Ray Obiedo Group

Friday, September 8, 6pm at Copperfield’s Books  |no admission charge|

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents the Ray Obiedo Group. Led by contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Ray Obiedo with Peter Horvath, piano; Phil Hawkins, steel pans; Marc van Wageningen, bass; and Colin Douglas, drums. The group plays a combination of contemporary jazz, Latin and Brazilian grooves.

As a youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, Obiedo’s musical development was informed by Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini, and the popular sounds of Motown Records. Probably the greatest influence, though, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sounds was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique. Many years and successful albums later, he has steadily emerged as an original, expressive, and exciting contemporary jazz standout with a delightfully distinctive Bay Area flavor.

This free concert is a collaboration between Jazz in the Neighborhood and Copperfield’s Books, which provides use of their space. Though there is no income from ticket sales, Jazz in the Neighborhood pays each musician a guaranteed fair wage. To make these concerts possible, we depend on contributions from our JITN membership, audience members, and sponsors such as Magic Flute and Bananas at Large. We extend our thanks and appreciation for your continuing support, because we couldn’t do it without you!

Admission-free event at Copperfield’s Books, 850 Fourth Street, San Rafael