Jazz in the Neighborhood

First Concert Featuring

Jackie Ryan

April 14




Jazz in the Neighborhood comes to the community of Piedmont with a series of vocalists at the Piedmont Center for the Arts at 801 Magnolia Avenue. Concerts will be Thursday evenings from 7-9pm.

Thursday, April 14, 7pm
Jackie Ryan with John R. Burr, John Wiitala, Akira Tana

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents Jackie Ryan with John R. Burr, piano, John Wiitala, bass, and Akira Tana, drums. Ryan has been called "one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time. She is the thoroughbred vocal equivalent of the Triple Crown, rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae, and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall. Ryan has won an avid following with a series of increasingly confident albums showcasing her big, lustrous voice, deft sense of swing and polyglot repertoire. The daughter of a Mexican mother and Irish-American father, she was born and raised in San Rafael and has long explored songs in Spanish, Portuguese and other languages." -- JazzTimes

[opening artist TBD]
Tickets: Advance $20. At the door $25. Students $10. Available at:




Thursday, May 5, 7pm
Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira featuring Jeff Cressman, Murray Low, David Belove, Phil Thompson

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira, in a concert showcasing the diversity of Brazil’s musical traditions. Accompanying vocalist/percussionist Sandy Cressman will be Jeff Cressman, trombone; Murray Low, piano; Phil Thompson, percussion; and David Belove, bass. Cressman is well known for her passionate and rhythmic singing of the repertoire of the great composers and performers of Brazilian Jazz, and for her two critically acclaimed CDs, Homenagem Brasileira and Brasil-Sempre no Coração. The concert will feature original arrangements of music from composers such as Dori Caymmi, João Bosco, Gilberto Gil, João Donato and others, as well as  original compositions by Cressman created in collaborations with such notable musicians as Jovino Santos Neto, SpokFrevo, Dani Gurgel, and Ian Faquini.

With the duo Opaluna: Susana Pineda, vocals, and Luis Salcedo, guitar.

Ticketts available at:




$20 advance; $25 at the door; $5 full-time students, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. Series price: $50 for three events


Co-sponsored by the Piedmont Center for the Arts