Redwood Jazz Alliance

2008-09 Season

Last season, nearly 1500 people enjoyed concerts by the world-class performers who graced our stages, and another 300 heard those same artists drop musical science at free public workshops--"religious experiences," one attendee called them. We're ready to do it again.

Admission will remain $15 General Admission and $10 for students & seniors. Advance tickets will be available at People's Records and the Works--and here at our website. Each of the artists below will present a workshop or clinic, usually the morning after the scheduled concert, that's free and open to the public. Click on each artist's name below to navigate to a web page devoted to him or her. And feel free to contact us at with questions, comments--and donations!

Donny McCaslin


Donny McCaslin Trio
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 (8 p.m.) | Fulkerson Recital Hall, HSU
With Hans Glawischnig, bass and Ted Poor, drums

One of the most electrifying tenors on the current scene, McCaslin--2008 DownBeat Critics "Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist"--replaced Chris Potter in the Dave Douglas Quintet and has been a star member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the past five years. (He was nominated for a Grammy for his solo work on Schneider's acclaimed Concert in the Garden.) McCaslin's 2007 CD In Pursuit won critical raves, and this fall he's touring behind a new trio album, Recommended Tools, with bassist Hans Glawischnig and Ted Poor sitting in for drummer Johnathan Blake.

“McCaslin's playing has never sounded better: it's a protean force that navigates the grooves with stunning assurance and invention....Recommended Tools is his finest record as an improviser.” —DownBeat

Dafnis Prieto

Dafnis Prieto Quartet
Thursday, October 30, 2008 (8 p.m.) | Kate Buchanan Room, HSU
With Peter Apfelbaum, saxophones; Manuel Valera, piano; and Armando Gola, bass

Dafnis Prieto moved to the U.S. from Cuba less than a decade ago, but in that short time he's become one of the most influential drummers of his generation. His compositions fuse the folk, classical, and jazz traditions of his native country into a genre-defying idiom marked by contrapuntal melodies over polyrhythmic foundations. It's all held together by what All About Jazz calls Prieto's "awesome virtuosity and astonishing versatility." The quartet will be playing music from his latest release, Taking the Soul for a Walk.

"A phenomenal drummer... he is clearly pushing the Afro-Cuban jazz language into new territory." –Variety

“Prieto stands out for his energy, his creativity and, perhaps most of all, his borderless musical worldview.” –The New York Times

Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen Quartet
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 (8 p.m.) | Kate Buchanan Room, HSU
With Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Joe Martin, bass; and Daniel Freedman, drums

Israeli-born reedist Cohen--one of three siblings who leapt onto the New York (and international) jazz stage several years ago--was recently named "Rising Star Clarinet" for the second straight year in the DownBeat Critics Poll. In 2007 she won Clarinetist of the Year and Up-and-Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, and she was the first female horn player to headline a (sold-out) week at the Village Vanguard. Her albums Noir and Poetica made their way onto a score of ten-best lists last year.

"Cohen has emerged as one of the brightest, most original young instrumentalists in jazz...[she] has expanded the vocabulary of jazz with a distinctive accent of her own" —Washington Post
anat cohen featured on npr

Go Home

"Go Home"
Monday, February 9, 2009 (8 p.m.) | Kate Buchanan Room
Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Ron Miles, cornet; Charlie Hunter, eight-string guitar; Scott Amendola, drums

The rapport between the members of this special quartet goes back to the vibrant Bay Area music scene of the 1990’s, a fertile time when musicians were working with and learning from each other in clubs and concert spaces across a wide range of styles. (Scott, Ben, and Charlie were variously playing and sitting in with the Tin Hat Trio, T.J. Kirk, the Charlie Hunter Quartet, and the underground band Snorkel.) Working with Ben’s compositions, Go Home unites Charlie and Scott’s rootsy, hard-driving grooves with the lyrical interplay of Ben and Ron Miles, a sensitive cornetist who's worked extensively with Don Byron and Bill Frisell, among others. 

more about "go home"
profile of composer ben goldberg

Uri Caine

Uri Caine Trio
Thursday, March 12, 2009 (8 p.m.) | Morris Graves Museum of Art
With Drew Gress, bass and Ben Perowsky, drums

Philly native Caine is a wildly eclectic and inventive pianist known equally for his massive jazz chops and his iconoclastic reinterpretations of classical composers. (He finished one vote below Herbie Hancock in the "Keyboard" category of the 2008 DownBeat Critics Poll--and his 1997 album Urlicht/Primal Light won a "Best Mahler CD of the Year" award from the International Mahler society.) He's had long and productive relationships with leading lights of the New York downtown set such as Don Byron, Dave Douglas, and John Zorn, and critics quickly placed his 2004 Live at the Village Vanguard album in the piano trio pantheon.

"Uri Caine is a monster improviser and an exceptionally sophisticated arranger." —All Music Guide

"Live at the Village Vanguard is a masterwork from a pianist at the very top of his game". —All About Jazz
uri caine trio on npr's live at the village vanguard


Sunday, April 26, 2009 (8 p.m.) | Fulkerson Recital Hall, HSU
Mark Turner, tenor saxophone; Larry Grenadier, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums

We're bookending our season with two very different sax trios--sort of. FLY, as jazz critic Nate Chinen explains, "doesn't heed the usual hierarchies of the saxophone trio, which cast the rhythm section in a supporting role." Instead, FLY is a true cooperative: "all parts carry equal weight, and none necessarily takes the lead." Composed of drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier (who've both worked extensively with Brad Mehldau and Pat Metheny), along with tenor saxophonist Mark Turner (the man New York Times senior music writer Ben Ratliff once called "The Best Jazz Player You've Never Heard"), FLY makes music that jabs, bobs, soars, and grooves.

"FLY's music hits the head and then seeps into the heart, neither one at the expense of the other." —Brad Mehldau


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