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29th Street Swingtet

Acoustic
Blues
Jazz
Latin Jazz
Swing

Location

San Francisco, CA
United States
37° 46' 29.748" N, 122° 25' 9.8976" W
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

Formerly known as the Broken Strings, the 29th Street Swingtet continues to spread their diverse and hard swinging sound around the Bay Area. Though, heavily influenced by the sound of French swing guitarist Django Reinhardt, 29th St. draws upon various different jazz, blues, Latin, be-bop and even classical artists to get their inspiration.

You may see the group perform in any size from duo to septet. So consider the personnel a "rotating cast".

Personnel:
Nicholas Boots (Lead Guitar)
Mark Davis (Accordion)
David Boyden (Violin)
Conrad Seto (Rhythm Guitar)
Andrew Grant (Rhythm Guitar)
Craig Jacobs (Percussion)

Rotating Bassers: Ollie Dudek, Kevin Rierson, Nick Christie, Tim Vickers, Tom Edler

Artwork by Logan Cole

About Face

Funk
Latin Jazz
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

About Face has been a mainstay on the California music scene for 2 decades. The band has gone through many incarnations and always reinvents itself with fresh original tunes, monster players and a few surprises. Bringing a latin/ funk, acid-jazz vibe with new versions of some old favorites, the group features a number of vocalists, a blazing horn section and an infectious groovy beat that beckons you to the dance floor.

Regular and occasional players:
Matt Silverman/ vocals, guitar
Trista Beauchamp/ vocals
Jarreau Cross/ vocals
Steve Bradley/ Trumpet, vocals
Les Waters/ Saxophone
Denise Martin/ drums
Uriah Duffy/ bass
Ken Cook/ keyboards
Ru Bradford/ Rap
Angeline Saris/bass

And always a few surprise guests...

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“About Face is one of those bands that defies definition. Their sound includes elements of rock, jazz , funk, reggae and a few elements not yet categorized. Their musicianship is top notch.
On stage it is obvious the band is enjoying themselves, and wants the audience to do the same. This could very well be the next band to make it from the Bay Area ”.
------Jules E. Beuck North Bay Spotlight

“Stepping aside from my tendancy towards noise fundamentals, About Face is a talented group of musicians with a great deal to offer. Focusing primarily on acid-jazz, latin jazz and funk, About Face is a breath of fresh air in a predictable mass of rock. I saw them live in San Francisco and was suprised as their live sound is even better than their demo. Performing throughout California, as well as touring nationally, About Face just needs the right ear to figure out where to place them”.
------Jeff Blue “Artist’s Review” Crossroads Magazine

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Andrea Brachfeld Latin Jazz Flute Sensation

Over the past 20 years Andrea has recorded more than a dozen CD’s with many artists including, Africando, Noel Pointer, and Timbalaye. Her breakthrough performance as the flutist for the popular Latin band Charanga ‘76, catapulted her into Salsa history and fame as the first female flutist to play this music in the United States.

Latin Jazz
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

Over the past 20 years Andrea has recorded more than a dozen CD’s with many artists including, Africando, Noel Pointer, and Timbalaye. Her breakthrough performance as the flutist for the popular Latin band Charanga ‘76, catapulted her into Salsa history and fame as the first female flutist to play this music in the United States. She is here is the Bay area for one show only and has the finest band of local Latin musicians alive today.Although Andrea has worked in the Bay area before, this is her first as a leader and as she says,"Playing with musicians of this caliber as professionals and as people is a real honor."

... Her marvelous tone and technique are astonishing. Her adventurous writing
equals and rival her playing here. She is definitely among those who deserves
recognition not only among her peers, but the public in general. Hubert Laws

"Your music is very important for my mind, my spirit, my body . . . my life . . ."
Gustavo Adolfo Bustamente Mesa Catholic University of the Orient Columbia

"An experienced veteran and hidden gem within New York’s active Latin Jazz scene, flautist Andrea Brachfeld delivers a strong set of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz....
Chip Boaz, The Latin Jazz Corner 7/24/08

"Got it, loved it, played it and I will play it again, and again and again . . . "
Saúl Zavarce, Presenter & Producer of "Fiesta Jazz" 106.7 PBS FM Melbourne , Australia

Anna Estrada

Jazz
Latin
Latin Jazz
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

Latin & Brazilian Jazz Vocalist. Her first CD received several favorable reviews and she was nominated by the Latin Jazz Corner as Best Vocalist 2008. She then followed with her second release and again in 2009 was nominated again. She is planning on going back into the studio in 2011 to work on her third project.

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Anton Schwartz

Instrumental
Jazz
Latin Jazz
Originals
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

Jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz has been drawing listeners in with the power, spirit and subtle complexity of his music since he bounded onto the San Francisco jazz scene in 1995. Anton quickly gained an enthusiastic following as music fans responded to what the San Francisco Chronicle called his "warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy." In the years since, Anton has won over listeners and critics at high-profile jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note (NYC), Blues Alley (DC) and the Monterey Jazz Festival. His appearances at Yoshi's in Oakland draw capacity crowds; one such concert was broadcast nationwide on NPR's JazzSet in 2005 and 2006. His four CDs have earned sterling reviews and strong airplay, with his most recent CD, Radiant Blue, landing Top Five on the national jazz radio charts.

"Schwartz has clearly won the respect of his peers."
-- New York Newsday

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Audrey Moira Shimkas Band

Though a jazz singer by training and temperament, Audrey takes obvious pleasure in a boundless repertory. On her exciting, recent album “devil may care” (Anna's Jazz Island), she puts her stamp on a sheaf of American and Brazilian standards, Rock/pop classics and Blues.

Dance
Funk
Jazz
Latin Jazz
Pop
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

Though a jazz singer by training and temperament, Audrey takes obvious pleasure in a boundless repertory. On her exciting, recent album “devil may care” (Anna's Jazz Island), she puts her stamp on a sheaf of American and Brazilian standards, Rock/pop classics and Blues.

Audrey Moira Shimkas Duo

Sweet, sexy sounds of vocal and either piano/keyboard or guitar performing American & Latin standards and favorite pop tunes, i.e. Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles.

Dinner Jazz
Jazz
Latin Jazz
Swing
Vocalist
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

Sweet, sexy sounds of vocal and either piano/keyboard or guitar performing American & Latin standards and favorite pop tunes, i.e. Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles.

Audrey Moira Shimkas, Vocalist

Though a jazz singer by training and temperament, Audrey takes obvious pleasure in a boundless repertory. On her exciting, recent album “devil may care” (Anna's Jazz Island), she puts her stamp on a sheaf of American and Brazilian standards, Rock/pop classics and Blues.

The song is Audrey. Anyone who has ever watched Audrey perform responds to her openness and confidence as a vocal artist. Audiences respond not only to the exquisite beauty of her voice (clear, resonant, warm, strong, blended), but to its range of emotion and authenticity in delivery as well. When you listen to Audrey interpret a song—whether she paints a ballad story or kicks an uptempo variation; laments the blues or grooves a Bossa Nova; lays down a swing standard or embraces a soul oldie —the experience is always unique and satisfying.

Audrey is a singer’s singer. She takes risks and leaves you satisfied. She surprises and thrills with notes that push a melody to new heights. She turns and coaxes a lyric until it becomes a reflection of your own experience. She shapes and colors phrasing and rhythm until the music she hears reappears like a Picasso interpretation of a familiar tune.

Long before Audrey thought about being a vocal artist, she recalls being mesmerized by June Christy in a live concert performance. That experience remained like a cameo, locked in her imagination, until music began to play a more serious part of her life. Although she grew up playing classical piano, Audrey embraced the folk-rock generation of Dylan and the Beatles. She also studied dance (ballet and jazz) and acting (ACT, Actor’s Workshop, etc.) and spent several years on stage in New York and in San Francisco.

Bay Area vocal training taught Audrey how to blend her clear, strong, voice with her higher register, thus providing her with the chops to express a full range of musical ideas—and ultimately, the freedom for jazz interpretation.

Audrey embraces many different styles, singers and songwriters, but the vocal artists that have had a lasting influence on her are Mark Murphy and Madeline Eastman.

Funk
Jazz
Latin Jazz
Pop
Vocalist
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

Though a jazz singer by training and temperament, Audrey takes obvious pleasure in a boundless repertory. On her exciting, recent album “devil may care” (Anna's Jazz Island), she puts her stamp on a sheaf of American and Brazilian standards, Rock/pop classics and Blues.

The song is Audrey. Anyone who has ever watched Audrey perform responds to her openness and confidence as a vocal artist. Audiences respond not only to the exquisite beauty of her voice (clear, resonant, warm, strong, blended), but to its range of emotion and authenticity in delivery as well. When you listen to Audrey interpret a song—whether she paints a ballad story or kicks an uptempo variation; laments the blues or grooves a Bossa Nova; lays down a swing standard or embraces a soul oldie —the experience is always unique and satisfying.

Audrey is a singer’s singer. She takes risks and leaves you satisfied. She surprises and thrills with notes that push a melody to new heights. She turns and coaxes a lyric until it becomes a reflection of your own experience. She shapes and colors phrasing and rhythm until the music she hears reappears like a Picasso interpretation of a familiar tune.

Long before Audrey thought about being a vocal artist, she recalls being mesmerized by June Christy in a live concert performance. That experience remained like a cameo, locked in her imagination, until music began to play a more serious part of her life. Although she grew up playing classical piano, Audrey embraced the folk-rock generation of Dylan and the Beatles. She also studied dance (ballet and jazz) and acting (ACT, Actor’s Workshop, etc.) and spent several years on stage in New York and in San Francisco.

Bay Area vocal training taught Audrey how to blend her clear, strong, voice with her higher register, thus providing her with the chops to express a full range of musical ideas—and ultimately, the freedom for jazz interpretation.

Audrey embraces many different styles, singers and songwriters, but the vocal artists that have had a lasting influence on her are Mark Murphy and Madeline Eastman.

Carlitos Medrano and The Vinales Project

Latin Jazz

Carlos Herrera Band

World and Latin Music. A blending of local muscians from Sonoma County, Costa Rica and Havana Cuba. Extememe high energy music with intense guitar and percussion. You can't sit still.

Cuban
Gypsy Jazz
Latin Jazz
Salsa
world
Bio and Band Members
Description: 

World and Latin Music. A blending of local muscians from Sonoma County, Costa Rica and Havana Cuba. Extememe high energy music with intense guitar and percussion. You can't sit still.