• Lavay Smith - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Lavay Smith - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Big Band Swing/Jazz

    Nobody plays classic jump-blues and jazz with more punch and authority than Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Fronted by the sultry Smith, an alluring singer whose style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band performs tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as original numbers, for fans across the United States, Canada and Europe. The seven-piece Red Hot Skillet Lickers, led by arranger and pianist Chris Siebert, features a rogue’s gallery of robustly swinging soloists who cut their teeth with everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles. From Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington.


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • No Concert, November 29, 2014 Thanksgiving
    No Concert, November 29, 2014 Thanksgiving

  • Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    A Musical Feast for the Holidays

    Skyline College Concert Choir invites you to A Musical Feast for the Holidays - a choral concert about everyone’s favorites – food and drink! The program will feature musical selections celebrating the edible abundance of harvest time as well as the season’s plentiful libations. Excerpts from Purcell’s King Arthur and J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata will top our menu; these early music morsels of non-holiday fare will be served alongside savory courses of opera excerpts by Offenbach, Strauss Jr., and Gilbert and Sullivan, refreshing modern treats by Leonard Bernstein, and contemporary musical theater desserts. In addition to traditional carols and seasonal music, we will also offer our audience tasty holiday favorites such as Fruitcake, We Wish You A Merry Christmas (We won’t go until we get some figgy pudding…), and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…).

    NOTE: Special pricing for this concert:

    $12 - Adult Non-Member
    $10 - Members, Seniors and Students

    Tickets Only Available at the Door
  • Curios - Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Curios - Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Original Alternative

    The Curios are back to present their 17th annual Winter Concert.
    Award winning singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Nancy Hall and Lee Parvin are the creative core of their own band The Curios. Together with a stable of talented friends they build what Northern California Songwriter has called a “wonderfully eclectic, quirky and beautifully complex musical universe.” Don't miss this one of a kind musical evening.

    Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, as this show may sell out.

    Get 8 or more tickets to reserve a table.
    No free passes accepted for this show.


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • High Country - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    High Country - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Bluegrass Holiday


    "...One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." -Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

    Over the last forty years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band's blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar, and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music. High Country's show offers a vital mix of powerful originals and standards, from blues to breakdowns to gospels sung in close harmony. Even the songs and tunes written by band members themselves remain true to the genre, with careful attention paid to the nuances of the bluegrass style. With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing,


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • Winter Vacation
    Winter Vacation

  • Ray Charles Project - Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Ray Charles Project - Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Ray Charles Tribute

    TIn tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook.
    Tony Lindsay has 11 Grammy awards on his mantel after spending two decades as lead singer of Santana, and has recorded with such artists as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Steve Winwood. He moved from Albany, New York to San Jose in 1980, worked at Guitar Center, and joined the Danny Hull Quintet, which later adopted the name Spang-a-Lang. His friend Chester Thompson invited him to audition for Santana, and overnight he went from playing small clubs to huge amphitheaters. He comes to the Freight fresh off a stint with Santana at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.
    Blues guitarist extraordinaire Chris Cain grew up in San Jose, studied music at San Jose City College, and over the next twenty years learned his way around clarinet, piano, bass guitar, and alto and tenor saxophone, not to mention developing fierce vocal chops. He’s played with such greats as Albert King and Albert Collins, Johnny Otis and Junior Wells, Boz Scaggs and Willie Nelson, and recorded ten solo albums, including his latest, So Many Miles, which the Chicago Blues Guide calls “a delicious blend of blues laced with jazz and rock.”
    The shimmering voice of Oakland’s Linda Tillery has powered many of the Bay Area’s most popular bands over the past four decades. A central figure in the emerging women’s music movement in the 1970s and 80s, Linda was also a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s vocal ensemble Voicestra. She currently leads the Cultural Heritage Choir, performing African American roots music.
    Bassist DeWayne Pate graduated from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, moved north, and has since worked with an array of top Bay Area talents including Huey Lewis and the News, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, and Robben Ford. He’s also a columnist for Bassics Magazine, and his instructional video, The Art of Tapping, his been widely popular. Reviewer Andrew Gilbert called his album Melting Pot “an impressive array of grooves.”
    Deszon Claiborne is the dynamic drummer for Clockwork and the Tammy Hall Trio.

    This concert generously sponsored by Crickett Jones


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • Mads Tolling - Saturday,  January 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Mads Tolling - Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    World Music

    Mads Tolling, John Santos and Dan Zemelman

    Three of the Bay Area’s finest jazz musicians – violinist Mads Tolling, percussionist John Santos, and pianist Dan Zemelman – join forces to play music from all over the world. At the forefront of the trio are the rhythms and melodies of Afro-Cuba and Puerto Rica. John Santos strong background in Latin music shines through along with the folk traditions of Scandinavia, where violinist Mads Tolling is from. The group even has creative arrangements of classical music along with a few from the Great American Song Book.
    Mads has won two Grammy awards as part of the pioneering string group Turtle Island Quartet and toured for many years with acclaimed bassist Stanley Clarke. As leader of the Mads Tolling Quartet, he released The Playmaker in 2009, featuring Stanley Clarke, Russell Ferrante, and Stefon Harris, and Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s in 2012.
    John is a five-time Grammy nominee and one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in the field of Afro-Latin music. He has worked with a long line of acknowledged masters including Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Omar Sosa, and McCoy Tyner, and currently directs the John Santos Sextet. Recently John was one of the resident artistic directors for SF Jazz hosting a series of concerts.
    Dan is a jazz innovator who studied at the University of Wisconsin, toured India and Sri Lanka as a Jazz Ambassador, contributed to Face to Face, the final album of blues legend John Lee Hooker, and toured with John Lee’s daughter Zakiya Hooker.

  • Patrick Ball - Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Patrick Ball - Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    “The Door Between the Worlds”

    Featuring Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter


    "The Door Between the Worlds" is a dramatic journey in music and story into the realms of the Celtic “Otherworld.” The Celtic people have always believed that there are two worlds. There is the world that we live in. And there is “The Otherworld.” This Land of Faery is filled with wonder and delight but also darkness and peril. The acclaimed ensemble, Legends of the Celtic Harp, opens the door into this mystical world with music played on Celtic harps, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, cittern, and Swedish nyckelharpa and tells the tales of that legendary land...from which no one returns unchanged.

    www.patrickball.com

  • Muriel Anderson - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Muriel Anderson - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Guitar

    One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her new CD "Nightlight Daylight" has already won 10 national awards. Her gentle sense of humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. Muriel's unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity.

    Muriel Anderson has been touring recently through the United Kingdom, Ireland and Wales to support her latest release, the award-winning Nightlight/Daylight double CD, featuring guest artists Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Danny & Beth Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Earl Klugh, Tommy Emmanuel and Tierra Negra, as well as three string orchestras.

    murielanderson.com

  • Morning & Jim Nichols - Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Morning & Jim Nichols - Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm

  • Talk of Da Town - Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Talk of Da Town - Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    A Cappella
    Doo-wop, pop, rhythm & blues


    Award-winning Talk of Da Town has shared stages with some of the greatest artists of the day, from Ray Charles, James Brown, Joan Baez, the Temptations, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire to Patti LaBelle, Carmen McRae, Rod Stewart, Take 6, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sarah Vaughan and more. Presented in concert halls, fairs and festivals across America and Europe, they also stole the hearts of 45 million viewers worldwide on NBC's groundbreaking vocal extravaganza, The Sing-Off, for four straight weeks during summer of 2010, at that time the highest rated program in NBC’s history. Singing the best of doo-wop, pop, rhythm and blues, gospel, swing and rock, Talk of Da Town is classic a cappella harmony at its best.

  • Black Brothers - Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Black Brothers - Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Celtic

    The Black Brothers Band

    Shay and Michael Black are part of a musical family and have been performers all their lives. They currently tour the U.S. regularly with The Black Brothers Band. Piano player Eamonn Flynn, fiddler Bobbi Nikles and cellist Myra Joy are accomplished solo musicians in their own right, adding fire to the band mix.

    The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The lively performances include up-tempo reels and jigs, along with mighty fine dancing and other surprises, which bring added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.

  • Pamela Rose - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Pamela Rose - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    With Hammond Organ Party!

    Wayne De La Cruz on Hammond B-3, Jeff Massanari on guitar, Kent Bryson, on drums.

    Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who has thrilled audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Her rich, bold, warm voice and easy rapport with excellent musicians moves jazz and blues audiences of all ages.

    Pamela is a complete musician, writing and developing songs which are personal to her, with a strong love for improvisation and spontaneity that comes with performing live. She has a crazy adoration for the soulful sounds of Hammond B-3 organ, and has teamed up with Hammond B-3 Organ wizard Wayne De La Cruz to create an album that jazz and blues enthusiasts are already calling a classic. She brings her "Wild Organ Party" to our Concert Hall for a great evening of music and entertainment.


    "Rose's combination of technical virtuosity and emotional range earn her widespread praise..."
    Paul Freeman, Contra Costa Times

    http://www.pamelarose.com