San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
FivePlay Jazz Quintet
Premiering music from their exciting new CD
“Five and More”
Dave Tidball-saxes and clarinets
FivePlay is a Bay Area-based band of long-time musical compatriots. The group plays original music that nourishes both mind and heart; melodic modern jazz to be enjoyed by everyone, from experienced jazz listeners to someone hearing jazz for the first time.
Laura Klein (piano/composer): Laura grew up in New York City, and studied music at SUNY Buffalo and at the Berklee College of Music. She has composed and recorded her own music with Triceratops, the Laura Klein/Ted Wolff duo, and FivePlay. Laura freelances, has performed with her own trios (including the great drummers Joe Hunt and Benny Barth), with many vocalists including Jenny Ferris andEd Reed, with the Rudy Salvini Big Band, John Dankworth and the San Francisco Symphony, and many others. She currently teaches the Alexander Technique at the Jazz Institute in Berkeley.
Tony Corman (guitar/composer): Tony comes from the Boston area. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in saxophone performance. He appeared and recorded with Full Faith and Credit big band, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Bay Area Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, andCelia Malheiros. He played on, and was an arranger/composer for the recordingsTriceratops,Three Tenors No Opera, and vocalist Jenny Ferris’s Day In, Day Out. He switched to playing guitar in 2002, and since then has been playing with his own trio,Crotty, Corman and Phipps, and composing and arranging for big bands.
Dave Tidball (woodwinds/composer): Born in Cardiff, Wales, Dave played and recorded in London withTurning Point. Upon moving to Boston, MA, he formed the group Minotaur, which featured his own compositions. He has played and recorded with Triceratops, Three Tenors No Opera, the great vocalistPaula West, and his own trio,Threedom. Dave teaches music in the Oakland public schools and has a busy freelance playing schedule.
Alan Hall (drums): Alan grew up in San Jose, and spent some time in Boston, playing and teaching at the Berklee College of Music. Highlights of Alan’s extensive resume include performing and recording with Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Triceratops, Rebecca Parris, and many others. He teaches at Musically Minded in Oakland, CA, the JazzSchool in Berkeley, CA, and gives clinics and workshops at festivals, colleges and music stores throughout North America.
Paul Smith (bass): Paul has been playing professionally since his teens. In 1970, he joined the acclaimed Moacir Santos group, where he met his future wife, percussionist and vocalist Sheila Smith. Paul and Sheila had a group for many years, and recorded four CD’s together. Paul has performed and recorded with Mark Levine, Willie Bobo,and Dan Hicks.
When & Where
Musically Minded Academy
Phone: 510 601 5700