Electric Squeezebox Orchestra with special guest Sandy Cressman

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra with special guest Sandy Cressman

Joshua Tazman

Sun, June 4, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm

Doc's Lab

San Francisco, CA

$10.00

This event is all ages

Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra
Electric Squeezebox Orchestra
The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra is a 17 piece big band based in San Francisco that plays music composed and arranged by its members. Led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, the band currently consists of Erik, Henry Hung, Darren Johnston, Doug Morton and Dave Scott on trumpets, Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo and Richard Lee on trombones, Sheldon Brown and Larry Delacruz on alto saxes, Mike Zilber and Marcus Stephens on tenor saxes, Charlie Gurke on baritone sax, and the rhythm section of Dan Zemelman, piano; Jordan Samuels, guitar; Tommy Folen, bass; and Hamir Atwal, Alan Hall and Eric Garland rotating on drums. However, you'll catch many of the Bay Area's top jazz musicians subbing into the band every week. The band's debut CD "Cheap Rent" is available on the OA2 record label.
Sandy Cressman
Sandy Cressman
Once in a while, an artist is born with an inexplicable connection to a culture far from the artist’s origins. Such is the case with Sandy Cressman. Born in New York City of American parents, but with a Brazilian heart, Cressman began her recording career with the highly acclaimed vocal trio Pastiche, with whom she recorded three CDs, "That’s R&Bebop" (Pony/Canyon/Nova) "Remember That" (BluePrint), and "Pastiche"(Summit).

Sandy’s connection with Brazilian music was first sparked when she first heard the music of Ivan Lins while in college as a vocal jazz major San Jose State University. Sandy began exploring other Brazilian jazz musicians and began to study Portuguese.
While many an American jazz singer flirts with the Brazilian Songbook, Sandy Cressman made a name for herself as a true devotee of the country’s greatest contemporary composers, interpreting songs by post-bossa masters like Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, and Filó Machado in Rio-accented Portuguese. The friendships forged with Brazilian musicians during her musical travels course through her captivating new album Entre Amigos, a project that marks a major new chapter for Cressman as a tunesmith. Entre Amigos features a gorgeous array of new songs created with a far-flung cast of collaborators, including the celebrated Pernambuco frevo composer/bandleader Spok, rising Brazilian-American guitarist Ian Faquini, pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto, and pianist Antonio Adolfo, a Brazilian jazz master who got his start at the center of Rio’s early 1960s bossa nova scene.
Joshua Tazman
Joshua Tazman
When I was five, I told my dad, “When I sing, I feel like I’m flying.” I guess that self-expression has always been a part of me – through my childhood I made paper ship sculptures and dragon masks, and designed whole worlds populated by imaginary creatures. I’d always been surrounded by music – my grandpa is a folk singer, and my parents played me everything from Bach to John Coltrane growing up. I was in the San Francisco Boys Chorus for nine years, singing in six San Francisco Opera productions as well as for millions of waving paper flags in the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

In the midst of my adolescence, I found solace in music. My teacher, Doug Goodkin, introduced me to jazz, which answered my desire for exploration, and I began writing songs after picking up a ukulele in seventh grade, giving voice to my desire to connect.



Over the past year, that love of music has begun transforming into a career. In April 2014, my friend Sidney Hirschman flew me to LA to record a duet, and there, I met Mark Mazzetti, who produced my debut EP, Jump. Over the next few months, Mark and I Skyped twice a week, and he exposed me to Stevie Wonder, Elton John, James Taylor, and many other inspiring artists, pushing me to write more personal and nuanced songs and to tell stories from multiple angles. In January 2015, we had decided on five songs to record, and I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, reaching out to friends, family, and strangers alike. While one of the most stressful months of my life, it succeeded and we began work on the record.
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At the same time as I was recording Jump, I was also recognized as a Finalist by the National YoungArts Foundation, was one of eight singers in the country to participate in the Grammy Camp Jazz Session Jazz Choir, and placed Top 10 in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook competition. Needless to say, it was a whirlwind, pulling me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to bare my soul onstage.

So here I am. I just finished my debut EP, the first major step in my career, and I’m rehearsing with my trio to play shows in the Bay Area and gather a fanbase. It’s terrifying and invigorating. I’m still trying to figure out who I am, experimenting with tone poems and disjointed, funky grooves, falling in and out of love, and starting to think about college. This is the first jump of many, but music has helped me give voice to my doubts and my dreams, helping me find meaning and clarity amid the confusion. I hope it can do the same for others.
Venue Information:
Doc's Lab
124 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94133
http://www.docslabsf.com