Sam Priven & Danielle Wertz
Saxophonist Sam Priven and vocalist Danielle Wertz present standards reimagined. They will be taking well-known American Songbook standards like Take the A Train, But Not for Me and The Way You Look Tonight, and putting them in new and unique musical settings to enhance the story and the lyrics. Sam and Danielle will be performing with Ian McArdle on piano.
Enjoy a selection of desserts prepared by Chef Traci, fresh fruit, and hot tea.
Sam Priven is a graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Growing up in the Bay Area, Sam had the privilege of studying with Ben Goldberg and Dann Zinn. Sam received an outstanding soloist award at Lincoln Center from Jimmy Heath and Wynton Marsalis, and received several Downbeat awards. Sam has performed with Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Ben Goldberg, Andy Martin, Wycliff Gordon, Martin Bejerano, and Brian Lynch, to name a few. Sam has performed in Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Germany, and at the Montreux, North Sea, Umbria, Monterey, Essentially Ellington, and Next Generation Jazz Festivals. He has also performed at such U.S. venues as Yoshi's and the Rose Room at Lincoln Center.
Danielle Wertz studied Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. She was named one of eleven semi-finalists in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, where she performed for judges Luciana Souza, Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, and Freddy Cole. Most recently she took second place in the 2017 Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition, and third place in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition. Danielle has performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, The Carlyle Club, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, and the St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall. She has performed with such renowned musicians as Cyrille Aimée, Gretchen Parlato, Chris Botti, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Bowie, Lena Seikaly, and Billy Williams. After the recent release of her debut album, one reviewer commented, One can hear how much time the musicians spent exploring the songs, moving away from clichéd performances into interpretations that are more personal. That's what audiences usually want. If the emotions are honest, the music has power.
"The whole experience was truly a fun evening -- the opportunity to see extremely talented musicians in concert in an intimate space, while enjoying excellent desserts, was exceptional. Kudos to the hosts!"
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library (View)
6501 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
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