David Widelock Trio
David Widelock - guitar.
A versatile guitarist who is at home with jazz, latin, free improvisation, funk and
rhythm and blues, David has been performing in the Bay Area since the early 70's.
He studied jazz guitar with Warren Black in Portland, Oregon, and improvisation with
pianist Art Lande in Berkeley, California.
He has performed with Dave Brubeck, including a European tour with the Brubeck Family,
Lionel Hampton, Woody Shaw, Art Lande, Mark Isham,
pianist Jon Jang, and the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra.
Famed Brazilian guitarist
Luis Bonfa called David “a giant of the 12-string...one of my favorite guitarists”.
Fred Randolph - bass.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Fred started taking ukulele lessons as a young child.
At age 11, inspired by the innovative and creative style of Jimi Hendrix, he switched to
the guitar. After listening to Howard Roberts and Jimmy Smith in high school, he became
fascinated with the unique harmonies of jazz, and his musical direction was forever altered.
He began to seriously study and play jazz, first on the guitar, and later, on the saxophone
and trumpet during his college years at UC Berkeley.
His instrumental epiphany occurred,
however, when he was working on his Master’s Degree in Composition at CSU Hayward, he
fell under the spell of the bass, captivated by its endless possibilities and sounds.
The acoustic and electric basses are now his primary instruments. He has since studied
bass with Carl Stanley, Brian Marcus, Alex Glickman, Frank Tusa, Kai Eckhardt and Timothy Spears.
Jim Kassis - drums.
A percussionist, Jim received his BA in Music from San Jose State University. He has studied
under Tony Cirone, Jack VanGeem, and Alfred Kanwisher. Jim has taught privately and at the
National Guitar Workshop and Soundsation Jazz Camp. Jim has extensive Bay Area ensemble
experience, performing with the CA, San Jose, San Francisco, Monterey, and Santa Cruz
Symphonies; Opera San Jose; the California Shakespeare Festival; the American Musical
Theatre of San Jose; Gene Harris; and the Cabrillo Music Festival.