Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 pm at California Jazz Conservatory
Anne Sajdera is a pianist, composer, and bandleader, whose music encompasses an unusually far-flung array of traditions. With musical roots spanning the globe, she melds American and Brazilian jazz with her training in European classical music to create an utterly personal sound that’s melodically verdant, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically compelling. Her new CD is a explores the modern jazz quintet and features two award-winning young composer/instrumentalists from the Czech Republic, Miroslav Hloucal (trumpet) and Jan Fečo (alto sax) as well as some of the finest musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area.
The quintet for this event are Mike Olmos, trumpet; Lyle Link, alto sax; Anne Sajdera, piano; Aaron Germain, bass; and Deszon Claiborne, drums. The ensemble will perform original compositions, driving arrangements of traditional Roma melodies, and the music of modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland. At times lyrical, at times angular, yet always filled with the beauty of rhythm, this ensemble reveals a skillful and inspiring sound that reaches musically across two continents and several cultures.
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents its Wednesday night series at CJC with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.
Tickets available through the CJC box office or at the door.
$20 general admission / $10 full-time students
Rendon Hall in the Fiddler Annex, 2040 Addison St. Berkeley