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Erik Jekabson Quartet w/ special guest John Santos

Trumpeter Erik Jekabson, who's wowed Meetup members at prior performances, leads a quartet that will be joined for this show by renowned percussionist John Santos. The Jazz School says to "imagine a cross between Miles Davis’s 'Bitches Brew,' New Orleans swamp funk, and Brazilian sambas." Featuring Jekabson on trumpet, Grant Levin on piano, John Wiitala on bass, Smith Dobson on drums and John Santos on percussion.

COST: About $16.00 per person (with service fee). General admission. Buy your own tickets. 

IMPORTANT: Because this is a small venue, it often sells out, so if you're sure you're going, I recommend buying your ticket in advance online at this link: http://jazzschool.org/event/erik-jekabson-quartet-with-special-guest-john-santos/

WHERE/WHEN TO MEET: Let's meet beforehand for dinner at Gecko Gecko Thai Restaurant, located at 2101 Milvia Street at Addison, about a block from the concert venue, to give folks more of a chance to socialize. I'll aim for 6:00 p.m. reservations, so let's meet by 5:45 p.m. outside the restaurant. (The show starts at 8:00 p.m.) http://www.geckogeckothai.com/

HOW TO FIND ME: My description is in the Event listing (see above). I'll also email that, plus more info and my cellphone number, to RSVPers by noon on the day of the event.

NOTE: Unless you indicate otherwise via an event page Comment or an email, I'll assume that you're attending dinner, as well as the show.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION: The Jazz School is located less than half a block from the downtown Berkeley BART stop. There is some street parking away from Shattuck, and there is a paid parking lot on Addison, near the jazz school and the restaurant.

DIRECTIONS TO THE RESTAURANT: http://www.geckogeckothai.com/map.html

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  • Paula M.

    Excellent playing throughout by all the musicians doing a crowd-pleasing eclectic repertoire -- and what a treat to have John Santos guest-starring in the lineup! Had a good percentage turnout of RSVPers and a very friendly, lively group of jazzfans with nonstop conversation on a variety of subjects over dinner and before and after the show as well. Truly the best of Meetup in action! :)

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Masako

      Thank you, Paula!! That was another great meetup. Erik Jekabson is becoming my favorite artist in the Bay Area lately. I will definitely attend another concert.

      1 · September 14, 2013

    • Paula M.

      Glad you enjoyed it :) -- It is pretty amazing how some artists can present such varied programs. I've seen him in action several times now, and each program has been unique (while being consistently good in terms of quality), so you never feel as though you're listening to a rehash; it always feels fresh.

      September 14, 2013

  • Andrea A.

    Paula, YOU are a great person and really are so on top of the ballgame regarding communicating through each stage of a gathering. . . . By the way, they were just magical! They should make a camera that freezes the feeling so we could take it to work next week!

    1 · September 14, 2013

    • Paula M.

      Hi, Andrea - thanks for the compliments! :) ... Weren't they great? Such range! ... And yes! how can we bottle that feeling and spritz it on whenever we need a lift??

      September 14, 2013

  • Cam

    Paula, Thanks for arranging. The company was great! Only slightly outshined by the music!

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Paula M.

      I'm so glad you liked it! Great meeting you -- :)

      September 13, 2013

  • Paula M.

    Seated in third row from front toward left side; some os on both sides of aisle

    September 13, 2013

  • Sheila

    Sorry not sure I can make it. If I can, I'll find you. Enjoy.

    September 13, 2013

    • Paula M.

      ok, I'll assume you're *not* doing dinner, in that case. If you decide to try for the show only, look for us outside the jazz school at about 7:30 pm or phone me

      September 13, 2013

    • Sheila

      Thanks Paula, it doesn't look like I'll be making it.

      September 13, 2013

  • Paula M.

    Am going to go inside restaurant at 6:00 p.m. So far, there are 3 of us here (out of 7 expected for dinner) but I hear traffic is bad. Ask for Paula when you get inside if you don't see us toward rear of restaurant.

    September 13, 2013

  • Paula M.

    Am standing outside restaurant now

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to have to skip dinner ... might see you at the show though....

    September 13, 2013

    • Paula M.

      ok, thnx for info; I'll figure you're Not coming to the show unless I hear or see otherwise by showtime --

      September 13, 2013

  • Paula M.

    For the few people NOT doing dinner, look for the rest of us outside the jazz school's street-level door by 7:30 p.m. *or* if you see the place is filling up earlier, feel free to grab a seat and let me/us know via text, phone or an Event Page comment posting where you're seated.

    September 13, 2013

  • Paula M.

    I emailed my cellphone number and other details (what I look like; a time-saver for the restaurant bill; and the restaurant headcount) to RSVPers Thursday night and Friday afternoon, so be sure to check your emails for that info. Please bring my phone number with you Friday in case you're running late or don't see the rest of the group.

    September 13, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    Sorry, I will not be able to make it this time, but I hope you all have a great time.

    September 12, 2013

    • Paula M.

      Catch you another time. I've got another show posted for Sunday, and might post something at Yoshi's-Oakland for later this month if it shows up on Goldstar. I'm also eyeing a free show in SF in October.

      September 12, 2013

  • brian

    Thanks! Looking forward to this very much, and if there's room at the Gecko, I'd love to join for that too!

    September 12, 2013

    • Paula M.

      hi, Brian--yep, I'm including you in the table of 9 at Gecko :) .... Two of the RSVPers are going to meet the rest of us at the jazz school, rather than at dinnner.

      September 12, 2013

  • Lewis

    I was bringing a guest but its not indicated. Please advise. Will attend performance regardless. Looking forward to meeting Jazz lovers and of course the concert.

    September 12, 2013

    • Paula M.

      that's ok - I should be able to up the table to 10, since 9 is an odd number. By the way, you should be able to change your RSVP on this Meetup page to indicate 1 guest. See if you can do that (to help with tracking headcount), but no big deal if you don't see how to do it.

      September 12, 2013

  • Paula M.

    Hi, all -- I've made our reservations at Gecko Gecko Thai as planned. I'll email the RSVPers my cellphone number and other details.

    September 11, 2013

    • Paula M.

      As of Wednesday night, I am expecting there'll be 9 of us for dinner. We'll meet up with Masako and Jessica at the Jazz School. (We'll look for you outside the street-level door at about 7:30 p.m., assuming we finish dinner in a timely manner.) ... If anyone needs to Cancel, please be sure to email me and change your RSVP to No, especially so that I have an accurate headcount for the restaurant. Thanks!

      September 12, 2013

  • Paula M.

    It's exciting to see this event fill up so fast! Just a heads up that I'm aiming to cap the restaurant reservation at EIGHT people to facilitate getting a table, so if you're on the RSVP list but know you can't make dinner (I realize it can be tough on a work night to get away), please be sure to post a Comment below or email me to let me know. Thanks!

    September 5, 2013

    • Paula M.

      At least one person has let me know that she'll meet up with us at the Jazz School rather than doing dinner, so I'm expanding the RSVP list slightly, since we should have room at the table.

      September 7, 2013

  • Cindy

    Looks like a great show but I can't make it that night. Enjoy!

    September 5, 2013

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