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Saturday, May 9, 2015
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12:00am [12:00am] KURT RIBAK (cont.)
"Soulful, funky and accessible original jazz"

“Music for the jazz impurist” is how v
eteran Berkeley, California bassist, bandleader, and composer Kurt Ribak describes his work. His music is danceable yet also excites jazz fans.

Kurt Ribak - bass/ vocals
Greg Sankovitch - keys
Lincoln Adler - sax
Ross Wilson - trumpet/ trombone/ flugelhorn
Michaelle Goerlitz - percussion
Alan Hall - drums

New CD available!
Run up to Yoshi’s show May 26

Grooves range from swing, reggae, and bossa nova to bolero, boogaloo, greasy funk, and South African-spiced soca. Ribak’s compositions reflect the influence of Charles Mingus, Cannonball Adderley, and Abdullah Ibrahim.

The sound we go for is this: Charles Mingus meets the Meters.  They play at Duke Ellington's house, and Thelonious Monk and Cachao sit in once in a while.

"...Kurt’s ability to take you on a journey from the deepest waters of the Caribbean to the funky alleys of the urban jungle in one listening makes him a truly gifted original in my book." - Chris Cortez, KCSM FM

Doors open 7:30

11:00pm [11:00pm] 9TH WARD MILLIONAIRES
"New Orleans R&B, Dixieland, Jazz and Zydeco."

Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs - sax
Charlie Hickox - piano
Steve Evans - bass
Larry Vann - drums

After being forced to leave his home in New Orleansdue to Hurricane Katrina, where he was highly in demand as a sideman and bandleader for over 25 years,, Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs arrived in the Bay Area in 2005 , .He studied music at Berklee, as well as privately with Tony Dagradi and John Handy. He has recorded with the Neville Bros, Jr. Brown, Marva Wright, Kinky Friedman and performed live with The Band, The Temptations, the Dells, Martha Reeves and Gatemouth Brown.Since arriving in the Bay Area, Snakebite has played with Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines, Country Joe McDonald , Dan Hicks, The Christmas Jug Band, among others.

After arriving in the Bay Area in the early 70's Charlie Hickox played the Farfisa with Crazy Mike and the Bad All-Stars at the legendary Minnie's Can-Do Club on Fillmore and Bush St. in S.F.. He moved on to play with the street Gospel group, Gideon and Power.
Gideon recorded on Bell Records, releasing an album, Live at Keystone Korner. He also toured with the Supremes.  In the later 70's Charlie joined Marty Balin(Jefferson Airplane founder and lead singer) in Bodacious, a raucous experiment of Marty's, recording an album, Bodacious D.F., on RCA records. Marty also sang Charlie's 'Second-Hand Information' on the Bodacious album. Marty later recorded Charlie's song Cruising, with the Jefferson Starship. Most recently, Hickox was a member of The California Honeydrops.

Steve Evans has backed numerous icons of R&B including Etta James, Bo Diddley, Mary Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Mama Thornton, Tracy Nelson, Lee Dorsey. Pee Wee Ellis, The Drifters, and rock artists Bob Weir & Kingfish, Brian Auger, Joan Baez, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Maria Muldaur, Swiss pop star Phil Carmen (featuring Dire straits drummer Pick Withers) and more.  In the last decade and a half, Steve has recorded and/or toured nationally and internationally with numerous guitar greats including slide guitar virtuoso Roy Rogers, Pat Travers, Harvey Mandel, Coco Montoya and more.

Larry Vann has toured and recorded with The Whispers, Martha Reeves, The Marvelettes, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint Marie, Randy Crawford, Charlie Musselwhite, Brian Auger and many more.  His work with Ron Thompson & The Resistors contributed to the band earning two Bammy awards. Vann's honors include The Blues Society's West Coast Hall of Fame "Blues Drummer of the Year" and The Jazz Institute's "Man of the Year".
Doors open 7:30