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Roger Glenn – Beware the Vibes of March™ | The Bach

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Date(s) - 03/23/2014
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society


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Recognized as a master flute and vibraphone player, who also plays saxophone, clarinet, oboe, and many Latin hand percussion instruments, Roger Glenn can enthusiastically entertain and inspire an audience with every note he plays. Son of the late Tyree Glenn (trombone and vibraphone with Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong), Glenn continues the tradition of his musical family.  He has performed and recorded all over the world with such icons as Mary Lou Williams, Mongo Santamaria, Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader, Rosemary Clooney, Herbie Mann, Peaches and Herb, Bobby Hutcherson.  Today, he works with many different musicians, including Steve Miller, John Handy, Ray Obiedo, Jamie Davis, James Carter, Poncho Sanchez, Lavay Smith and Pete Escovedo. In addition, Roger is one-fourth of The San Francisco Jazz Quartet with a release of their first CD, Ode to Swing.


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  1. Roger Glenn says:

    Here is some additional information about the Beware the Vibes of March™ show:

    Roger Glenn and The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presents:
    Beware the Vibes of March™

    The Vibraphone is an instrument that is sometimes overlooked as part of the inventory of jazz and latin music. To showcase the importance of the instrument, some history and what it has offered to these music genres, we will be honoring past, present and future vibraphone performers. A collection of vibists selected will perform numbers from some of the great icons who have made the instrument famous.
         On vibes will be: Rex Allen with music of Lionel Hampton; Charlie Barreda with music of Cal Tjader; Michael Hatfield with music of Gary Burton; Smith Dobson V with music of Milt Jackson and Roger Glenn with music of Tito Puente.
         Backing the vibists will be a tremendous rhythm section consisting of David K. Mathews (Santana) on piano, Robb Fisher (Cal Tjader) on bass; Leon Joyce, Jr. (Ramsey Lewis) on drums.

    An afternoon of frenetic delight awaits with multiple vibraphones onstage. Come join us — be aware, but… Beware the Vibes of March!


    Roger Glenn, master multi-instrumentalist, composer and entertainer on the flute, sax and vibraphone, is the son of the late Tyree Glenn who was one of the 57 notable jazz musicians pictured in the historic photo “A Great Day in Harlem.” Glenn’s earliest memories as a toddler was hammering on the vibes which his father had rolled next to his crib. Following those early years, he has performed, toured and recorded to enthusiastic, sold out audiences with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, Rosemary Clooney, Herbie Mann and Pete Escovedo. Roger’s flute playing is featured on the Grammy Award winning album “La Onda Va Bien” with Cal Tjader, as well as many notable recordings by Donald Byrd, Peaches and Herb, ConFunkShun and Bobby Hutcherson. Living in the SF Bay Area since the mid-1970s, Roger works with many local and touring groups as well as his own “Roger Glenn Latin Jazz Ensemble” (finalizing studio production on his long-awaited CD “In the Moment”), “Roger Glenn Jazz Organ Trio” and “The San Francisco Jazz Quartet.” He plans to celebrate the “Vibes of March” as an annual event.

    Rex Allen’s mallet work has been heard for almost 40 years in San Francisco’s Swing scene with his 5-piece “Rex Allen’s Swing Express®” and elsewhere at jazz festivals from the Sacramento Jubilee to Indiana’s Jazz Artist Musicale. Allen has led the Tommy Dorsey and Gene Krupa Orchestras, and his own big band, now in its 37th year. He’s also known widely as a trombonist and drummer. His company America Swings Again! produces concerts and private events throughout the West Coast. Look for Rex’s upcoming vibes album, “Mallets of Forethought.”

    Michael Hatfield began playing vibraphone in high school when none of the other percussionists in the orchestra wanted to take it on. He studied with Gary Burton at Berklee College of Music, and then taught there for several years before taking up residence in San Francisco. Having way too much fun performing the music he loves, he plays everything from “cartoon fusion” to “torch songs.” Hatfield has several recordings on iTunes with his band “The Mallet Band” and is featured on several movie sound tracks and commercial jingles.

    Charlie Barreda, arranger, composer, multi-instrumentalist on keyboards, vibraphone, marimba, drums and percussion whose career started at the age of 12 in his native Peru. His formal training began in San Francisco at the Music & Arts Institute of San Francisco, where he studied classical percussion with Jack Van Der Wyck. He obtained a Masters Degree in Percussion and taught at the institute until 1988 when it closed. His Jazz vibes teacher was John Rae who had played with George Shearing, Mongo Santamaria and others. Since moving to San Francisco in 1973, Barreda has performed and recorded with the likes of Jules Broussard, E.W. Wainwright, George Cables, Si Perkoff, Tony Menjivar, Leo Rosales, Orestes Vilato, Louie Romero, Karl Perazzo, Pete Escovedo, and now “Alta Havana” and the new Salsa group “Vibrason” featuring the vibes. In addition to freelancing, Barreda’s own bands include “Corcovado,” “The Marimba Connection” and “Charlie Barreda SF Latin Jazz”, with CD release of the same name.

    Drummer-vibraphonist-saxophonist Smith Dobson V has been performing in the Bay Area for over twenty years. Originally from Santa Cruz, Dobson is a member of an important jazz family with his late father, Smith Dobson IV (pianist), his grandmother Norma, mother Gail, and sister all vocalists and grandfather Smith III, Jazz accordionist. He has worked with some local and international Jazz greats such as Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, Hal Stein, Noel Jewkes and Ben Goldberg. Since 2001, Dobson has turned much of his artistic energy to composing. In January 2007, he released his first album of original compositions entitled “Basement Bloodlines” on the Evander Music label. Dobson was featured at last year’s Monterey Jazz Festival with his band “Prez Kids,” playing Jazz influenced by the iconic Lester Young and early swing era.

    David K. Mathews is known in the S.F bay area as an eclectic musician with the ability to play many musical styles in an idiomatically correct fashion. Playing professionally since 1975, performing on the piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, clarinet and synthesizers, Mathews has worked and/or recorded with diverse artists, and currently as the keyboard player with Santana. At age 23, Mathews joined and toured for two years with the legendary Funk/Soul group “Tower of Power,” replacing original organist Chester Thompson. Years 1988-2009 (21 years) as the organist/pianist with Grammy Award Winning Queen of Rhythm & Blues, Etta James; touring with her to most of the world’s major jazz and blues festivals. Further credits among the many include: Wayne Shorter, John Handy, Boz Scaggs, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Tito Puente, Armando Peraza and Sheila E.

    For six years, bassist Robb Fisher toured and recorded with the legendary Cal Tjader, anchoring Cal’s Grammy Award winning album, “La Onda Va Bien” and Grammy Nominee album, “Gozame Pero Ya.” He has also worked extensively and recorded with such jazz and Latin luminaries as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Carmen McRae, Tania Maria, Clare Fischer, Poncho Sanchez, Buddy Montgomery, Mel Martin, Michael Wolff, Dick Whittington and Rob Schneiderman. He continues to perform in the Bay Area with various local jazz performers

    Leon Joyce, Jr. whose musical career began in high school, but was really shaped and nurtured when he joined the Marine Corps in 1976. As a drummer Leon has worked for a wide variety of top artists. A short list would include Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Howard Hewitt, Norman Connors, Tom Browne, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Yve Evans, Monty Alexander, Barry Harris, James Carter, Clark Terry, Conte Condoli, Ellis Marsalis, Larry Coryell, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Pete Fountain, Barbara Morrison, Sista Monica, Jamie Davis, Patti LaBelle & Mary Wilson. Joyce also leads his own Trio.

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