Johnnie Valentino/Kenneth Burgomaster Quintet
featuring Michael Pedicin
Guitarist and composer Johnnie Valentino was born in 1957 in
South Philadelphia, where he studied privately with Philly legends
Dennis Sandole, Joe Sgro and Pat Martino. Also during that time he
studied composition at Rutgers University while doing local club dates
and recording sessions at Alpha recording studio for Philly World
Records. In 1984 Johnnie relocated to Los Angeles where he has been
musically active in writing, recording, scoring, performing and sound
designing for TV, films, toys, and recordings.
He has recorded with some of today's leading improvisers including Alex
Acuna, Oscar Brashear, Delmar Brown, Luis Conte, Billy Drewes, Kermit
Driscoll, Mark Ferber, Sherman Ferguson, Erik Friedlander, Vinny Golia,
Gerry Hemingway, Alphonso Johnson, Russ Johnson, Andy Laster, Pat
Martino, Bennie Maupin, Darek Oles, Michael Pedicin, Alan Pasqua, Mick
Rossi, Mike Sarin, Bob Sheppard, Wadada Leo Smith, and Trevor Ware.
Composer/pianist Kenneth Burgomaster was raised in a musical
family (his parents are both professional musicians) in Indianapolis,
IN. After graduating from Kenyon College in Ohio he spent a year in New
York City scoring commercials & playing piano at the famous Empire
Diner before heading to LA.
His composing credits include three Garfield films and "Hero Wanted" for Sony Pictures, and over 500 episodes of television.
As a keyboardist Burgomaster has worked with Herbie Hancock, Bennie
Maupin, and Carly Simon, and has performed on "The Tonight Show,"
"Conan O'Brien," and at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His band
"Back of the Hand All Stars" has been playing at The Brig in Venice, CA
every Tues. since 2002, with guest musicians including Sal Marquez, Robbie Krieger,
Jimmy Haslip, Harvey Mason, Doug Webb and Jimmy Earl.
Philadelphia based tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin has had a
varied career, including a ten year stint with Gamble and Huff’s
Philadelphia International Records as a busy studio musician, and
touring saxophonist with The O’Jays, David Bowie, Lou Rawls,
Stevie Wonder, and MFSB.
A Ph.D. in Cognitive and Creative Arts Psychology, an honorary
doctorate from Combs College of Music, and three illustrious teaching
positions (University Of The Arts/Philadelphia; Temple
University/Philadelphia; The Richard Stockton College Of New Jersey)
weren’t enough to keep him from his other jobs as tenor
saxophonist with Maynard Ferguson, Dave Brubeck, Stanley Clarke,
Terence Blanchard and Pat Martino.
He just released his 12th CD, "Why Stop Now ... Ubuntu", featuring frequent collaborator Johnnie Valentino.
Since moving to San Francisco in 1999, Sam Bevan has
established himself as one of the most
versatile and creative bassists in the Bay Area.
The foundation was laid for Bevan’s career where he
began classical piano lessons at the age of
four. Sam's adoption of the electric and acoustic
bass followed periods playing jazz and classical
piano, singing professionally and getting a BA in French.
Sam has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists
including: David Grisman, Zigaboo Modeliste, Joshua
Redman, Roswell Rudd, Houston Person,
Kenny Washington, Joe Locke, Michael Wolff, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur,
Joe Craven, Meklit Hadero, Lisa Engelken, Jackie Ryan, Jacqui Naylor,
The VNote Ensemble,
Telepathy, Nathan Clevenger Group, New Pickle Family Circus, Ian Dogole
& Hemispheres, Fil Lorenz Orchestra, and the Contemporary Jazz
Drummer Lorca Hart grew up in Taos, New Mexico in a musical
family. He attended California Institute of the Arts from 1992-96,
studying with Albert "Tootie" Heath, Joe La Barbera, Charlie Haden, and
Wadada Leo Smith.
Since that time Lorca has performed with Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy,
Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Herman
Riley, Azar Lawrence, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, John Heard, Bennie
Maupin, Dave Pike, Don Menza, Hugh Masekela, the Clayton Brothers,
Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage, Gerald Wiggins, and the Cross Hart Jazz
Experience. He also leads his own trio with Josh Nelson on piano and
Edwin Livingston on bass.
Lorca appeared here previously with Dave Scott, Dima, and the Lorca Hart Trio featuring Harvey Wainapel.