Outstanding vocalist Jackie Ryan will perform with the extraordinary pianist Tamir Hendelmen and his talented trio. On bass is the talented Alex Frank, and on drums is the talented Dean Koba.
Jackie Ryan’s style and singing is influenced by the great Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, and Diana Krall. Jackie performs a diverse repertoire of blues, gospel, jazz gems, love songs, Spanish ballads, standards, classics and sambas with beauty, grace, sensitivity, and depth that gives her audiences a thrilling experience. Virtuoso pianist Tamir Hendelmen is a flawless player and amazing soloist with incredible technique who who interacts wonderfully with his stellar bass mate, Alex Frank, and drum mate, Dean Koba. This concert will showcase the abilities of 4 world class musicians in a listener friendly, intimate setting.
Jackie Ryan is one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation, adopting some of the dexeterous sass of Sarah Vaughn, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae, and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall. Jackie is an extraordinary, world class talent that is extravagantly gifted, who sings emotionally and stylistically with astonishing range. Jackie sings from the heart, and is a true jazz original who interprets songs with a sensational passion. Jackie has recorded 7 CDs as a leader and has recorded/performed with John and Gerald Clayton, Cyrus Chesnut, Eric Alexander, Jeremy Pelt, Carl Allen, Ray Drummond, Romero Lubambo, Red Holloway, Tamir Hendelman, Jeff Hamilton, Toots Thielemans, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Ernie Watts, Harry Allen, Scott Hamilton, Amina Figarova, Mike Wofford, Jon Mayer, Larry Vucovich, Barry Harris, Bill Cunliffe, Shelley Berg, Benny Green, Terry Gibbs, Emil Richards, Jon Hendricks, Obed Calvaire, Rickey Woodard, Gilbert Castellanos and Graham Dechter. Jackie has been a featured guest artist on NPR, Voice Of America, Primetime A&E, CNN TV En Espanol, and has performed at venues and festivals in the U.S. and all over the world. Born of Mexican, Irish, French, and Spanish descent, Jackie sings in Spanish, English, and Portuguese and her style echoes the influence of musical greats Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Abbey Lincoln, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Shelly Horn, and Betty Carter .
Award winning pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed with Jeff Hamilton, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, The Clayton Brothers, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, Barbara Morrison, Tierney Sutton, Bill Holman, Julia Mignes, Roberta Gambarini, John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Jackie Ryan, Janis Mann, Natalie Cole, and Barbra Streisand.
Tamir began studying the keyboard at the age of 6 in Tel Aviv, moved to the U.S. at the age of 12, won the Yamaha Keyboard Competition at the age of 14, and soon after performed in Japan and at The Kennedy Center. Tamir studied at The Tanglewood Institute, received a music degree from Eastman School Of Music, and became the youngest musical director for The Lovewell Institute, a National Arts Education Non-Profit Organization. Tamir is an in-demand pianist and arranger, has toured the U.S. and Internationally, has received awards from ASCAP and The Foundation For The Advancement In The Arts, and was a guest soloist for The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Tamir has been a member of The Jeff Hamilton Trio since 2000, and The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since 2001. That same year, Tamir performed the premier of John Clayton’s New Orchestration of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite at The Hollywood Bowl. With his own trio, Tamir explores standards, Brazilian music, blues, and his Israeli roots. Tamir is a Resonance Record artist, and his playing is sensitive, introspective, captivating, wonderful, creative, exhilarating, thoughtful, full of content and intensity, and dynamically swings with strength. Tamir is hard swinging like Oscar Peterson and Benny Green, versatile, a warm improviser, and executes the most difficult music patterns with a light touch. Tamir is masterful at fast paced tunes, and is able to shift directions and tempos in a moment with ease. Tamir has recorded 2 CDs as a leader, and has nearly 170 music credits. Tamir teaches jazz keyboards at U.C.L.A.’s Herb Alpert School Of Music.
Bassist Alex Frank is an arranger and composer who studied with Peter Dominguez and Eddie Gomez and graduated from Oberlin Conservatory Of Music in 2010. Alex is active in the L.A. music scene, recording with with Fiona Apple, Miley Cyrus, and Jeff Goldblum. Alex has performed on The Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden T.V. Shows, and together with musicians Graham Dechter and Ryan Shaw, formed the group, The Lineage Trio, dedicated to their musical heroes, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel, and Shelley Manne. Alex has performed/recorded with Tamir Hendelman, Bruce Forman, Bill Holman, and played with Patrick Williams, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Mandel, and in Clint Eastwood’s film, “Jersey Boys”. Quincy Jones compares Alex to bassist Ray Brown. Alex is a Grammy Recording Academy voting member, a finalist in The 23rd Annual U.S.A. Song Competition, wrote The Official Anthem for Atlantic City, was the musical director for “Sinatra 100 At The Grove”, featuring George Benson and Jane Monheit, and in 2014, with Bruce Forman’s band “Cowbop”, was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame. In 2013, Alex was runner-up in The International Society Of Bassists Jazz Competition, and has recorded with Bill Cunliffe, Renee Olstead, Landau Murphy, Jr.
Spencer Day, Jane Monheit, Till Bronner, Gina Saputo, Peter Erskine, Dave Damiani, Inara George, Matt Forbes, Anna Calvi, Ty Taylor, Richard Shelton, and Nas. Alex has worked with Molly Ringwald, Bobby Rydell, Macy Gray, Joe Piscopo, Kenny Burrell, Barbara Morrison, Benny Golson, Tierney Sutton, Sal Valentinetti, Cassandra Wilson, and Matthew Morrison. Alex is a member of the group, “Too Marvelous For Words”, with Emmy winner Keith David, paying tribute to the music of Nat King Cole. Alex has studied with Marcus Belgrave, Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Billy Hart, Wendell Logan, John Clayton, and David Allen Moore of the L.A. Philharmonic. Alex has appeared on over 50 recordings, live performances, film soundtracks, and T.V. and radio shows combined.
Drummer Dean Koba has played in the L.A. Jazz scene and around the country for nearly 30 years, and has played in The Disneyland Band for 27 years. Dean teaches music at Long Beach City, Mt. San Antonio, and El Camino Colleges. Dean is an in-demand drummer who is engaging, energetic, imaginative, and spontaneous, and has worked with the trios of Tamir Handelman, Greg Reitan, and Barry Zweig. Dean received his music degree from Northwestern University, and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at U.S.C., where he studied with drumming greats Joe La Barbara, Gregg Field, and Jeff Hamilton. Dean has performed/recorded with The Acoustic Jazz Quartet, Kei Akagi, Benny Bailey, Sheryl Bailey, Shelley Berg, Chuck Berghofer, Jeff Berlin, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Carmen Bradford, The Clayton Brothers, Cecilia Coleman, Bill Cunliffe, Dee Daniels, Dena DeRose, Madeline Eastman, Jamie Findlay, Gary Foster, Clay Jenkins, Danny Grissett, Roberta Gambarini, Kathy Segal-Garcia, Grant Geisman, Fareed Haque, Tamir Hendelman, Red Holloway, Larry Koonse, Kathy Kosins, Kristen Korb, Christoph Luty, Bill Mays, Walter Norris, Makoto Ozone, John Proulx, Haley Reinhard, Tom Ranier, Greg Reitan, Jackie Ryan, Riner Scivally, Bud Shank, Bob Sheppard, Dave Sills, Hewlett Smith, Tierney Sutton, Bill Watrous, Michele Weir, and Barry Zweig. Dean has appeared on 24 recordings.