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On Tuesday, November 26, Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist/producer Jeff Weinmann brings his 11-piece all-star collective Alma Matters to Yoshi's, where many of its members - leading lights in the worlds of contemporary jazz, latin, hip-hop and R&B - have done countless memorable performances with various ensembles over the last 30 years. Having recently recorded tracks for their second album at Berkeley's legendary Fantasy Studios, the Bay Area-based band - many of whom came through the Berkeley Public Schools Jazz Program together in the 70's and 80's - will be showcasing new material by musical director/saxophonist/keyboardist Peter Apfelbaum and trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman in addition to performing songs from their debut release, the eponymous Alma Matters. The show will also feature vocalists Sandy Cressman, Tony Lindsay (of Santana fame) and Terrance Kelly (founder and director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir) as well as rapper Chris Burger (of the Bay Area jazz-meets-hip-hop group Alphabet Soup) and saxophonist Eddie M (Sheila E, Prince) in addition to AM regulars Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Jeff Cressman (trombone), John Schott (guitar), Steve Hogan (bass), Josh Jones (drums, percussion) and co-leader Weinmann (drums, flute, vocals). Also joining the group for this special occasion is Composer/Guitarist Ian Faquini who co-wrote a new song with Natalie Cressman that will be premiered.
As Dan Bilawsky writes in his review of Alma Matters's debut CD in All About Jazz, "Soul matters, educational foundations matter, inclusive music scenes matter, and this album - conceptually invested in all those beliefs - most certainly matters.”
Check out the recently-released video set to Alma Matters's version of the African-American spiritual "Wade In The Water", directed by Shaka Jamal and featuring Terrence Kelly along with Daktari Dance Medicine Collective (musical arrangement by Peter Apfelbaum)
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607