Steven Lugerner's Jacknife:
The Music of Jackie McLean

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, Steven Lugerner maintains an active bi-coastal schedule between San Francisco and New York City.

Lugerner has released multiple albums to critical acclaim - "Narratives", "These Are The Words", and "Live at The Bunker", "Gravitations Vol. II" featuring Fred Hersch, "For We Have Heard" featuring Myra Melford and Matt Wilson, and two recordings with the cooperative group Chives. Lugerner delves into the music of a jazz legend on the soon to be released "The Music of Jackie McLean".

Lugerner collaborates with such artists as: Charles McPherson, Tootie Heath, Fred Hersch, Matt Wilson, Ralph Alessi, Jason Moran, Jane Ira Bloom, Jamie Baum, John Hollenbeck, Myra Melford, and Darren Johnston. 

He performed previously at Chez Hanny with Chives.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, trumpeter/composer JJ Kirkpatrick began studying trumpet at the age of 9 with Portland legend Thara Memory.

In 2011, JJ received his Bachelors degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Presidential Scholarship, and studied with Jon Faddis, Laurie Frink, Scott Wendholt, and Richard Sussman.

In 2014 JJ received a graduate degree from the USC Thornton School of Music as an Ella Fitzgerald Music Scholar. JJ studied privately with Ambrose Akinmusire, and Sara Gazarek.

Now based in Los Angeles, JJ has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Tootie Heath, and Walter Smith III, and was featured in the Oscar winning film "Whiplash".

Pianist Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002.

Adam performs with Bay Area musicians Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Kitty Margolis, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Erik Jekabson, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, Faye Carrol, Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber, and internationally renowned artists Mark Murphy, Larry Coryell, Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Bobby Hutcherson, and the Glen Miller Orchestra.

Adam appeared here previously with Eddie Marshall, Faye Carol and Marcus Shelby, Dayna Stephens, Harvey Wainapel, Ian Cary, Patrick Wolff, and Ratzo Harris.

Bass player Josh Thurston-Milgrom lived for twelve years in Chicago and three in Berlin before returning to his native Bay Area, performing along the way with luminaries such as Von Freeman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Taylor Eigsti, and Yosvany Terry.

He's a 17-year veteran of the Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty, and teaches at the Harker School in San Jose.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Michael Mitchell grew up behind the drums. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Michael has gone on to teach for SFJAZZ in the Bay Area, at India's True School of Music, as well as the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

A recent relocation to Oakland has afforded Michael the opportunity to continue learning and teaching, and to build a strong bi-coastal musical community of students, educators, and professional players.