Monday, April 14, 2008

Up Next at the RJA

Greetings from your friends at the Redwood Jazz Alliance. Miguel Zenón!

Whew! Thanks to all of you who came out. Zenón and his bandmates were thrilled with your attention and enthusiasm.

We've got another great show coming right up with the David Berkman Trio.

They're playing at the Morris Graves Museum of Art at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. With four critically acclaimed albums (named to Top 10 lists by Jazziz, Jazz Times, and the New York Times) and a bestselling textbook ("The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing") to his name, David Berkman has quietly become one of today’s most respected jazz pianists.

Berkman has performed with such luminaries as Sonny Stitt, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Tom Harrell, the Vanguard Orchestra, and Cecil McBee. He's had an especially long and fruitful relationship with drummer Matt Wilson, who appeared here with Trio M and Marty Ehrlich earlier this year. A very popular performer in Europe and Asia, Berkman is squeezing in this West Coast tour, his first, between a week in Paris and a multi-night stand at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

We felt that the intimate atmosphere and fine acoustics of the Graves would be the perfect place to hear this wonderful trio. The only downside to that is that the Graves seats just 110. If you purchase tickets in advance online or at one of the outlets, we can guarantee you a seat. If you get them at the door, standing room may be all that's left.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors and are on sale now online at and at Peoples Records, the Works in Arcata and Eureka and the Metro. (Please note the Metro has recently begun charging a $1 handling fee on every ticket sold there.)

As with all artists that the Redwood Jazz Alliance brings to town, David Berkman will also present a FREE public workshop. His is entitled "Creative Practice, Jazz Standards, the Trio, the Cosmos, and You" and will take place on Wednesday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Studio Theater (Theatre Arts 115) on the HSU campus.

To read more about Berkman and hear an audio stream of his music, go to

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