Tuesday, November 26, 8pm

ALma matters

Live at Yoshi's


On Tuesday, November 26, Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist/producer Jeff Weinmann brings his 11-piece all-star collective Alma Matters to Yoshi's, where many of its members - leading lights in the worlds of contemporary jazz, Latin, hip-hop and R&B - have done countless memorable performances with various ensembles over the last 30 years. Having recently recorded tracks for their second album at Berkeley's legendary Fantasy Studios, the Bay Area-based band - many of whom came through the Berkeley Public Schools Jazz Program together in the 70's and 80's - will be showcasing new material by trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman and guitarist Ian Faquini, in addition to performing songs from their debut release, the eponymous "Alma Matters." The show will also feature vocalists Sandy Cressman Music, Tony Lindsay (of Santana fame) and Terrance Kelly (founder and director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir) as well as rapper Chris Burger (of the Bay Area jazz-meets-hip-hop group Alphabet Soup) and saxophonist Eddie Mininfield (Sheila E, Prince) in addition to AM regulars, co-leader Peter Apfelbaum, Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Jeff Cressman (trombone), John Schott (guitar), Steve Hogan (bass), Josh Jones (drums, percussion) and co-leader Weinmann (drums, flute, vocals).

As Dan Bilawsky writes in his review of Alma Matters's debut CD in All About Jazz, "Soul matters, educational foundations matter, inclusive music scenes matter, and this album - conceptually invested in all those beliefs - most certainly matters."

Check out the recently-released video set to Alma Matters' version of the African-American spiritual "Wade In The Water", directed by Shaka Jamal and featuring Terrence Kelly along with Daktari Dance Medicine Collective (musical arrangement by Peter Apfelbaum)

Proceeds from this event will go to support The Roots of Music, a non-profit music education organization in New Orleans.