Mandala - The Music of Keith Jarrett

While pianist Keith Jarrett is known primarily for his brilliant reinventions of standards, he is also a prolific composer with a large body of original work, much of it composed for the two quartets he led in the 1970's, the "American" quartet with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and the "European" quartet with Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, and Jon Christensen. Mandala approaches these Jarrett originals with deep respect for the seminal pianist’s ability to thread staggeringly complex lines with a sublime sense of simplicity.

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown formed the Sheldon Brown Group in 1993, and in 1996 he released the jazz/fusion CD "Shifting Currents". He is also featured on Omar Sosa's CDs "Prietos", "Bembon", "Spirit of the Roots" and "Free Roots" and on Ian Dogole's CDs "Ionospheres" and "Night Harvest".

As a composer/member with the Club Foot Orchestra he has performed at The Knitting Factory, Lincoln Center, and the Smithsonian Institution. He performed with Anthony Braxton at the 1986 San Francisco Jazz Festival. He has appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Moers Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz d'Or, Toronto Jazz Festival and the Spoleto Festival.

He currently teaches composition at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California.

Sheldon appeared here previously with Hemispheres, Clarinet Thing, Ratzo Harris, Michael Wilcox, and the Sheldon Brown Group.

Highly regarded as a pianist and arranger, Matt Clark has performed and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, Jon Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman, and the late Teddy Edwards, as well as practically everyone who appeared at Jazz at Pearl's in it's heyday.

He was here previously with Larry Schneider, Steve Heckman, Noel Jewkes, and Mitch Marcus.

Michael Wilcox, 6 string electric bass.

Michael has performed with Richie Cole, the Fifth Dimension, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Oakland Eastbay Symphony, Eddie Duran, Jules Broussard, Tom Coster and Larry Schneider. He was an Adjunct Faculty member in the Jazz Department at San Jose State University for five years (1989-1994), and also taught extensively at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.

He has appeared at Chez Hanny with the Sheldon Brown Group, Lee Waterman and Jazz Caliente, and the Michael Wilcox Trio.

Drummer Bryan Bowman has performed and recorded with Deron Johnson, Mike Zilber, Dayna Stevens, Thomas Morgan, Sam Bevan, Bob Kenmotsu, Mike Abraham, Jeff Massanari, Randy Vincent, John Stowell, John Wiitala, Ben Stolorow, Mark Levine, John Shifflet, Andre Bush, Ken French, Clairdee, Harvey Wainapel, Dahveed Behroozi, Betty Fu, Sarah Manning, Mario Guarnieri, Jessica Neighbor, Loose Wig, Anton Schwartz, and Brian Kane.

Bryan studied music formally at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, CSU Long Beach and CSU Chico.

He appeared here previously with Steve Lockwood, Michael Wilcox, and Noel Jewkes.