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Steve Heckman CD Release
August 13, 2013
Tuesday, August 13
Steve Heckman - saxophone
Howard Alden - guitar
Matt Clark - piano
Marcus Shelby - bass
Akira Tana - drums
Multi-reedman Steve Heckman has played with such notables as trumpeters Eddie Henderson, Howard McGhee, Chet Baker, and Tom Harrell; trombonist Roswell Rudd; pianists Andrew Hill, Benny Green, Jessica Williams, Jim McNeely, George Cables and Larry Vuckovich; guitarists John Abercrombie, Cal Collins, Mimi Fox, and Bruce Foreman; drummers Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Moore, Donald Bailey and Pete Escovedo; saxophonists Andrew Speight and Noel Jewkes; and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, Buddy Connor, and Frankye Kelly. His work has been praised by saxophonists as diverse as Stan Getz, Charles Lloyd, and Pharoah Sanders. His 2 previous CD’s as a leader (“With John in Mind” and “Live at Yoshi’s”) received international praise, the latter being chosen by Andrew Gilbert of the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 10 best albums by a Bay Area jazz musician for 2005. Tim Price (Saxophone Journal), a highly-respected saxophonist himself, has written “This is a kick-ass saxophonist with finesse… Heckman's sound on tenor is world-class.” Other comments: "Virtuosic command of his horns” (Jazz Times); "Some of the best music … anywhere (Jazz Now)." Steve has been featured on 11 other CDs (San Francisco Chamberjazz Quartet with Gini Wilson and Jackie Ryan; Dick Conte; Chuck Metcalf; Heikki Koskinen; Frankye Kellye; Fran Foston; Jesse Foster; and Martha Blackard). Steve’s current CD, “Born to Be Blue” (Jazzed Media) just hit #19 of the top 50 jazz CDs for airplay) on the Jazz Week charts.
Guitar virtuoso Howard Alden has performed and recorded with Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Bud Freeman, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vache, Kenny Davern, George Van Eps, Joe Pass, Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski. He can be heard on at least 27 of his own albums as well as on the soundtrack to the Woody Allen movie "Sweet and Lowdown", starring Sean Penn. In 2004, Howard was guitarist/musical director of the of the Newport Jazz Festival 50th anniversary tour of 50 cities in the U.S. He was voted "Best Emerging Talent-Guitar" in the first annual Jazz Times critics' poll in 1990, and "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in the 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 Downbeat critics’ poll.
Akira Tana has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats such as Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, and The Manhattan Transfer, just to name a few. He appears on over 100 recordings. Akira co-led a quintet for 10 years with the bassist Rufus Reid, called Tana-Reid, which produced 6 CDs.
Marcus Shelby was the leader of the Black Note Quintet, and currently leads the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra and Trio. Marcus has won numerous awards, including: Charles Mingus Scholarship to CA Institute for the Arts; John Coltrane Young Artists Competition, with Black Note; ASCAP Popular Award for Songwriters/Composers; CA Music Award Nomination for Best Jazz Artist; Bay Guardian Award for Best Jazz Band; S.F. Weekly Wammie Award for Best Jazz Musician; and SF Weekly Master-Minds Award. His discography includes 10 albums.
Pianist Matt Clark has performed with saxophonists Teddy Edwards, Frank Morgan and Mark Turner; vibrophonists Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris; trumpeter John Faddis; and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, and Denise Perrier, among others. He was a founding member of the Marcus Shelby Trio, a mainstay in the San Francisco jazz scene. Matt performs regularly with Bay Area stalwarts vocalist Paula West, saxophonist Andrew Speight, and many others.