Join two of the leading jazz guitarists in the South Bay for an evening of unique and adventurous arrangements of originals and jazz standards performed in a guitar duo setting.
Mason Razavi: Mason Razavi is a jazz guitarist, composer/arranger, educator, and recording artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His albums have earned praise from critics while charting in the U.S. and receiving radio play internationally. Razavi has been described as a “thoughtful player and composer that offers the listener an introspective experience of deeper meaning” by Jazz Times. He maintains a busy performance schedule and has played on numerous stages from small clubs to theaters and festivals.
Hristo Vitchev: Referred by the media as one of the newest and most innovative voices in modern jazz guitar, Hristo’s music has been captivating audiences all across the globe. At only age 36 he has already released 7 critically acclaimed albums as a leader plus 4 more releases as a co-leader. He has also been named “Rising Star on the Guitar” by the prestigious DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE.
As JazzTimes magazine describes his music: “Vitchev’s sophisticated and adventurous work is imbued with shimmering harmonies and lyrical improvisations.”
“Vitchev’s multihued compositions are like impressionistic sound paintings.” – JAZZIZ
CRITICAL JAZZ says: “Hristo Vitchev may be one of the best kept secrets in jazz today. He is the epitome of sonic gold.”
"Local jazz greats Mason Razavi (guitar) and Amy Dabalos (vocals), along with their talented band, present an enchanting evening of jazz, featuring some of the most familiar, beloved standards from the so-called Great American Songbook. The concert will be presented "cafe style," with table seating, and wine and light refreshments for purchase throughout the evening."
Amy Dabalos, vocals
Mason Razavi, guitar and arrangements
Dan Robbins, bass
Mike Shannon, drums
with special guest John Worley on trumpet and flugelhorn
Vocalist Amy Dabalos and guitarist Mason Razavi lead a group at the annual festival on Sunnyvale's Murphy Street. Details TBA.
Vocalist Amy Dabalos and guitarist Mason Razavi lead a group playing songs from the Great American Songbook.
Guitarist/composer Mason Razavi celebrates the release of his fourth album, Quartet Plus, Volume 2 at Art Bouitki in San Jose, CA. Released by Origin Records (OA2 22142), this work is next in a series showcasing original music performed by Razavi's quartet and nonet. The album builds on the first Quartet Plus outing, which was warmly received by critics and spent 5 weeks on the American Top 40 Jazz chart CMJ (peaking at #17) and 7 weeks on the RMR Top 50 Jazz Chart (peaking at #5).
"From delicately scored ballads to a raucous take on "Caravan," Bay-Area guitarist Mason Razavi's second volume of his "Quartet Plus" series inhabits the great traditional jazz forms while enhancing them with modern textures and rhythms, creating a work that should leave jazz aficionados of various stripes nodding in approval. Working with pianist Bennett Roth-Newell, bassist Dan Robbins and drummer Cody Rhodes, the "Plus" is a five-piece horn section featured on several dynamic and intricately arranged compositions." - All About Jazz
"Evocative storytelling is the hallmark of Razavi's music." - All About Jazz
"Razavi is a thoughtful player and composer that offers the listener an introspective experience of deeper meaning, his latest offering is mature rendering of masterful playing and ideas. Razavi is definitely one to watch." - Jazz Times
"Mason's guitar work will astound you"- Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation
Mason Razavi, guitar
Bennett Roth-Newell, piano
Dan Robbins, bass
Cody Rhodes, drums
Justin Smith, trumpet
Ben Torres, alto sax, clarinet
Oscar Pangilinan, tenor sax, clarinet
Kevin Bryson, trombone
Alex Murzyn, bari sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
"Trombonist, composer, and educator Kevin Bryson makes his debut at Cafe Pink House. Throughout his career Kevin has worked as a sideman in a variety of genres including Rock, Salsa, and classical chamber music. As a Jazz soloist Kevin’s style is said to be emotionally direct, and melodic while paying homage to the sound of the great bebop trombonists JJ Johnson and Curtis Fuller.
For this concert Kevin will be joined by a superb rhythm section featuring Mason Razavi on Guitar, Dan Robbins on Bass, and Jason Lewis on Drums. The group will perform a variety of modern jazz favorites as well as new original music."