Please join us for a house concert with the Terrence Brewer/Whitney James Group on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 4 p.m. Yes, we know that is Easter...perhaps I'll whip up some Easter-themed treats! $10-20 sliding scale donation, all proceeds to the artists. www.berkeleyhouseconcert.org www.facebook.com/poplarplayhouse
I will send an email through meetup.com with the exact address after you RSVP. Some people have told me that they didn't receive the email, so some of them may not be getting through. If you have RSVP'd here and haven't heard from us, please send an email to linda AT berkeleyhouseconcerts.org (substitute @ for AT) or call Tom at[masked]-4097. Some people have reported that my email is bouncing. It shouldn't be, but if it does, try oliverlinda AT comcast.net. Thanks!
Joining Brewer and James will be in-demand bassist, Doug Ebert, an acclaimed bandleader and composer in his own right. The afternoon’s concert will also be recorded for an upcoming edition of KCSM’s long-running program “In The Moment” with host Jim Bennett.
Brewer and James met in 2008 when Brewer was on tour in Florida with his Trio supporting his album QuintEssential (#15 on the national JazzWeek Radio Charts). Brewer and James hit it off quickly striking up a friendship over their mutual love of jazz and the fact that James has SF Bay area roots. Over the next few years, Brewer and James have played several times when James has made trips back to the Bay area.
"Two albums in, the Alameda guitarist sounds increasingly powerful. There's a logic to his improvisation that invokes the soulful shock of Grant Green, but Brewer veers off course at perfect moments. He lights up where Green might slow down, sits back where Green might tense up. The inversion works. One of the reasons the San Francisco Bay are jazz scene looks promising..." --Dan King, San Francisco Chronicle, January 2007
"Brewer has the soul of Grant Green and the technical ability of any of today's contemporary players!" --Jesse "Chuy" Varela, Program Director, KCSM (91.1 FM "The SF Bay area's Jazz station
Here is what people are saying about Whitney James: “Wow. What a supple, precise, expressive singer. James and Jensen braid their lines beautifully on this album, recalling the great Helen Merrill recording with Clifford Brown. Whitney's a keeper.” – Paul de Barros, Seattle Times/Down Beat
"Rising-star jazz singer Whitney James...has just released a startlingly impressive and mature debut CD, The Nature of Love, which also features the playing of acclaimed trumpeter and flugelhorn player Ingrid Jensen." ~ Philip Booth of the St. Petersburg Times