Sacramento Jazz Cooperative, Inc.



Past Dates

Mel Martin Quintet - 7:00 PM
CLARA Auditorium 2420 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Price: $25

Mel Martin on sax and flute

Brad Buethe on guitar

Keith Saunders on piano 

Robb Fisher on bass 

Jeff Marrs on drums

The Sacramento native is back to celebrate his 75th birthday. Mel has proven to be one of the most versatile and creative musicians to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area. His virtuosic abilities on woodwinds combined with his vast range of experience has brought him to a position of pre-eminence as one of the most inventive and innovative of performers. His unique abilities as an improviser, arranger and composer have made him a favorite of such greats as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and many others.

His work as a leader has been documented on several brilliant recordings with the groups Listen, Featuring Mel Martin and his current band Bebop & Beyond as well as his fine recordings of the music of Benny Carter, Mel Martin Plays Benny Carter and the recent Jazzed Media releases Just Friends by The Mel Martin/Benny Carter Quintet and Where The Warm Winds Blow by the Mel Martin Band. He has applied these talents to a wide variety of performing and recording situations including Santana, Azteca, Mongo Santamaria, Boz Scaggs, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Denny Zeitlin, Hubert Laws, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, B.B. King, Billy Cobham, Freddy Cole, and the Afro Blue Band as well as a multitude of independent studio projects. In performance Mel displays a rare combination of fiery soloing abilities and telepathic communication and projects a joyously spirited vibrancy to his audiences.

Carolyne Swayze and Friends
Carolyne Swayze and Friends - 7 PM
2114 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Price: 25.00

The Sacramento Jazz Coop (SJC) kicks-off new concert venue at Antiquite on May 1, 2017, with “Carolyne Swayze and Friends.”  Swayze, an American jazz singer worked extensively during the 1980s and early 90s on the hotel and country club circuits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.  Founder of SJC, she hosts this performance on vocals, with Joe Gilman on piano, Steve Homan on guitar, Rick Lotter on drums, Robb Fisher on bass, and Noel Jewkes on tenor, along with other guests. Mingle with new friends and guests on this jazzy, fun-filled musical evening, and hear about plans for SJC. Limited parking.

Jason Myers Trio
Jason Myers Trio - 7PM
CLARA Auditorium 1425 24th Street (24th & N)
Sacramento, CA 95816
Price: $25

Jason Myers- Piano

Brad Buethe - Guitar

Paul Breslin - Bass


Upon hearing pianist Jason Myers for the first time, it becomes obvious that he has a deep affinity and respect for the music he is playing. Drawing primarily from a wide repertoire of standards from the 1930's and 1940's, he has the ability of capturing the spirit of that time while simultaneously adding his own distinct voice. His style has been influenced by "Fats" Waller, Nat "King" Cole, and Dave McKenna and he has been admired by such artists as Liza Minnelli and Steve Allen.

Myers was the resident pianist at Hillstone (formerly Houston's Restaurant, the parent company of Bandera) in San Francisco for thirteen years starting in February 1998. He performed solo piano until forming a trio in 2001. The Jason Myers Trio held steady five nights a week for over nine years until the gig ended in December 2010. Since then he has had a steady run at various venues including Wine & Roses in Lodi.

Myers' CD's include "The Jason Myers Trio: Sentimental Journey", "The Jason Myers Trio: Cookin' At Houston's", "Body And Soul" (solo), and "Seems Like Old Times" (solo).

Besides his own projects, Jason has also performed at the 1999 Monterey Jazz Festival with Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band, The Brian Kane Trio, Mal Sharpe's Big Money In Dixieland, and been an accompanist for vocalists, Maye Cavallaro, Shanna Carlson, Carolyne Swayze, Jennifer Lee, Jackie Ryan, and Mary Stallings.

Harley White Jr. Orchestra
Harley White, Jr. Orchestra - 7 PM
1425 24th Street (24th & N Streets)
Sacramento, CA 95816
Price: $25

Harley White Jr. is an Oakland native and the son of prominent bassist and educator Harley White. It has been said that the orchestral blues from the 20's to the 50's era is a big part of the Harley White Jr. Orchestra’s core, a time when the masters, such as the Duke (Ellington) the Count (Basie) and the Ambassador (Louis Armstrong) were making their mark. The band is also well versed in new styles like Funk, Latin, and Cabaret. Harley has worked with various and notable artist such as Melvin Van Peebles, Raphael Saadiq, Cake, Faith Evans, Nelson Riddle, Blackalicious, Ben Harper, The Count Basie Orchestra, Amiri Baraka, Trio Casindio (Jose Montoya), Dr.Echo, and Harley White Sr. The Sacramento Jazz Coop proudly presents the Harley White Jr. Orchestra on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the CLARA Auditorium, Sacramento for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Dave Bass Sextet - SJC Fundraiser
Dave Bass Sextet - 7 PM
CLARA Auditorium 1425 24th Street (Corner 24 & N)
Sacramento, California 95816
Price: $25

Dave Bass - Piano

Michelle Deveaux - Vocals

Jack Stanfill - Drums

Ben Kopf - Bass

Carlos McCoy - Flute/Tenor

Carlos Caro - Congo/Perc

Jackie Ryan with Joe Gilman Duo
Jackie Ryan sings - 7 PM
2420 N Street
Sacramento, CA 84716
Price: $25

ALLMUSIC, says “Vocalist Jackie Ryan arrived on the ever-changing jazz scene at the dawning of the new millennium, deriving a classic, yet exotic style and sound. Of Mexican, Irish, French, and Spanish decent, Jackie throws her background it into her music. She sings in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, and echoes of Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday can be heard. The live effort For Heavens Sake was issued in 2000. Two years later, Ryan released Passion Flower

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