The DAN ZEMELMAN QUARTET with Vocalist Kenny Washington
The Dan Zemelman Quartet is a collaboration between four musicians who explore the emotional and spiritual territory at the intersection of jazz and improvisation. Tonight they perform original songs and creative arrangements of standards, using each as a springboard for their journey.
Dan Zemelman is a classically trained pianist who developed a passion for jazz in his early adulthood. In 1998, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ambassadors program, Dan toured India and Sri Lanka, representing America’s jazz tradition through teaching and performances. After moving from Chicago to the Bay Area, he was honored to contribute to John Lee Hooker’s last studio album, Face to Face. He currently plays regularly with the Bay Area’s great bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, as well as with his own quartet, which debuted at Yoshi’s last February with a very successful CD release party. They have since played for the SF Jazz Summerfest series and have received an honorary position as an alternate band for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rhythm Road 2010 music abroad program.
Dan Zemelman: piano
Erik Jekabson: trumpet
Greg Wyser-Pratte: drums
Andrew Emer: bass
Kenny Washington: vocals
“The Dan Zemelman Quartet brings some serious jazz chops, and a bandleader who really knows his way around the 88s. Expect satisfyingly complicated bebop, tough yet silky.”
—Hiya Swanhuyser, SF Weekly
“While Zemelman possesses a lovely touch and fertile harmonic imagination, what stands out most on One Way Or Another is the probing lyricism that undergirds his group concept. He gives his formidable collaborators plenty of space, but the improvisation is always tightly bound to the melodic line. The resulting music is playful, tender, celebratory and consistently engaging, a rare project that compels a second, third and fourth spin.”
—Andy Gilbert, Bay Area jazz critic on One Way or Another
$12 – $15 admission. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show at 8:00 pm.