Peter Apfelbaum/Josh Jones Duo, Natalie Cressman & Secret GardenPurchase tickets online
August 10 8:00 pm
Peter Apfelbaum is a musician, composer, and band leader extraordinaire. Born in Berkeley in 1960, he started innovating as a three-year-old when he first picked up a pair of drumsticks, moved on to piano and saxophone in elementary school, and at age 11 formed his first band. In his senior year at Berkeley High, he founded the 17-piece Hieroglyphics Ensemble as a vehicle for exploring non-traditional musical forms. Since then, he’s worked with a staggering array of extraordinary musicians, including a long line of Berkeley greats—Benny Green, Craig Handy, Steve Bernstein, Dave Ellis, Joshua Redman—as well as Lee Konitz, Oliver Lake, Don Cherry, O.J. Ekemode, Dafnis Prieto, Cecil Taylor, Charlie Hunter, the late Levon Helm, Harry Belafonte, and the Grateful Dead. Peter still plays with Trey Anastasio of Phish fame, and makes music with a wide assortment of musicians in countless configurations. “What’s most striking,” says All About Jazz, “is Apfelbaum's genre-mashing ambition as he blends jazz with a host of world music influences to form a powerfully grooving sound that’s utterly benign, even beatific.” He’s joined tonight by drummer Josh Jones.
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