Jackie Ryan with the Guarneri Quartet

There are a ton of incredible arts orgs in this community, but we can’t say it enough about the landmark Throckmorton Theatre, a rarity that does it all: top-notch theatrical productions, live music, classical concerts, some of the best comedy in the Bay Area and much more.

With the thrill of two-time Peadbody Award-winning comedian and popular Netflix star Hasan Minhaj set to showcase some new material at the Throck August 25-27 in advance of his new one man show, the theatre keeps cranking out top-notch entertainment.
Next up are a pair of concerts. First is a great night of jazz featuring renowned singer Jackie Ryan, backed by the Mario Guarneri on trumpet, Akira Tana on drums, Randy Vincent on guitar, John Witalla on bass and special young artist guest pianist Jomei Greer, who began playing in kindergarten classically and continued through the 8th grade. After that he did a lot of listening and self-teaching for a couple years, then the summer after his Junior year of High School he attended a jazz camp which then became his musical focus! Jomei is presently studying with Ken Cook at Sonoma State University..

The Guarneri Jazz Quartet has been performing in the greater Bay Area on a regular basis for over 20 years, appearing regularly initially in 2001 at the Bookbeat in Fairfax and then at the Emerald Tablet and Café Divine in North Beach, and the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Recent concert appearances include the San Francisco Conservatory, Old First Concert series, and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and on numerous Jazz in the Neighborhood presentations over the past eleven years. Mario Guarneri on trumpet, Randy Vincent on guitar, John Witalla on bass and Akira Tana on drums perform innovative interpretations of jazz classics and many originals composed by Mario. These veteran local musicians have performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists, including Sonny Rollins, Zoot Sims, Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson, The Manhattan Transfer, Billy Childs, Art Farmer, George Cables, James Moody, Lena Horne and Roger Kellaway. They have three CD’s, “From My Heart”, “Choices” and “Tell your Story” you can take home with you. MORE INFO & BUY TIX.

Jackie Ryan: “One of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation…rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall.” – JAZZ TIMES Jackie Ryan is happy to be singing at the Throckmorton theater as she is a Marin county native. She was born and raised in San Rafael. Her Irish father was a classically trained tenor, and her Mexican born mother who sang at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, were both professional singers in their youth. Jackie remembers her parents bringing her up into the choir loft of St. Raphael’s church where they regularly sang for many years.  Being always surrounded singing, it was only natural that Jackie would pursue a career in music. Jackie’s three previous CDs charted #1 nationwide on Jazzweek’s industry standard radio chart. She has recorded and/or performed with Cyrus Chestnut, Red Holloway, Toots Thielemans, Clark Terry, Larry Vuckovich, Jon Hendricks, and Paquito D’Rivera to name a few. Miss Ryan has performed in festivals and venues all over the world, including eight years at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s club. She has sold out venues from New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center to SFJazz and Yoshis. Jackie‘s newest CD, “Recuerdos de Mi Madre” is a tribute to her mother and the music she loved. 

LOS PINGUOSOne night later, the Throck welcomes Los Pinguous! Originally from Argentina, this band creates a tantalizing mix of Latin rhythms with Spanish guitars, Peruvian cajon (box-drum) and rich harmonies on vocals. They are one of the most popular Latin groups in Los Angeles, having come to the U.S. with a mixture of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba flamenca and rock. The story began in 1999 when Adrián Buono, Enzo Buono, José Agote, Juan Manzur and Juan Manuel Leguizamón (later joined by bassist Santiago Lee) formed the band. In early 2001, Los Pinguos arrived in Los Angeles and began playing on the street (3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica) and local bars. They were discovered on the TV show, “The Next Big Star,” hosted and produced by Ed McMahon from “Star Search.” Los Pinguos have appeared on three of the famous Putumayo World Music compilation albums, Baila!, Radio Latino and World Party. They have performed worldwide, and their music has featured on TV shows like The Shield and The L Word, in movies like Imagining Argentina, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and two of their songs were included in Katherine Heigl’s movie The Ugly Truth. They also performed at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with Suzanne Vega. The band participated in the award-winning documentary on street musicians Playing for Change. They’ve played with such acts as Plácido Domingo, Paul Anka, Taj Mahal, The Skatalites, The Neville Brothers, Pablo Montero, Ozomatli, Cigala and Charly García. Currently, Los Pinguos are touring and recording new songs.

Noon Concert seriesLastly, Free Noon Concerts continue on August 16th at 12pm with Musubi, who will be delighting ears with their musical talents. Musubi is a trio of internationally acclaimed musicians: Haruka Fujii of the Grammy Award winning ensemble Silkroad, Ray Furuta – known as “The Rockstar of the Flute,” and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra’s associate principal violinist, Beni Shinohara. Together, they present melodies, rhythm, and harmony from and inspired by Japan.


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