Joel Behrman Quartet

Joel Behrman Quartet

Sunday, Mar 17th, 2013

4 PM

Donation $15

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Please join us on Sunday, March 17 when Avonova presents the Joel Behrman Quartet.  The show starts at 4 PM and the donation is set at $15.   Joel is coming off of his debut CD release called “Steppin Back”.  Playing a mixture of tunes by the jazz masters as well as some of his originals, Joel, along with Matt Clark on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, and Howard Wiley on drums, will bring you everything you need to get your sunday afternoon jazz fix: soulfuness, swing, and fun.

Joel Behrman, 37, grew up in a St. Louis suburb and, at age 9, started on his first instrument, trombone, a horn he still plays frequently today. He went on to earn his music degree at the University of Miami, studying with world-class improvisers like Ira Sullivan (another two-horn master) and playing countless salsa gigs on the local scene. He went on the road with KC and the Sunshine Band and eventually moved to the Bay Area, where several UM friends were already living.

Behrman started playing with the New Orleans-inspired Brass the Monkey Brass Band on trumpet and trombone. He played funk with Lenny Williams, the former lead vocalist with Tower of Power; East Bay grease with Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, another vintage soul/R&B combo; and New Jack Swing with Tony! Toni! Toné! — all gigs that required him to hone his trumpet chops and really develop his technique. But the most important gig was joining swing/blues vocalist Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

“That was a life-changing experience, getting introduced to genuine swing,” Behrman says. “There was a standard you had to live up to, being able to swing and play the blues. It really shaped certain opinions and philosophies in my mind.”  These days Behrman is touring internationally with percussion star Sheila E., and also performing widely with her father, the Latin jazz great Pete Escovedo. He still gets gigs as a trombonist, but the trumpet has increasingly become his primary creative vehicle, to the point where he didn’t think twice about playing the horn exclusively on  his debut album Steppin’ Back.  Behrman’s immediate goal is to find opportunities to perform with his sextet. “I couldn’t have hoped for a better assembly of musicians,” says the trumpeter. “They really understand what I’m trying to accomplish on this project.”

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