San Rafael - Come enjoy the great American art form of jazz with some of the Bay Area’s finest jazz musicians at your local Copperfield’s. We’re partnering with the nonprofit Jazz in the Neighborhood for a free concert series at our book stores. Renowned jazz musicians share the stage with aspiring young players from local schools, in accordance with the jazz tradition of “learning on the bandstand.” At all their shows, Jazz in the Neighborhood guarantees their performers fair compensation and you may make a contribution if you choose.
Two of the Bay Area’s great veteran saxophonists — one dubbed "the best mainstream reedman in the Bay Area as of 1998,” the other “among the most imaginative, sensitive and creative saxoponists of the post-Coltrane era" (San Francisco Examiner) — will be accompanied by extremely capable bassist John Wiitala and drummer Bryan Bowman, two of Northern California's most in-demand rhythm section players.
Sax players Harvey Wainapel and Noel Jewkes have known and admired each other for more than thirty years but rarely performed together. Their styles of blowing, although quite different from each other, are very compatible, sharing two unifying traits: love and understanding of song forms; and insistence on melody and swing. These talents will be put to good use in the liberating context of a "chordless" quartet – that is, without piano or guitar. The horn players will have great freedom of melodic creation combined with the discipline of clearly presenting the harmonies with just bass and drums as they explore the "Great American Songbook," a vast body of material that has been revered and renewed by musicians for decades in this informal jam-style session.