Trumpeter Erik Jekabson’s String-tet presents a different take on the music of Duke Ellington, in celebration of his 117th birthday. The ensemble play new arrangements of familiar and some not-so-familiar Ellington compositions. The combination of the String-tets’ violin, viola, trumpet, sax, bass, drums, vibes and piano should not be missed!! The Stringtet: Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Adam Shulman, piano; Mads Tolling, violin; Keith Lawrence, viola Mike Zilber, saxophones; Dillon Vado, vibes; Doug Stuart, bass; Adam Starkopf, drums.
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the most prolific composer of the twentieth century in terms of both number of compositions and variety of forms. His development was one of the most spectacular in the history of music, underscored by more than fifty years of sustained achievement as an artist and an entertainer. He is considered by many to be America’s greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist.
Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik has four CDs out under his own name: his most recent album is “Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club”, (released in 2014) which like “Anti-Mass”(2012) , and “Crescent Boulevard” (2010) are on his own Jekab’s Music record label. A fourth CD, “Intersection,” was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”. He’s recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. As an arranger and composer, he’s written for singers Madeline Eastman, Sandy Cressman, Raz Kennedy, Shanna Carlson, and for the San Francisco Symphony, the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra, the California State University East Bay Jazz Ensemble, the SF Composers Orchestra and his own Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, which plays every Sunday at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco.Erik also works with local Bay Area musicians such as Jeff Denson, Mario Guarneri’s tbd, the Michael O’Neill Quintet featuring Kenny Washington, Patrick Wolff’s Sextet, Larry Vuckovich, Adam Shulman, Smith Dobson’s Prez Kids and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Young Musician’s Program at the Jazzschool. He is on the faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College.