|Friedman Quartet to play at SRJC
The Bennett Friedman Quartet is scheduled to perform at Santa Rosa Junior College on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. in the Newman Auditorium.
Proceeds from the concert benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.
Larry Dunlap will be a featured pianist for the concert. Dunlap, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is “one of the best pianists around – anywhere” and called him a “remarkable and versatile accompanist.” Since 1983, he has served as pianist for the British diva Cleo Lane, and has appeared with Joe Williams, Gerry Mulligan and Art Farmer.
Drummer David Rokeach also will join this quartet. He has toured with Ray Charles and appeared on “The Late Show with Johnny Carson” with the Doc Severinson Orchestra. He has also performed with Grammy winners Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, and Joe Henderson, among others.
Bassist Andrew Emer is a Sonoma County native who recently spent 10 years in New York performing with artists such as Lee Konitz, Billy Higgins, and Donald Byrd.
Saxophonist Friedman has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, and the Russian River Jazz Festival.
He has been featured as a soloist with Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole and Marvin Gaye. Friedman has taught Jazz Studies at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1977. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz composition.
Admission to the event is $10 general and $5 for students and seniors.
Proceeds from the concert benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund. SRJC is located at 1501 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa.