy and Vernon Alley, Willie Bobo, Vince Guaraldi, Paul Desmond, Bop City’s Jimbo Edwards, John Handy, Noel Jewkes, Frank Jackson, Jon Hendricks, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat Nacey, Cal Tjader, Allen Smith, and others who contributed to the greatness of the San Francisco jazz scene. Larry Vuckovich Day, December 8th was proclaimed in San Francisco on his birthday.
Larry was the first jazz musician to discover and record Bronislaw Kaper’s obscure, haunting High Wall theme. He performed in New York at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and was Marian McPartland’s guest on her NPR Piano Jazz program. His other performances include tours with Legends of Jazz featuring Hadley Caliman, Curtis Fuller, Julian Priester, John Heard, Jeff Chambers, and Eddie Marshall. Larry, who worked with Dexter Gordon, recently collaborated with the Napa Valley Jazz Society to present a tribute to Dexter Gordon in a two- tenor front line quintet format. He recently reconnected with the legendary percussionist Big Black, with whom he worked in Jon Hendrick’s group in the 60s. He and Big Black recently headlined a sellout performance at the Blue Note club in Napa, California. His teaching and clinical projects include a solo piano format of the History of Jazz Piano, ranging from Jelly Roll Morton, Fatha Hines, Teddy Wilson, and Bud Powell, to Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, and various free jazz styles.
Bay Area-based, Nicolas Bearde made his mark in the jazz world as a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s revolutionary a cappella group “Voicestra” in the 1980’s. He has released 5 solo albums as a bandleader, and travels the world as the vocalist and narrator for sax legend Vincent Herring’s “Story of Jazz Orchestra” chronicling 100 years of recorded jazz. His silky baritone sound invites comparison to Lou Rawls, Joe Williams, and Billy Eckstine, and his engaging rapport draws the audience into his live performances. Returning to Filoli, Nicolas re-interprets the timeless songs of one of his earliest influences, Nat “King” Cole, with fresh arrangements by Josh Nelson, long-time pianist for the late Natalie Cole. Bearde’s supple phrasing and tender delivery, breathes fresh life into Nat’s trove of enduring classics such as “Unforgettable”, “Straighten up and Fly Right” and “Tenderly”.
John Santos, a 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Awardee, was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District amidst an extended family of Puerto Rican musicians, he’s been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for over four decades. He is a US Artists Fontanals Fellow, served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee and has played an essential role in expanding Latin jazz’s rhythmic lexicon beyond the foundational Cuban grooves. He has produced a steady stream of critically-acclaimed, peer-respected recordings on his Machete Records label since 1984 and has traveled the world as a teacher and lecturer since the mid-eighties.
John is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music. He has performed and/or recorded with masters such as Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, James Moody, Omar Sosa, McCoy Tyner, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Bebo Valdés.
John’s work has been recognized and supported by the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, the California Arts Council, United States Artists, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Creative Work Fund, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.
He was founder and director (1985-2006) of the internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble, and currently directs the Cubadisco-nominated, John Santos Sextet. November 12, 2006 was proclaimed John Santos Day in San Francisco by Mayoral proclamation.
The John Santos Sextet: Dr. John Calloway – flute, piano, Marco Diaz – piano, trumpet, Charlie Gurke – saxes, Saul Sierra – bass, David Flores – drums, John Santos – percussion
Food and Beverage Information
- Your VIP Table reservation includes two bottles of wine (red and white). Additional beverages are available for purchase at bars located next to the Tennis Courts. You are also welcome to bring your own wine, corkage fee is included
- VIP Table reservations also include a charcuterie plate for the table. Our guests are also welcome to bring their own food to the concert
- We ask that you use a soft-sided or collapsible cooler to pack your food
- Boxed lunches are available. We encourage you to order in advance. Boxed lunches are $25 each and can be pre-ordered by calling our Tickets Team at (650) 364-8300, press 1. See menu below.
Filoli Jazz Boxed Lunch Menu*
Your meal comes with pasta salad and a chocolate chip cookie
Roasted turkey, avocado, bacon, swiss cheese, mayonnaise, tomato, & lettuce on sweet french roll