JAZZ HORIZONS OCTET
Electric and Acoustic Guitars on all songs
Rick grew up in New York. His parents gave him a guitar for his 13th birthday and he went to the local music studio for lessons. By a stroke of luck, his teacher was a retired big band guitarist who soon had Rick playing jazz. In the decades since, he’s played big band and small combo jazz, various Brazilian styles, rock and blues.
“Why spend every Tuesday playing in this octet? It is devotion to an art form that you can’t do by yourself. You can paint, write or sculpt by yourself, but you have to have a band to make this art form happen. The power of the horns, in harmony, is awesome. It’s hard to describe how good it feels when the rhythm section locks together.
This group has come together because of Stephen Herrick’s vision and hard work. He has brought together some terrific musicians and created a great book. Playing this music with these musicians, is my idea of a good time. I hope the listener can feel it too.”
Acoustic and Electric Bass on all songs
Jon Randall started playing the bass at age 14. After playing in various rock bands through high school and college, he studied jazz at the Sounds of Joy Music Studios in Manhattan for five years. He was a founding member of the Greater Apple Jazz Ensemble, which appeared in various venues around New York from 1983 – 1997, most notably including the Village Gate and the Paramount Theater. Since moving to the Bay area, he has studied at the Berkeley Jazzschool, primarily under Marcos Silva, Steve Erquiaga, and Dave Lefebvre.
“The JHO presents a wonderful opportunity to play with some very skilled musicians. The ensemble is small enough that everyone can contribute, yet still offers a nice range of voices to develop harmonic ideas. We have several experienced arrangers who bring fresh ideas to the group. I look forward to it every week.”
Trumpet and Flugelhorn on all songs
A recent transplant from NYC to the west coast, Justin is a freelance trumpet player, composer and music educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has toured around the world performing in big bands, orchestras, Broadway shows, as well as jazz combos and improvised creative music groups. Justin earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Indiana University in Jazz Studies/Trumpet under the tutelage of David N. Baker.
“I have really enjoyed being a part of the Jazz Horizons Project. The band is run like a composer workshop, where everyone is encouraged to write new music for the band to play. Our book is very large and always growing. It is always exciting to play new music with the band.”
Piano on NY Pedestrian Blues, Fixing a Hole, Friday Night at the Cadillac Club, and Stella by Starlight
After years of playing with jazz and R&B bands on the East Coast as well as fronting a band in a jazz series that included many of Boston’s jazz luminaries, Mark headed to the West Coast. Inspired by the eclectic sounds of the SF bay area, he sought to integrate elements of jazz with the rhythms of Pop, Latin and R&B music. A few years ago, Mark’s crossover song B.H.F.J. climbed the indie charts.
“The Jazz Horizons project combines the arranged sound of a big band with the improvisational freedom of a small group. Best of both worlds really. Although Steve provides leadership and great material to play, it still feels like a collaborative effort. Everyone has a voice in the direction of any given arrangement…and that too, is the best of both worlds.”
Piano on Ave Rara, Cubano Chant, and Jeannine
Pianist/composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area Brazilian music scene—as leader of her own trio and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic’s Poll, Latin Jazz Corner’s Great Latin Jazz Albums from 2012, number 5 for best new talent 2012 Jazz Station blog), released by her label (Bijuri Records) and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. In addition to the roots of American and Brazilian jazz, Sajdera brings European and Hindustani classical training to the compositional table to create a unique musical tapestry.
“It’s always exhilarating to play with a horn section and this particular set of amazing musicians and outstanding arrangements made the whole recording project a wonderful experience to participate in. I’m delighted they invited me.”
Drum set on Ave Rara, Cubano Chant, and Jeannine
Over the past 20 years, versatile drummer Mark Bernfield has played professionally with numerous Bay Area jazz, blues, R&B and rock ensembles, and is now enjoying playing with Jazz Horizons very much. As an educator, Mark maintains a busy private drum teaching studio in Oakland and directs the middle school music program at Redwood Day School, where he also directs ensembles (jazz band, rock bands, chorus) and musical theater productions. Since 2001, he has also been music director of East Bay Harmony, an a cappella community chorus that performs around the Bay Area. Mark graduated cum laude in Music (classical voice performance) from UC San Diego, and studied drumming at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
More about Mark at http://www.markbernfield.com
Trombone on NY Pedestrian Blues, Fixing a Hole, Friday Night at the Cadillac Club, and Stella by Starlight.
“I’ve been privileged to play with many wonderful groups in my playing career, including touring Europe and Canada with Paul Anka, but playing with Jazz Horizons is a musical highlight for me. Stephen Herrick’s musicianship, arranging, and dedication to the band’s success are awe-inspiring. Each and every band member is a remarkable musician, too. What a joy to be a part of this great project!”
Trombone on Ave Rara, Cubano Chant, and Jeannine
Dave had been playing professionally for over 30 years . He has performed with Earl Hines, Cab Calloway, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, Burt Bacharach, and Jimmy Heath among others. He has recorded with the Asian American Orchestra, Dave Eshelman’s Jass Garden Band, Ray Brown’s Great Big Band, the Black Market Jazz Orchestra, and the Desolation Angels.
Alto Sax on Ave Rara, Cubano Chant, and Jeannine
Guido Fazio is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area conversant on saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Guido is a composer and arranger for big bands, small ensembles, duets and solo pieces. Genres include classical, jazz, pop, Gospel, and ethnic styles. Guido co-authored a book with the late jazz guitarist Warren Nunes on jazz improvisation technique, and he is continuing a series of books on improvisation. Guido’s music literature includes classical, jazz classics, big band, The American Song Book, Afro-Cuban, country, folk, pop, Italian, Jewish, Portuguese, and South American styles.
“I’d have to say we play this music because we have the passion to do so.”
Guido’s full bio at House of Woodwinds
Alto and Tenor Saxes on NY Pedestrian Blues, Fixing a Hole, Friday Night at the Cadillac Club, and Stella by Starlight
Multi-reed virtuoso Alex Murzyn was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. While still a student he began performing with Benny Rietveld, Ollie Mitchell, Gabe Balthazar, and Freddie Hubbard. After relocating to San Francisco he worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Pete Escovedo, Huey Lewis and the News, Sammy Davis Jr., the Temptations, the Four Tops, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, Ray Obiedo, Rebecca Mauleon, Bob Florence and Stanley Clarke.
He plays tenor sax, soprano sax, alto sax, flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, and bass clarinet.
Drum set on NY Pedestrian Blues, Fixing a Hole, Friday Night at the Cadillac Club, and Stella by Starlight
A native New Yorker who arrived on the San Francisco music scene in 1968. He has performed and recorded internationally with such diverse artists as; Little Anthony, Macy Blackman, The Coasters, The Crests, Jose Feliciano, Bobby Freeman, Etta Jones, Ed Kelly, Buddy Miles, The Oakland Jazz Choir, Denise Perrier, Khalil Shaheed, Lavay Smith, and Jimmy Witherspoon.
Jack has recorded numerous television theme scores, commercials and motion picture soundtracks for 20th Century Fox, Zoetrope, and Skywalker Ranch. He has performed drums & percussion for SF theatre productions including Gary Trudeau’s Rap Master Ronnie.
Percussion on Ave Rara, Cubano Chant, and Jeannine