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June 2, 2002
Mike Emerson Project
Pan Tectonics | Body English
Music Schedule 11:30am - 12:30pm Body English 1:00pm - 2:00pm The Mike Emerson Project 2:30pm - 4:00pm Pete Escovedo Orchestra 4:30pm - 5:30pm Pan Tectonics s t e e l d r u m b a n d
Pete Escovedo Orchestra (10-piece)
Percussionist and band leader Pete Escovedo
has been at the forefront of Latin jazz for three decades.
Pete and his brother the late Coke Escovedo formed The Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet in the 60's, and after three years with Carlos Santana, the band Azteca
in the 70's, recording two albums on Columbia records. Pete performed all over the world with Santana and played on the albums Moonflower, Oneness,
and Inner Secrets.
Mr. Escovedo has been featured in performance and on recordings with a wide variety of artists from jazz giants Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Woody Herman, and Billy Cobham, to artists such as Anita Baker, Bobby McFerrin, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, and Chris Isaak.
E! Music, Pete's latest recording on Concord Records, showcases his love and mastery
of classic jazz and Afro-Cuban dance music. As with most of his projects, this one was
a family affair. Besides serving as co-producer, his daughter, Sheila E. plays drums and
various percussion instruments along with son Peter Michael, while Pete's wife Juanita
and daughter Zina contribute background vocals.
You can check out an audio sample from E! Music at Pete's web site.
Keyboard player Mike Emerson lived
and performed in Humboldt County for 12 years,
relocating to the SF Bay Area in 1997.
Since then, he's been very much in demand for live performances and
He's toured extensively
in the US, Canada, and Europe, performing and/or recording with Zigaboo Modeliste, James Armstrong, Christine Lakeland, the Gluey Brothers, Johnny Dyer, Thad Beckman, and many others.
Mike's recently released independent CD, wabi-sabi
is an adventurous collection of instrumental tracks
which has been receiving enthusiastic national reviews.
wabi-sabi can be purchased by contacting Mike through a link
or through Amazon.
Joining Mike for Bebop and Brew is powerful drummer T Moran, who has performed with pianist Jim Chappell, Greg Allman, Cold Blood, Starship and the Drifters. He currently plays with Chris Camozzi and with San Francisco bluesman, Daniel Castro.
Guitarist Andre Bush has performed and/or recorded with many living legends of jazz, including Charlie Haden, Steve Smith, Buster Williams, Andy Narell, and Darol Anger. In addition to being a busy session player, he regularly tours with jazz vocalist Jenna Mammina. In 2000, his second album, "Invisible City", was named "CD of the Year"
by Jazz Review, and Andre is a regular
contributor to Guitar Player magazine.
Matt Robinson is a former Humboldt resident whose bass playing helped define the sounds
of many popular local bands, including the Errol Previde Quartet, the Orbitones, Kachimbo, and Zumba! Matt continues to perform with Wasabi, another Humboldt favorite now based in Santa
Cruz. He is currently studying towards his
masters in music at Sacramento State.
Holding true to the Carnival spirit of Trinidad and Tobago, Pan Tectonics
is a lively 10 piece steel drum band performing compositions by two of
Trinidad's foremost composers and arrangers, Ray Holman and Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, as well as the works of American Pan virtuoso Andy Narell, and original arrangements by the group's musical director, John Salazar.
Their repertoire fuses Soca, Samba, and Salsa with the fiery sweetness
of the steel pan the resulting sonic explosion is both soulful and irresistible!
Body English is a cooperatively-led quintet, performing straight ahead jazz.
Alto saxophonist Anthony Diamond is a fourteen year old Arcata High School
student who started performing with jazz groups at the age of 12. He's since
shared the stage with the Mingus Big Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and regularly plays at Humboldt County restaurants. Anthony has received state level honors for his classical work on clarinet.
Tenor saxophone player Susie Laraine recently relocated here after freelancing on sax and flute in
the SF Bay Area since 1980. She's also served as leader, arranger, and composer for small combos,
a sax ensemble, and a 10-piece swing band. Susie teaches music in schools and offers private lessons.
Over the years, drummer Ed Campbell has played with fusion, straight-ahead, and avant-gard jazz combos as well as university orchestras and percussion ensembles. Since moving to the North Coast
in 1987, he's been a mainstay on the local jazz scene, including several Bebop and Brew performances playing his old Gretsch drums. Please don't call them vintage. They're old.
Native to Humboldt County, Vibrophonist Matt McClimon is currently in his final semester at HSU,
where he has been studying percussion with Eugene Novotney since 1997. Matt plans to enter the
jazz studies program at the university of New Orleans. He's perfomed locally with Velvet Jones,
Hermetic Science, the Humboldt Symphony, and the HSU Calypso Band.
Bassist Shao Way Wu has performed with numerous jazz groups, the HSU orchestra,
chamber ensembles, theater shows, and with poets.
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