The Bay Area’s historic 7 Mile House is producing their first annual “7 Mile House Jazz Fest,” on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 12pm-11:30pm. The event will be held indoors, and is FREE ADMISSION. The festival features 11 bands, an impressive array of the Bay Area’s top Jazz musicians and ensembles. It will also mark the first annual ‘7 Mile House Jazz Awards’ for Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Presenters, Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Promoters, and Outstanding Bay Area Jazz Artists; and hosted by KCSM Jazz 91 DJ, Alisa Clancy.
Along with the Jazz festival, a “Jazz Wall of Fame” will be unveiled, featuring a permanent display of local musicians playing at 7 Mile House; photographed and curated by Jessica Levant. As a committed Jazz aficionado, Jessica Levant started photographing musicians at The 7 Mile House that morphed into the two volumes of ‘Bay Area Jazz and Blusicians’. The books were published in 2013 and 2014 and launched at the restaurant. Many of the photos will be featured on the restaurant's wall and website.
The festival is sponsored by KCSM Jazz Radio, The California Jazz Conservatory, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Gelb Music. Featured artists are listed below:
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Soul Sauce: Curt Moore (drums), Murray Low (keyboards), Jon Eriksen (vibes), Rich Girard (bass), Tim Gutierrez (percussion) – Introduction by Alisa Clancy
1:10 pm – 2:00 pm: The 7 Mile House All-Stars - Dave Bendigkeit (trumpet), Anton Schwartz (sax), Don Alberts (piano), Frank Tusa (bass), Wally Schnalle (drums) – Introduction by Alisa Clancy
2:20 pm – 2:50 pm: California Jazz Conservatory Student and Alumni Band: Susana Pineda & the New Quartet- Susana Pineda (vocals), Shimpei Ogawa (bass), Morgan Maudiere (piano), and Zach Mondlick (drums) – Introduction by Alisa Clancy
3:00 pm to 3:25 pm: Stanford Jazz Workshop Miles Ahead Combo: Grant Grech, guitar and leader, Donovan Warren, trombone, Keshav Balaji, piano, Ben Redlawsk, bass – Introduction by Alisa Clancy
3:45 pm – 4:35 pm: Ratatet - Alan Hall (drums), Sheldon Brown (woodwinds), John Gove (trombone), Dillon Vado (vibes, percussion), Greg Sankovich (keyboards), Jeff Denson (basses and vocals) – Introduction by Jayn Pettingill
4:55 pm – 5:45 pm: Kristen Strom (sax), Peter Barshay (bass), Scott Sorkin (guitar), Jason Lewis (drums) – Introduction by Jayn Pettingill
6:05 pm – 6:55 pm: Al Molina (trumpet), Tod Dickow (sax), Al Bent (trombone), Larry Chinn (piano), Peter Barshay (bass), Vince Lateano (drums) – Introduction by Jayn Pettingill
7:15 pm – 8:05 pm: Tod Dickow and Charged Particles – Tod Dickow (sax), Murray Low (keyboards), Aaron German (bass), Jon Krosnick (drums) – Introduction by Leslie Stovall
8:25 pm – 9:15 pm: Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Brian Andres (drums), Christian Tumalan (piano), Aaron Germain (bass), Javier Cabanillas (congas), Steffen Kuehn (trumpet). – Introduction by Leslie Stovall
9:45 pm – 10:25 pm: Glen Pearson (piano), Calvin Keys (guitar), Fred Randolph (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums)
10:45 pm – 11:25 pm: The Ray Obiedo Group - Ray Obiedo (guitar), Peter Horvath (piano), Jeff Cressman (trombone), Dave Belove (bass), Colin Douglas (drums)