Come to Local Edition 8/17 from 8-11pm to celebrate Azure's Birthday with drinks and live music. Deeply rooted in the Jazz and Blues tradition, Azure is an amazing human being that uses music as a vehicle for healing while utilizing her vocal talents to bring people together. Constantly living in the moment Azure uses music to shine wisdom, love and truth to those who are lost and need it most. Even in the face of the greatest adversity/hate love will always be the most powerful and Azure shares this message through her singing. Thank you to Local Edition, Jazz In the Neighborhood, sound engineer Lee Brenkman, my wife Jadma for making the promotional artwork and the Independent Musicians Alliance for helping make this event possible.
The performance is for members of the Battery and by private invite. Learn more about the Battery, its activities, societies, and membership at www.thebatterysf.com
Excited to play with my trio featuring Matt Clark and Bryan Bowman at the new Dawn Club in SF 7/26 from 8-12pm.
For the past year this group has been meeting about once or twice a month for day time sessions/recording and in that time we have built a nice repertoire of tunes written by great composers such as Duke Pearson, Ray Brown, Henry Mancini and Phineas Newborn.
Come celebrate our drummer Bryan’s birthday who we are very thankful to have still with us after a very scary near brush with death two years ago. Come celebrate life, love and music at the new reopening of this amazing historic venue.
Photo taken after the gig taken by Darren Johnston who is back in the Bay Area and sat in with us on trumpet and sounded great.
Prosthetics for Ukrainians Benefit!
Saturday April 22nd
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fine Wines/Gourmet Street Food
Ollie Dudek Bay Area Connection Live!
Treasure Island Wines
995 Ninth Street
San Francisco CA 94130
Join us as we honor the Ukrainian soldier and civilian amputees here in the Bay Area getting fitted for prosthetics - and the organization that makes it happen. The benefit is for Prosthetics for Ukrainians, a nonprofit Protez Foundation initiative, that is playing a role both crucial and timely.
War always has its collateral damage, its widows and orphans. In Ukraine the damage is more intentional than collateral, cities of rubble with blown up infrastructure and people with blown off limbs. A new breed of prosthetic makers has sprung up to patch arms and legs back on soldiers and civilians. The amputees fly halfway around the world to medical facilities where they find strangers who greet them as family. They get state-of-the-art prosthetics and rehabilitation therapy from the Protez Foundation.
The ones these doctors, nurses, and craftsmen call “heroes” are renewed, and go back to their lives with dignity. Each case is a life-changing miracle for them, and more miracles are limited only by the resources available.
Injured Ukrainian soldiers Daniel Sivakov, at left, Vladyslav Samoilyk, Andrii Bezuhyli and Denys Skotnikov gather at an outdoor restaurant in Minneapolis (Credit: Jerry Holt/Star Tribune)Umbriaso and Treasure Island Wines are hosting a fundraising event to expand those resources and multiply those miracles. We invite you to come out for a special event at our winery on Treasure Island: an afternoon of music, food, and wine and a chance to meet some of these renewed heroes and the amazing miracle workers of Prosthetics for Ukrainians who make it happen.
Joe Lopez, left, a physical therapy student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, helps Daniel Sivakov, 21, of Mariupol, Ukraine (Credit: Jerry Holt/Star Tribune)
A substantial portion of the admission will be donated to Prosthetics for Ukrainians by Umbriaso and Treasure Island Wines.Price of admission includes:
You can also donate directly to the Protez Foundation.
See you soon!
Dennis for Umbriaso
Listen to Jazz every Thursday at Local Edition from 8-11pm
691 Market St. (Market and 3rd) San Francisco (near Montgomery Bart Station)
In late November/early December I Recently had the opportunity to play at the new Jazz club in San Francisco called Keys on Broadway and this was with the Great Noel Jewkes quartet featuring Grant Levin, myself, and David Rokeach. The room sounds absolutely amazing and it was a supreme pleasure to play many of Noel's original compositions which are quite unique and beautiful. Congratulations to Simon Rowe for opening up such a wonderful sounding space to hear Jazz.
I will be playing there again with Noel for a string of nights starting in February (2/1/23-2/4/23) except I will be at Bird and Becket for that last Saturday 2/4 with John Calloway's group. Hope you can make it out to some of these shows.
Keys on Broadway Jazz Bistro
Bird and Beckett
Also you can catch me playing with Noel Jewkes Quintet at the Sound room on Friday 1/20/23.
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We used to call him "Cannonball Dundy" behind his back because he sounded a lot like an Australian version of Cannonball Adderley but the truth was that Andrew had his own sound which was amazing and left a lasting impact on the Bay Area and global Jazz community. As a former student and friend I can remember countless ways Andrew's wisdom helped me in my development and understanding of the technical demands of Jazz also known as Black American Music. I remember how on the bandstand he would play 30 choruses on a blues and never run out of ideas always playing music that was fresh and original. True genius! I always knew that I had to bring my "A game" when playing with Andrew. He taught me how to play in a big band, the role of the acoustic bass as a reference for dynamics within a jazz ensemble and also much of the history of jazz. After attending the celebration of life event at Broadway Grill in Burlingame it was amazing to see how many different lives Andrew had influenced. He raised the standard for musicianship within in the Bay Area music scene and I am so glad I had the opportunity to know and play music with him. I only wish he could have stayed with us longer. I offer my heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends. RIP Andrew Speight.
Check out what people are saying about Flight of Life.
"Swinging with authority, the Scenic Route Trio makes an impressive debut with a program of original tunes by bassist Ollie Dudek. Conceived and recorded during the pandemic, this is joyful music that breaks through the doldrums and sets your mind free."
Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News
"A hard swinging bass player led piano trio that is storming out of SF giving you the feel of what it must have been like back there back in the day when things were jumping and the world was new. They don’t play it like old timers but they know the feel and vibe. Delightful stuff that often feels too good to be true, this is the stuff!"
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher, Midwest Record
"the Scenic Route Trio provides classic sounding bop, post bop and bebop with joy and ferver"
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
"Dudek’s track entitled “Pandemia” gets off to a joyous start that is the perfect antidote for “pandemic blues.”
STEPHEN SMOLIAR, The Rehearsal Studio
"Oh! My goodness! This track needs a fire extinguisher! The solos are aggressive, forceful, dynamic and on fire."
Dr. Margie Baker (referring to the track title "Lover's Quarrel")
"I’m quick to recognize that Dudek is a stellar composer and this debut recording by The Scenic Route Trio continues to mesmerize with a tune called, “Flight of Kawan.” Kawan means hawk in a native Brazilian language called Tupi and this tune is dedicated to Ollie’s son, also named Kawan. It flies along at a moderate swing pace and I can picture a hawk spreading wide wings and soaring through the San Francisco sky. Dudek is based in the San Francisco Bay area of Northern California. Javier Santiago takes a journey up and down the 88-keys of the grand piano, adding a touch of the blues and showing off his super talents. All the while, Genius Wesley locks the rhythm tightly in place on trap drums. This trio is both dynamic and entertaining."
Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs Blog
Fog City Sessions was recorded at Noah Frank Studios in San Francisco.
The Jazz Odyssey Ensemble
San Francisco Native