I first met Terrence Brewer last year at the Fillmore Street Jazz Fest. Since then, I’ve stayed in touch and through an incredible coincidence ended up sharing a pizza with him, his wife, and my wife at John’s Pizzeria of Bleeker Street in the West Village of New York City last January. It was then when we hatched a plan for me to come photograph and record the Terrence Brewer Quintet’s upcoming performance at Yoshi’s in Oakland on March 20, 2007.
Well, just as planned two months earlier, I had the privilege of helping document the group’s first time playing at the historic Yoshi’s in Jack London Square on what was a particularly special night for the band and their fans. The quintet was led by Terrence on guitar, with Kasey Knudsen playing saxophones and Ben Stolorow on keys, and backed by the rhythm section of Ravi Abcarian on double bass and Micah McClain on drums. The band featured songs from Terrence’s The Calling Volume One and Volume Two, and they also treated the audience to several brand new songs, including the first-ever public performance of Kismet, that will be included on their upcoming studio album which is scheduled to be recorded later this summer at the famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.
Above, I’ve included my best pictures from the night, and Terrence was gracious enough to let me post three live audio tracks that I recorded of the first set. So, let me speak on behalf of all of Terrence and his band’s fans when I say thank you for letting me share some of this special evening with the world!
1. Murray’s Law
2. Cat Nap
3. Ray of Hope