Crescent Boulevard Press Release
Erik Jekabson CD Release Sept. 10th 2010 at The Jazzschool
Berkeley native and local trumpeter/composer/educator Erik Jekabson, a graduate of the SF Conservatory of Music in 2006 with a Master’s degree in composition, released a new CD “Crescent Boulevard” on his own Jekab’s Music label. The CD features original music (except for one cover), played by Erik and his regular quartet of Mike Abraham on guitar, John Wiitala on bass and Smith Dobson on drums. He is joined on several other tracks by special guests Dayna Stephens on tenor sax, Dan Zemelman on piano, Tommy Kesecker on vibes and John Santos on percussion. Erik will perform with his group at the Red Poppy Art House on Oct. 1st at the Piedmont Piano Company on Oct. 22nd, and at Cal State East Bay, where he is instructor of jazz trumpet, on Nov. 2nd.
The Bay Area Composer's Big Band with special guests Elena Pinderhughes adn Zoe Pressley played the Whale and Jazz Festival up in lovely Gualala, CA. There was a great crowd and the show went very well. To hear the concert, visit the Bay Area Composer's Big Band website here: Bay Area Composer's Big Band at Gualala
My quartet played at the Red Poppy Art House and Baytaper was on hand to capture the moment. Check out his video of an excerpt of "The Silver Fox" here: Erik Jekabson Quartet playing "The Silver Fox"
I participated in the Switchboard Music Festival last March and they've put a video up on youtube of one of my pieces, for solo trumpet with sampler. To listen to this piece, please visit the link below, and try to check out the upcoming Switchboard Music Festival, held in SF at the end of March, it's a great place to hear new music.
I've been fortunate enough to begin teaching at many different schools here in the Bay Area; Berkeley City College, Los Medanos Junior College, Chabot College, Cal State East Bay, Diablo Valley College, The Jazzschool, and the Waldorf School of San Francisco. Perhaps because of all this teaching, I've been inspired to come up with a duet book, featuring 32 jazz duets written for trumpet. This book was conceived of as a teaching tool, to get students of all levels to get a good feeling of jazz and reading jazz rhythms. The duets progress from easy to difficult, and include a CD with both trumpet parts recorded in different channels so that you can study each individual part and play along if you like. I'll be selling the book of off this website, where you can also find examples of the music in audio clips and pdfs on the store page.
I got the opportunity to perform a concert at the DeYoung Museum with a new group, "Erik Jekabson's West Coast Quartet and Strings" thanks to the DeYoung Museum and the Intersection for the Arts. They put together a jazz series and commissioned new compositions for a number of Bay
Area jazz musicians, all based on art in the museum. I composed a piece inspired by Cornelia Parker's installation "Anti-Mass" and wrote a piece for jazz quartet (Dayna Stephens, tenor sax; Michael Zisman, bass; Vince Lateano, drums) augmented by violin and viola (Alisa Rose and Charith Premawardhana)
I had the opportunity to travel back to New Orleans for the first time since 2004 (pre-Katrina) and play music with the my old friends Todd Duke, Jason Stewart and Andrew Adair. We played a night at Dos Jefes Cigar Bar, and then along with drummer extraordinaire Troy Davis, we played a night at Snug Harbor, the best jazz club in the city and our old stomping ground.
I'll be teaching at Berkeley's Jazzschool this summer, teaching courses in Jazz Theory and coaching three ensembles, as well as coaching a weeklong session of a high school allstar combo. Check the Jazzschool catalogue for details!
The Erik Jekabson Quintet performed at Bruno's on Dec. 19th, opening up for the Brass Mafia. Baytaper was there and recorded the entire show, which is available for listening and downloading at this site: baytaper.com