* Friday October 28th, 2005: Tribute to the Masters: The Music of Duke Ellington and Thad Jones
This Big-Band tribute concert will feature some of the finest jazz musicians from San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, coming together for a tribute to two of the greatest jazz composers of all-time: Duke Ellington and Thad Jones.
This concert will display the original works of Ellington and Jones, captured from the library of the late Bill Berry, a alumnus of both the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band. In addition, little-known poetry written by Duke Ellington will be recited to the audience between musical selections.
* Friday December 16, 2005: Clayton Brothers Quintet (website: theclaytonbrothers.com)
The Clayton Brothers Quintet is one of the few great straight-ahead groups on the scene today. The group is just one of many projects for these versatile musicians. John and Jeff are both in-demand as composers and arrangers, and also are co-leaders (along with Jeff Hamilton) of the award-winning Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. This fiery group will play two sets that will surely entertain all.
* Friday January 20, 2006: Russell Malone Quartet
Russell Malone is one of the great living jazz guitarists. The Monterey area is lucky to be catching this quartet while on his CD release tour for its newest work. This quartet will be right in the middle of their national tour, playing many of the top venues from coast to coast beginning in January 2006. This concert is a must-see for all! Site: PG Performing Arts Center*
Concert Presented by JR Rouse Real Estate