Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

“Flamenco-influenced, multi-style guitarist…” – The Los Angeles Times Ottmar Liebert’s mix of Latin-influenced guitar playing – underscored by the creative interplay of his band, Luna Negra – has garnered five Grammy Award nominations over the past two decades, as well as a loyal following throughout the world. His thirty-eight Gold and Platinum recordings are a testament to the popularity […]


Nicholas Payton Trio Featuring Vincente Archer & Bill Stewart

“… genre-defying solos…” – Chicago Tribune Trumpeter Nicholas Payton refuses to be pigeonholed into any one style or description, no doubt due to the freewheeling influence of his native New Orleans. From traditional brass bands to contemporary hip-hop, Payton has collaborated with a broad range of stylistically diverse artists, all of whom have benefitted from his distinctive sound, […]

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Tuck & Patti

“…extraordinary musicianship…” – JazzTimes Few musicians can emotionally connect with an audience as truly as Tuck and Patti. Together, guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart have been performing spellbinding duets since 1978. Partners on-stage and in life, Tuck and Patti often focus on songs of love, making for a particular fitting Valentine’s Day show that has become a beloved annual […]


Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet

“An amazing guitarist…” – Pat Metheny Rez Abbasi, voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in DownBeat’s 2013 Critics Poll, has created an impressive body of work with his most recent recording, Intents & Purposes. Through his RAAQ project, Abbasi’s artistic alchemy transforms prime selections of the jazz-rock canon from amplified thunder into subtle, acoustically rendered gems. Fusion classics by Weather […]


Billy Childs All-Star Quartet

“…winding paths of chordal and rhythmic changes.” – Los Angeles Times As a pianist, composer, and arranger, Billy Childs has forged an impressive body of work over the past four decades, often drawing together the worlds of jazz and classical music. A three-time Grammy award-winner for his compositions and arrangements, Childs has been the recipient of a Guggenheim […]

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Tommy Emmanuel

“Emmanuel dazzles” – Guitar Player Magazine Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected guitarists. The legendary fingerpicker has a professional career that spans nearly five decades around the globe. Beginning his six-string tutelage at the age of four, he was touring professionally by the time he was ten, and was dubbed with the honorary title “Certified […]


Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

“A big, fierce sound…” – National Public Radio (NPR) Melissa Aldana, the daughter of famed Chilean saxophonist Marcos Aldana, learned well from her father. Heavily influenced by Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, and Mark Turner, Aldana has performed with a parade of top-notch jazz artists: George Coleman, Greg Osby, Christian McBride, and Jeff “Tain” Waits, among others. […]


Eric Harland Voyager with Chris Turner, Walter Smith III, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan

“…a supremely gifted communicator…” – All About Jazz One of the most in demand drummers of his generation, Houston-born Eric Harland has performed with jazz legends like Betty Carter, Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner. He has been a member of the SFJAZZ Collective since 2006, and most recently journeyed out west as the 2014 Artist-in-Residence for the Monterey […]


Albert Lee

“… a genuine guitar wizard…” – Earl Scruggs Albert Lee is accorded elite status among guitar aficionados and for good reason. During the ’60s, before becoming known for his recordings with American rock ‘n’ roll icons Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis, the British blues guitarist spent his ‘apprenticeship’ years performing in a number of English bands. […]

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Making The Cosmos Local

Questions That Matter: Making the Cosmos Local. For millennia, people across the globe have searched the sky for answers. They have imagined and reimagined the cosmos, from an infinite and eternal backdrop full of other worlds, to a young Earth encircled by nearby planets and crystal spheres of stars. What is the relation between our lives […]

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