JAZZ IN JULY 2019 AT THE LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jazz in July, an annual Livermore tradition, once again takes over the Civic Center Library for four programs by top jazz artists. All programs are on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue. They are all free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Livermore Library. No reservations required. Parking and seats are limited, so get to the library early!
This year’s lineup:
July 7: Dave Rocha Jazz Quartet kicks off Jazz in July
Dave Rocha has been a mainstay of the greater Bay Area jazz community for over 20 years. His quartet will be performing an eclectic mix of tunes that cover a wide variety of tempos, rhythms and styles, including jazz waltz, jazz rock, latin, hardbop, and blues. In addition to performing on the trumpet, his main instrument, look for Rocha to demonstrate some amazing technique and facility on the flugelhorn, the larger "cousin" to the trumpet. Although a native of California, Rocha played for over a decade in New York City with such all-time jazz legends as Lionel Hampton, Larry Elgart and the great Machito. Although influenced by many of the great jazz trumpet players, he has evolved his own unique approach to jazz trumpet playing and is constantly searching for new avenues of expression.
July 14: Tod Dickow and Charged Particles play the music of Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker was an innovator on the tenor saxophone whose unique voice and approach to the instrument influenced every performing saxophonist. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, he was a prolific composer and leader of The Brecker Brothers, Steps Ahead, the Pat Metheny-Michael Brecker Special Quartet, and other bands. At this show, Brecker’s music will be played by tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow with renowned Bay Area jazz trio Charged Particles (Murray Low, Aaron Germain, and Jon Krosnick). The performance will include complex and fascinating arrangements, fun funky and Latin rhythms, plenty of swinging, and touching romantic ballads.
July 21: Dan Marschak Trio
Dan Marschak is an Oakland-born jazz pianist, composer, and educator, who currently serves as full-time music faculty at Las Positas College (LPC), where he teaches composition, music theory, piano, and jazz combos. Marschak’s debut album Likewise was heralded as “adventurous and well developed” by pianist, conductor, and composer Lalo Schifrin. Steering clear of conventional formats, the album explores an array of genres, instrumentations, and textures, while maintaining a unique compositional sensibility. He is also music director, composer, and pianist on the 2018 album Time Stops by vocalist Kalil Wilson. Marschak will be joined by fellow LPC faculty Cindy Browne Rosefield on bass and Kelly Fasman on drums. The trio will perform a family friendly set of jazz standards, originals, and arrangements.
July 28: World-renowned jazz guitarist Mimi Fox
As a virtuosic improviser who has collaborated with many of jazz’s greatest figures, Mimi Fox has earned her spot in the jazz guitar pantheon. But the jazz tradition is only one of the powerful currents feeding her music. With her 11th album as a leader or co-leader, This Bird Still Flies, Fox delivers a seamless but far-ranging album that is breathtaking in its beauty, emotional immediacy and stylistic reach. Over the years Fox has performed and recorded with an intergenerational who’s who of jazz guitar stars, including Charlie Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Mundell Lowe, Charlie Hunter and Stanley Jordan. A six-time winner of Down Beat Magazine’s International Critics Poll, this Bay Area guitarist is recognized by colleagues and writers as one of the most eloquent six-string improvisers on the scene.
The Friends of the Livermore Library have generously underwritten the Jazz in July series. For additional events, check the online Events Calendar or call (925) 373-5500.