Jazz quartet will perform at festival
When describing one musical interpretation of a fellow composer’s work, the Duchess smiled slyly and said, “We muddled it, corrupted it, and took it out for drinks.”
The San Francisco ChamberJazz Quartet, with Gini Wilson, the “Duchess of Jazz,” will bring their exciting jazz to Grass Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, during Music in the Mountains Fall Fest. Fall Fest runs Nov. 3 to 12. All concerts are held inside the Amaral Family Festival Center at the Nevada County fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Admission is $16 to $24 for adults and $5 for youth 17 years and under. For tickets and information call (530) 265-6124 or (800) 218-2188. Order tickets online at http://www.musicinthemountains.org or drop by the box office at 530 Searls Ave., Nevada City, Monday through Friday between noon and 4 p.m.
Music in the Mountains is a nonprofit performing arts organization serving Western Nevada County with year-around live performances of fine music and a wide array of educational programs for both youth and adults.
ChamberJazz is a wonderfully unique and exciting merging of two worlds; jazz and classical music. Within this musical hybrid further “cross pollination” occurs as the individual performers improvise and multi-cultural beats and harmonies are added to influence the classical foundation. And who better to lead us into this “new world” of ChamberJazz than a quartet of critically acclaimed jazz and traditional musicians.
This is the Quartet’s first appearance with Music in the Mountains. They were co-founded in 2002 by Gini Wilson, pianist, and Steve Heckman on reeds, Pat Klobas, bass and Ron Marabuto, drums. Wilson, a Bay Area pianist and composer, puts her own spin on ChamberJazz. Her quartet performs an eclectic repertoire of pieces that delight no matter which side of the jazz/classical dichotomy you occupy. Emotion-drenched chord progressions and floating harmonies convey deeply personal musical statements. Her precise execution sounds nothing short of regal. Music this tasteful and accomplished cannot be bound by genres.
As both a performer and composer, Wilson has garnered acclaim and recognition for her talents throughout the musical world. Grover Sales, jazz critic, said of Wilson, “With her effortless technique and thorough knowledge of the classic piano literature of both Europe and America, Gini Wilson joins the noble tradition of George Shearing, Lenny Tristano and Bill Evans in merging the best of ‘classical’ music with the best of jazz.”
In fact, each member of this quartet had performed and collaborated with “the greats” of the musical world prior to joining talents in the San Francisco ChamberJazz Quartet.