Dan Zemelman/Erik Jekabson Duo

Dan Zemelman and Erik Jekabson perform duo at the fabulous Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts in north Berkeley!

Erik and Dan have been performing together for over 10 years in Erik's bands, in Dan's bands, in other people's bands. Only once before have they performed as a duo (at the Pacifica Performances Concert Series).  So it is with great pleasure that we present this concert...

Please join us for this at one of THE best small concert halls in the country - The Maybeck Hall - where so so many wonderful "Live at The Maybeck" concerts were recorded on Concord Records - right here in our backyard!

Erik and Dan speak the same language.  And they both have a special way of playing jazz, weaving through melodies and improvisation in very masterful and often fun and surprising ways. On this afternoon, they will share some of their favorite songs as well as some of their own recent compositions.

Come join us for what will surely be a perfect space for an intimate jazz duet on a lovely Sunday afternoon!

Dan Zemelman/Erik Jekabson Duo
at the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 4:30pm
$20 suggested donation at the door

This is a VERY limited seating event. If you are interested in attending, get your required online reservation here.

Dan Zemelman is a leader and innovator of jazz music in the San Francisco bay area scene.  In 1998 Dan participated in the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program and toured India and Sri Lanka courtesy of the US State Department, representing America’s jazz tradition through teaching and performances.  After moving from Chicago to the San Francisco area in 2001, Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker’s final studio album Face to Face and toured with daughter and blues artist Zakiya Hooker.  He studied at the University of Wisconsin and performed with legendary jazz bassist Richard Davis along with winning awards there as 'Best Jazz Artist'.

Recently Dan has performed with grammy-award winning violinist Mads Tolling (of Turtle Island Quartet) at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, performed with former Cirque De Soleil Music Director and vibraphonist, Christian Tamburr at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and played for a highly successful Eva Cassidy tribute concert at the well known Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD to a sold-out crowd.  Dan also plays regularly for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra for their more jazz oriented performances.

Dan's CD One Way or Another featuring Erik Jekabson (formerly of John Mayer) has received rave reviews from well-known jazz critic Andy Gilbert as well as bay area publications like the East Bay Express and the SF Weekly.

Dan is currently a highly successful band leader, having performed at the acclaimed Yoshi's Jazz Club three times as a leader as well as at festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the SF Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival and many more.  As an in-demand jazz pianist in the SF bay area, he plays regularly with top bay area jazz icons like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis as well as his own trio featuring Mike Bordelon on bass and Greg Wyser-Pratte on drums.   In 2011 Dan's group received a position as an alternate band for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2010  Rhythm Road music abroad program.   In addition, Dan has been on the faculty at several major jazz institutions in the SF area, including Jazzcamp West, The Berkeley Jazzschool and Lafayette Jazz Camp as a teacher, master class technician and accompanist.
"While Zemelman possesses a lovely touch and fertile harmonic imagination, what stands out most on One Way Or Another is the probing lyricism that undergirds his group concept.  He gives his formidable collaborators plenty of space, but the improvisation is always tightly bound to the melodic line.  The resulting music is playful, tender, celebratory and consistently engaging, a rare project that compels a second, third and fourth spin."
Andy GilbertSF/bay area jazz critic, on Dan Z's debut CD One Way or Another
"The Dan Zemelman Quartet brings some serious jazz chops, and a bandleader who really knows his way around the 88s.  Expect satisfyingly complicated bebop, tough yet silky."

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students.  Erik has three CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Anti-Mass”, released in 2012 on his own Jekab’s Music label, “Crescent Boulevard” (also on Jekab’s Music) and “Intersection”, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label.  Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has performed at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the DeYoung Museum, the SFJazz Center, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Jazzschool, the Napa Valley Jazz Society’s Parlor Series, Jazz at Pearl’s, The Sound Room, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company.  He has also appeared as a sideman at many festivals both in the United States and in Europe.  Erik maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician and often performs with local Bay Area musicians such as Mario Guarneri’s tbd, the Michael O’Neill-Kenny Washington Quintet, Larry Vuckovich, Adam Shulman, and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Youth Program at the Jazzschool.  Erik also teaches at the Jazzschool Institute and Los Medanos College, and has given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Loyola College in New Orleans. He’s a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and at the Brubeck Institute. Erik has also written two books of jazz duets for trumpet.