Evan Francis Group featuring Darren Johnston

Evan Francis with Kenny Brooks, Matt Nelson, Haggai Cohen-Milo, Tim Bulkley, and Jhan Carlo Lamprea-Rodriguez.

NYC-living Evan Francis has been a professional musician since about 1998, composing and performing on saxophone, flute, and clarinet.

Recently, he has been named a "Rising Star" in the Flute category of the Downbeat Magazine Critic's poll.

He has performed/recorded/toured around the world with notables like Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Taylor Eigsti, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Helen Sung, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lyrics Born, Talib Kweli, Art Davis, the Ian Carey Quintet + 1, and many more.

His flute and saxophone playing was featured on the Grammy-winning debut record of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra in 2013. His composing and bandleading skills have been employed in the form of various projects, including "Spaceheater", "Spaceheater's Blast Furnace" and "The Evan Francis Group".

Francis grew up in Los Angeles, moved to San Francisco in 2003, and moved again to NYC in 2012. He's happy to be on earth at the same time as you.

He appeared here previously with the Evan Francis / Darren Johnston Quartet.


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Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston has collaborated and recorded with an extremely diverse cross-section of artists, performing all styles of jazz, experimental, and purely improvised music, as well as traditional music of the Balkans, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, and the Arab world. These interests have coalesced in his primary ensemble of late, Darren Johnston’s Broken Shadows.

He has performed and/or recorded with luminaries such as Fred Frith, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg, Matt Wilson, Mark Dresser, Marshall Allen, and Marcus Shelby.

He appeared here previously with the Evan Francis / Darren Johnston Quartet, the Nice Guy Trio, and the Sheldon Brown Quintet.


Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer & educator. She earned her BA in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2001. Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool's Emerging Artist Series, Intersection For The Arts, and the De Young Museum.

She leads her own trio and sextet, and co-leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio with Jon Arkin and Michael Coleman, as well as The Holly Martins with Lorin Benedict and Eric Vogler.

Knudsen can be heard with Evan Francis, Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith, Eric Garland, Henry Hung, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Graham Connah, Adam Shulman, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Michael Coleman, the Bay Area Composer's Collective Orchestra, Jarrett Cherner, Q Morrow, Rob Ewing, Marcus Shelby, Realistic Orchestra, Scott Amendola, and Rova Saxophone Quartet.

She appeared here previously with Ian Carey.


Saxophonist Marcus Stephens was featured at SFJazz, performing the music of Joe Henderson.

He has been active in the San Francisco/Oakland music community for well over a decade. His talents and versatility have been utilized by innovative and award winning ensembles which include, The Evan Francis Group, The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, The Mitch Marcus Quintet + 15, Jazz Mafia, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Eight Legged Monster, Rayband, Bourbon Kings Brass Band, and his own groups, Markstep Trio and Secret Sidewalk.

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, New Pickle Family Circus, Ian Dogole & Hemispheres, Fil Lorenz Orchestra, and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

He performed here previously with Scott Foster, Johnnie Valentino/Kenneth Burgomaster/Michael Pedicin, and Johnnie Valentino/Kenneth Burgomaster/Elissa Lala.


San Francisco drummer Eric Garland began as a kid in a small town in the California Sierra Nevadas, playing grooves around the house on chairs, boxes, pots and pans, using hands or wooden kitchen spoons. He got his first drum set when he was 10 years old.

He has worked with Roy Ayers (with Jazz Mafia Symphony), Bobby McFerrin (with Brass Monkey Brass Band), hip hop artist Lyrics Born, and 60’s icon Donovan.

Current musical projects revolve around Karina Denike, Realistic Orchestra/Treat Street Social Club, accordionist Rob Reich, Tin Cup Serenade, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Brass Monkey Brass Band, and violinist Mads Tolling. He co-leads the Klaxon Mutant Allstars with trumpeter Henry Hung, and his own sextet, the Eric Garlands Hodge Podge Ensemble, and runs the jazz jam session at Amnesia.

He performed here previously with Mitch Marcus.


Patricio Angulo has been in the Bay Area since 1995. Originally from Los Angeles, he studied classical percussion before discovering the world of Latin rhythms, and studying under world-renowned percussionist Michael Spiro.

He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Danny Lozada (former lead singer for one of Cuba’s top acts, La Charanga Habanera), Los Tigres del Norte, Kina Mendez of Spain, Dr. Loco and his Rockin’ Jalapeño Band, Fito Reinoso’s Ritmo y Armonia, Albino!, Charanson, O-Maya/Agua Libre, LoCura, Orquesta D’Soul, and Rumbaché.

Current projects include: musical director, founder, and percussionist with Rumbaché; timbalero and musical director with Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia; drummer with LoCura; conguero and musical director with The Sonando Project.