"Celebrating Women Musicians"
A Concert Series at Musically Minded Academy
Inspiring Musical Excellence Through Positive Role Models
Progressive Latin Jazz
World premier of several of several new works!
Join us for the first concert on a series! A dynamic blend of detailed orchestrated compositions and spontaneous improvisation. The compositions and arrangements are written by Chris Lopes and Nina Ott, who co-lead the group and have been playing and writing together for many years. The musical contributions of Alan Hall and Eric Crystal are an integral part of this project.
NO4 is comprised of:
Nina Ott on piano and organ
Alan Hall on drums,
Eric Crystal on sax,
Chris Lopes on bass and
The quartet plans to record this fall.
Learn more about Nina: www.ninaott.com
Learn more about Chris: www.chrislopesmusic.com
Learn more about Alan: www.jazzdrumming.com
Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with the following:
Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Bob Sheppard, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Rebecca Parris, Kenny Washington, Betty Buckley, John Handy, Joyce Cooling, Victor Mendoza, Cirque du Soleil and many others.
He has performed at: WAMU Theatre @ Madison Square Garden w/ Cirque du Soleil; The Monterey Jazz Festival with Billy Childs and Bob Sheppard; Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco; Vancouver International Jazz Festival with Mike Zilber; Barbados International Jazz Festival with Wild Mango; JVC Jazz Festival with Rebecca Parris; BumberShoot Festival with Kai Eckhardt and Kit Walker; and Yoshi’s San Francisco with Kenny Werner and Betty Buckley. He taught at Berklee College of Music from 1986 to 1993 and has adjudicated and given classes, clinics and workshops at festivals, colleges and music stores throughout North America including: Berklee’s Summer Camp in Los Angeles, CA; Jazzcamp WEST in La Honda, CA; Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Camp in Lafayette, CA; Stanford Summer Jazz in Palo Alto, CA.; Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire; and Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA. He currently teaches at Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA; The Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley, CA; Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, CA.; UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA and several high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alan is an endorser for: Zildjian Cymbals, Aquarian Accessories and Vic Firth Sticks.
Eric Crystal, Saxophonist
Saxophonist and composer Eric Crystal has been a stalwart of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for over two decades. An immensely innovative, versatile and melodic improviser, Crystal was recently named one of the top 10 Rising Star Soprano Saxophone players in the renowned Downbeat Annual Critics Poll. Highly in demand as both a live and studio musician, Crystal has been featured on over 20 recordings and at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Most recently, the saxophonist has been touring with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. Crystal is featured on two of Scagg’s more recent records, both collections of jazz standards: Speak Low, and But Beautiful - Standards Volume 1 which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. As a leader, Crystal has also created his own critically-acclaimed projects. After co-founding the improvising collective FRAME, whose CD came out in 1996, he released his first solo album, Dark Matter,on Red Giant Records in 1998. He has also worked with award-winning vocalist "Kitty Margolis, Latin Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, drummer composer Scott Amendola, and master drummer E.W. Wainwright. For over 10 years, Crystal was a musician and musical director for the Obie and Tony Award - "winning San Francisco Mime Troupe". He attended Berklee College of Music.
Saturday, April 6th, 5 pm: Daria Jazz, vocals with Jonathan Alford, piano; Sam Bevan, Bass; Jean Michel Huré; guitar; Michaelle Goerlitz, Percussion TBA. Strawberry Fields Forever: A fusion of Jazz, Brazilian, Blues and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Songs by the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Djavan, Jobim and other tunes from the 60's/70's plus originals.
May 19th, 2013: Soprano Maria Mikheyenko & Mezzo-Soprano Crystal Philippi. Pianist TBA. An eclectic evening of Classical Opera favorites with arias and duets by composers such as Mozart & Puccini, Cabaret and Broadway hits by Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and others, Russian Romances by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, as well as premieres of brand new compositions by bay area composers. A delightful potpourri that's sure to have something for everyone!
Have questions about Nina Ott and NO4? Contact Musically Minded Academy
When & Where
Musically Minded Academy
Phone: 510 601 5700
Phone: 510 601 5700
Nina Ott and NO4