Jacknife: The Music of Jackie McLean

JJ Kirkpatrick trumpet, Steven Lugerner sax, Malcolm Campbell piano, Shimpei Ogawa bass, Michael Mitchell drums. Filmed by Darryl Jones.

San Francisco alto and baritone saxophonist Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet.


Multi-instrumentalist, composer, Steven Lugerner maintains musical ties between multiple music scenes including his home of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City.

Lugerner has released six albums as a leader, most recently JACKNIFE: The Music of Jackie McLean (2016), as well as two recordings with the cooperative group Chives.

He has collaborated with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters including pianists Fred Hersch, Jason Moran and Myra Melford, drummers “Tootie” Heath, Matt Wilson, John Hollenbeck, and Allison Miller, saxophonists Charles McPherson, Jane Ira Bloom, Dayna Stephens, Chris Cheek, Anat Cohen and Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, flutist Jamie Baum, and bassist Todd Sickafoose.

He performed previously at Chez Hanny with Chives, and Jacknife.


Danny Lubin-Laden is a trombonist and 2010 graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. A Bay Area resident, he played in the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble and the SFJazz High School All-Star Orchestra, and was honored as a soloist at the Monterey Jazz Festival high school competition.

He’s played in bands in Brooklyn and the Bay Area spanning genres from Ghanaian Highlife to rhythm and blues, New Orleans brass band to jazz. Danny currently performs with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and Brass Magic, an eight-piece brass ensemble featuring many of Danny’s compositions.

Danny is an instructor for the Stanford Jazz Workshop and has taught at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley.


Malcolm Campbell is a jazz pianist and composer from Lexington, MA.

As the first jazz musician in the Harvard/New England Conservatory dual degree program, Malcolm studied under Danilo Perez, Frank Carlberg, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran and Jerry Bergonzi. He graduated from Harvard in 2010, and from the New England Conservatory in 2011.

He has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Aspen Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.

He has performed with Don Byron, Billy Hart, Roy Hargrove, Cecil McBee, Lee Konitz, and Makoto Ozone.


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.

He performed previously at Chez Hanny with Jacknife.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Michael Mitchell has been behind the drums since the age of 8.

Michael soon began studying with NYC session-drummers Mike Mechem and Geoff Clapp, and started playing professionally at the age of 13, in and around the New York City area. Those relationships provided opportunities to study with Greg Hutchinson, Damion Reid, and Rodney Green, and after graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, Michael went on to Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Justin Dicioccio, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Drumset Performance.

Michael currently teaches at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

He performed previously at Chez Hanny with Jacknife.