Mario Guarneri Quartet + tbd_a quartet

Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30, Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents two sets featuring trumpeter Mario Guarneri. tbd_a quartet is named after the groups instrumentation and features Mario Guarneri and Erik Jekabson on trumpets, John Wiitala on bass, and Akira Tana at the drums. The Guarneri Quartet swaps out the second trumpet for the guitar of Randy Vincent.

tbd_a quartet with two trumpets, bass and drums, plays their music in a linear way, creating implied harmonies, and stretching traditional forms. The band’s original compositions are written with this particular instrumentation in mind, and often grow from a small idea that is developed by all of the members of the group. In this band, the line is the most important element, and it determines the direction and expresses the emotion and story of the music. And as for the name tbd? “tbd can be ‘to be determined’, reflective of the improvisational nature of the group, and/or ‘trumpets bass drums,’ reflective of the instrumentation of the group,” explains Guarneri. More information about the group at

The Guarneri Jazz Quartethas established a dedicated following for its innovative interpretations of jazz classics and originals. The group features some of the most creative musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, and reflects their wide diversity and vast experience. Its members have performed and recorded with artists including Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Mose Allison, John Heard, George Duke, Donald Byrd, George Cables, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, and Roger Kellaway.

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents its Wednesday night series at CJC with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.

Tickets available online at the CJC box office or at the door.
$20 general admission / $10 full-time students



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