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IN THE TRADITION Jazz & Pop Piano Trio

Piedmont Center for the Arts
Piedmont, CA

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                                                      MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED IN MAIN HALL!
                             The IN THE TRADITION Piano Trio  PRESENTS:
           (Bill Jackman - Piano,   Michael Jones - Bass,   Anthony Pegram - Drums).
                            ** IN THE INTIMATE NEW PCA CLASSIC JAZZ CLUB **  
                                       (complimentary refreshments included)

             "Autumn Leaves" Annual Fall Celebration    Saturday, September 21, 4:30 PM

NEXT: "A Tribute to Jimmy van Heusen"    Sunday, October 20, 4:30 PM  
THEN:  "A Tribute to Duke Ellington"    Sunday, November 10, 4:30 PM
and      "Music for the Holidays"     Sunday, December 8, 4:30 PM            

:      In an effort to preserve the tradition of the classic jazz and pop piano trio, the In the Tradition piano trio presents this year-long series of monthly celebrations to benefit the programs of Piedmont Center for the Arts. CDs available as thank-you gifts for donations!

    We are Bill, Michael, and Anthony, a jazz and pop piano trio dedicated to preserving the tradition of the classic jazz piano trio: the music of the Oscar Peterson Trio, the Red Garland Trio, the Wynton Kelly Trio, the Gene Harris Trio, etc. This musical format developed during the modern jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s. It flourished in Oakland and the East Bay during the 1950s with local jazz piano trios, but has since almost disappeared. Recall that legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, an East Bay native, rose to fame at The Burma Lounge nightclub in Oakland, where he played with the Dave Brubeck Trio from 1948 to 1950. To our knowledge, we are the last classic jazz piano trio  -- piano, bass, and drums -- still active in the East Bay.

    We are also dedicated to preserving the tradition of "pop piano." Not too many decades ago, almost all the hotels and most fine restaurants and clubs in the East Bay had a pianist playing the great pop tunes of the day and the classics (standards) from the Great American Songbook. Unfortunately, this tradition of "pop piano" has also largely vanished.  

In the Tradition Piano Trio Musicians' Bios:

    Bill Jackman has been our pianist for the past 30 years. He was a student of the late Oakland jazz pianist Art Fletcher, who for several decades presided over the grand piano, usually with Ruth Davies on bass, at the former Solomon Grundy's (now Skates) on the Berkeley Marina. Bill is a Lupita Records recording artist who has recorded six CDs in the piano trio format.  He is also an accomplished dancer, and Bill and his late wife Lupita made a dance video entitled Dancing to Jazz in which they danced to their own jazz piano trio music (

    Michael Jones is a bassist and band leader based in the Bay Area for over thirty years who plays acoustic music in the fine tradition of Jazz and Blues. After studying music at the University of Northern Colorado, Michael migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1970s where he has had the pleasure of playing with many icons including Al Tanner, Faye Carroll, Ed Kelley, Donald (Duck) Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Denise Perrier, Calvin Keyes, and Buddy Montgomery, to name a few. Michael's career as a sideman and bandleader includes serving as the Music Director for the Golden Gate Library Summer Concert and Jam Session series in Oakland, California, for the past 23 years.
    Anthony Pegram has been a drummer for jazz combos, R&B groups, and big bands in the Bay Area for over 40 years. He has accompanied such local talent as singers Maxine Glover, Denise Perrier and Kenny Washington. He was the drummer for the Brommels, a R&B group with roots in the 70's. He anchored the drummer`s chair for bands including the San Francisco All Stars Big Band, the Count Basie Tribute Orchestra, City Swing and community college bands. Most recently, he accompanied singer Marcella Hooks along with pianist Rodney Burge serving for over 13 years as the house trio for the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Scott`s Restaurant in Oakland`s Jack London Square. Anthony has been a resident of Oakland since 1969. In his other life, Anthony has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Civil Engineer. He worked as an engineer for BART for 26 years before retiring to focus on music and other interests.

  Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave.
Piedmont, CA 94611
United States
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