Friday, July 28, 6pm at Copperfield’s Books | RSVP for free event |
Pianist Ken Cook is accompanied by Jeff Denson, bass, and Kendrick Freeman, drums. Balancing the traditions of jazz, blues, and contemporary music, this trio paints sonic landscapes with structure, freedom, dialogue and chance. The music of Monk, Keith Jarrett, and the modern masters provide the starting point.
Ken Cook is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston and been on the Bay Area scene playing jazz, blues, Latin and Brazilian Music for over ten years. He leads this trio in addition to playing with Bay Area favorites, John Calloway, Terrie Odabi, and Mark Summer (Turtle Island Quartet) among others. Cook holds the Jazz piano chair on the music faculty at Sonoma State University.
Bassist, educator, composer and band leader Jeff Denson is known for his critically acclaimed work with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. He’s toured throughout Europe and the U.S. with Konitz both as a sideman and a leader. He is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and leads three of his own groups.
Kendrick Freeman is a Bay Area drummer, percussionist, and teacher with a background in both drum set and hand drums. His drum set and traditional studies inform each other, and he has been flexible enough to work with wide range of artists in a number of styles and settings, among them national dobro ace Rob Ickes, string wizard Joe Craven, banjoist Alison Brown, Pakistani singer Sukhawat Ali Khan, the flamenco group Rumba Tribe, and blues artists lke Soul Fuse and guitarist Michael Barclay.
Jazz in the Neighborhood’s Emerging Artist will be alto sax player Gio Mendez. A student at Casa Grande High, he recently performed at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival as a member of the Big House Quintet.
This free concert is presented as a collaboration between Jazz in the Neighborhood and Copperfield’s Books. We are grateful for the monetary support of our members, supporters, and advertisers that make these concerts possible. Thanks also to Bananas At Large for providing our new concert sound system.
Free event at Copperfield’s Books, 850 Fourth Street, San Rafael