I was recently given a special opportunity to record and photograph the Guarneri Jazz Quartet playing live on November 27, 2006 in the spectacular new Caroline Hume Concert Hall at the new San Francisco Conservatory of Music located near City Hall. The quartet featured Mario Guarneri on trumpet, Randy Vincent on guitar, John Wiitala on contra bass, and Omar Clay on drums.
This performance was somewhat of a rare jazz event at the Conservatory, which typically focuses on more classical genres of music, but was made possible because Mario is part of the brass faculty at the school. The band started off the night with a pre-show demonstration and lecture about jazz technique, and then after a small break, played two extremely tight and jammin’ sets of original compositions by Mario and Omar, as well as a few classics from the vast library of Thelonious Monk and Duke Jordan.
Above, you will find the photographs I shot that night and a sample track from my recording of the quartet’s killin’ rendition of Jordan’s jazz standard Jordu. You can catch the band live at Cafe Divine in North Beach on most Sunday nights, and you can find more sound clips, info about their upcoming shows, and links to purchase their studio albums on their website. Thanks, and enjoy!
Download: Track 1