Alma Matters feat. Peter Apfelbaum – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – November 20th, 2018

Alma Matters feat. Peter Apfelbaum

Black Friday Sale - 11-piece all-star collective

Alma Matters feat. Peter Apfelbaum

Tue 11.20

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA


Alma Matters
Alma Matters
On Tuesday, November 20, 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 Natalie Cressman and Peter Apfelbaum in addition to performing songs from their debut release, the eponymous Alma Matters. The show will 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 legendary bay area percussionist John Santos.

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."


Peter Apfelbaum - saxophone, keyboards, musical director
Jeff Weinmann - drums, flute,vocals, co-director
Sandy Cressman - vocals
Jeff Cressman - trombone
Adam Theis - trombone
Erik Jekabson - trumpet
John Schott - guitar
Colin Hogan - keyboards
Steve Hogan - bass
Josh Jones - drums

with special guests
John Santos - percussion
Tony Lindsay - vocals
Terrance Kelly - vocals
Chris Burger - vocals/rap

About Alma Matters' Debut Release:


A unique and ambitious recording project conceived and organized by Oakland-based vocalist/flutist/drummer/producer Jeff Weinmann, Alma Matters reflects the vibrant cultural diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, and features some of the region's artists who have become leading voices in contemporary music. It's a collection of songs "with a message" interspersed with grooving, African- and Latin-infused instrumentals whose horn-laden melodies call out and unfold over a thick layer of drums and percussion. Co-produced by SF-based trombonist/recording engineer Jeff Cressman and Berkeley-born, now NY-based multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, the recording draws heavily from the Bay Area's jazz scene - indeed, many of the participants came through the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and/or Apfelbaum's world music big band, the Hieroglyphics Ensemble - but also draws from the local Gospel and Latin scenes as well. The multifaceted album includes re-imagined, Afro-Latin percussion-heavy covers of the spirituals "Wade In The Water" (done with a brass band and featuring Gospel singers Terrence Kelly and Destani Wolf) and "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (featuring Sandy Cressman's vocals and Apfelbaum's tenor sax over intermittent horn chorales and Josh Jones' congas) as well as Paul Simon's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" done as a vocal quartet with Apfelbaum on piano, and a reggae version of the 70's soul hit "Get Involved" featuring vocalist Tony Lindsay (Jeff Cressman's bandmate in the Santana band for years). The album also includes cinematically orchestrated originals by Apfelbaum, Sandy and Natalie Cressman (whose "You'll Never Follow" features fellow rising star Elena Pinderhughes on vocals) and trumpeter Erik Jekabson, and includes an churning, suite-like meditation on recycling, "Use It All", by Apfelbaum's latest band, Sparkler.
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607