Wednesday, September 12, 7:30, Rendon Hall at California Jazz Conservatory
Jill Rogers (Imperial Jazz Co., Crying Time) celebrates the release of her debut solo album, Happy as a King. Backed by a stellar quintet, she’ll wind her way through well-known and more obscure standards dating primarily from the 1930’s. Although the material is from another time, Rogers’s approach stays absolutely current, bringing presence and relevance to each song. She’s an integrated member of the band who lets the soloists shine. Her outstanding line-up includes guitarist John Finkbeiner and Lorenzo Farrell on organ, as well as the members of the venerable Lost Trio– Phillip Greenlief (saxophone), Dan Seamans (bass), and Tom Hassett (drums).
San Francisco Chronicle writer Andrew Gilbert calls the Lost Trio “a loose-limbed band marked by an off-the-cuff poetic sensibility, full of earthy humor and soaring lyricism.” Formed by Phillip Greenlief, Dan Seamans & Tom Hassett, the band stepped into existence twenty-five years ago with a repertoire of standards by Monk, Porter, Ellington, Mingus that has grown to include over 600 songs from composers as diverse as Hank Williams, Nino Rota, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Billy Strayhorn, Mel Tillis, The Grateful Dead, and PJ Harvey. For this performance, they’ll be focusing on original compositions by Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans, with a few surprises.
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents its Wednesday night series at CJC with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.