John Hoy trio

Friday, July 14, 6pm at Copperfield’s Books  | RSVP for free event |

John Hoy will lead on guitar with Richard Lieter, keyboard, and Cliff Hugo, bass. The trio will play a mix of light-hearted music including TV show themes interpreted in a jazz context. They’ll also perform some unique arrangements of songs that aren’t normally thought of as jazz. John espouses the philosophy that jazz should be fun for both the musician and the listener.

Our Emerging Artists will be Patrick Kelley, guitar, with Cole Bailey on bass and Matt Paquette, drums.

John Hoy, a sought after guitarist and bassist in the Bay Area, combines the styles of jazz, blues, and pop. He studied at Berklee College of Music and went on to make a name for himself in Los Angeles by doing club work, studio sessions, and arranging and performing on film soundtracks. After moving to the Bay Area, he opened his own recording studio becoming a producer and player on many independent CD projects.

Many will have heard Richard Leiter playing the jazz piano tracks on various Charlie Brown Peanuts specials and commercials. His playing and singing have also been featured in projects for the Sheraton Hotels, Tropicana, Paramount Pictures as well as projects for NBC and CBS. He performs regularly at Bay Area venues like Martuni’s, Castagnola’s, and the Claremont, where his style is a unique jazz-R&B spin on Gershwin, Jobim, Motown, and the Beatles. As a composer, Leiter has created and produced music for hundreds of TV & Radio projects You can view his work at His production company, Words & Music, is located in Marin County.

Cliff Hugo is best known as the bassist for the legendary group Supertramp, and he’s also performed with luminaries like Ray Charles, Melissa Manchester, and Manhattan Transfer. Over the years Hugo has lent his talents in over 1,000 commercial jingles and hundreds of film and TV scores, too.

Patrick Kelley and his bandmates met at Marin School of the Arts a few years ago and have been playing and writing various styles of music together ever since. All three have played in the big band and in small combos at MSA. Currently, the three are working on an alternative/rock band called Relevancy, using their musical skills and ideas to write and record original music.

Free event at Copperfield’s Books, 850 Fourth Street, San Rafael


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