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A Short History of Jazz Violin
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Featuring Kit Eakle, violin

with Jonathan Alford, piano

Greg Reginato, guitar
Karen Cullen, bass
Jack Dorsey, drums


Kit Eakle is

an internationally known jazz violinist, violin teacher, educator, and publisher of music education materials. He has a Master's in Music Education from The University of Victoria, Canada. He has written a number of books focussing on music for kids, including "In My Grandmother's Garden," which won a Gradiva Award. He currently shares his time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and the San Francisco Bay area, where he teaches violin and general music in public elementary schools.

He has performed with John Lee Hooker, David Grisman, Turtle Island String Quartet 'cellist, Mark Sommeres, and he currently performs with the Hot Club of Marin, Django Obscura, The Sons of Emperor Norton, Sugar Moon, The Mark Holzinger Band, and his own Kit Eakle Quartet. He currently hosts a Jazz Violin concert series in the S.F. Bay area, "Point Richmond Jazz."


Jonathan Alford is...

a graduate in classical piano at the University of Wisconsin and has studied privately with Julian White and Dorothy Taubman. He has given recitals at Amherst College, Mills College, Sonoma State University and with the Tassajara Symphony.
He wrote and performed music for the Ellen Webb Dance Company, and for Howard Hain’s “A Play for One and All” staged at ODC. He was also Musical Director of the Childrens Opera of SF at Herbst Theatre.
Notable performances include Zellarbach Hall with the Machete Ensemble, the SF and San Jose Jazz Festivals, and with the Oakland Ballet performing “Union Fraternal”, a Cuban Danzon Suite for the 2000 season. He appeared with Elaine Lucia on "West Coast Live" in 2001.
Jonathan's recording and performing associations include Pete Escovedo, John Santos, Bobby Hutcherson, Elaine Lucia, Carlos Santana, Denise Perrier, Chocolate Armenteros, Orestes Vilato, Machete Ensemble, Mazacote, Peter Apfelbaum, Josh Jones, Los Compas, Jenna Mamina, Ray Obiedo and Maria Marquez.


Greg Reginato is...

is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He has studied guitar with Michael Gibbs in New York and has participated in numerous New York recording projects. He has performed with Norbert Statchel, Matthew Eakle, the Bay Area Jazz Ensemble, the Rory Snyder Quintet, the Diablo Valley College Night Jazz Ensemble, and the Diablo Valley College All Star Combo.


Karen Cullen is...

is a versatile a performer, equally at home playing jazz, popular or classical music. Currently a core member of the Berkeley Symphony, she has held principal positions in many San Francisco Bay Area orchestras including Berkeley, Rohnert Park, and the Women’s Philharmonic whose bass section she led for 20 years. She has played nationally and internationally, performing at such outstanding venues as the Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Yoshi’s, and the Copacabana in Brazil. She has played with many other outstanding musicians including John Handy, Jessica Williams, and Mimi Fox. She holds a Masters degree in performance and has continued to develop her musicianship through post-graduate study. She is a respected teacher having taught improvisation at Wellesley College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently she teaches instrumental music in the Hayward Public School system as well as privately at her residence in Berkeley.

Jack Dorsey is...

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. He has performed drums & percussion for SF theatre productions including Gary Trudeau’s Rap Master Ronnie. He's taught the basics of drums and rhythm throughout the SF School Dist. with the SF Symphony’s Adventures in Music Program, in East Bay schools with Michael Morgan, Conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and continues to teach and perform with the Oaktown Jazz Workshop.