Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Jan 26 2018 8:00 PM

Erik Jekabson Quintet

Erik's quintet plays his original modern jazz compositions and arrangements.

Band Members and Instruments: Erik Jekabson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kasey Knudsen: alto saxophone; Matt Clark: piano; John Wiitala, bass; Evan Hughes, drums

Artist Bio: Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups, teaching a wide variety of students and running the Young Musicians Program at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Erik has six CDs out under his own name: his most recent album is “Erik Jekabson Quintet” (2017) on the Wide Hive Record Label. His other CDs are: “A Brand New Take” (2016) on the OA2 record label and “Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club,” (2014) ,“Anti-Mass”(2012), and “Crescent Boulevard” (2010), which are on his own Jekab’s Music record label. His debut CD, “Intersection,” was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label.

Erik also co-produced and played on three other recordings which are widely available: The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra’s “Cheap Rent.” “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble.” He’s recorded as a sideman on numerous other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks.

He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

As an arranger and composer, he’s written for both vocalists (Madeleine Peyroux, Ani DiFranco, Jane Krakowski, Jackie Ryan, Kenny Washington, Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, Sandy Cressman, Raz Kennedy, Shanna Carlson) and instrumental ensembles. (San Francisco Symphony, the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra, the California State University East Bay Jazz Ensemble, the SF Composers Orchestra and his own Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, which plays every Sunday at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco.).

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