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Night Owl Music Series: Bill Ortiz and Jonathan Alford
Friday, January 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The mezzanine at the Castro Valley Marketplace comes alive from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm featuring Bill Ortiz and Jonathan Alford on stage
Bill Ortiz was the lead trumpet player for Santana… a chair he has held for over twelve years In addition to his world travels, Las Vegas showcases and arena gigs with Carlos’ crew, Ortiz’s sweet, assertive trumpet attack has made him one of the most in-demand players on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene.
Jonathan Alford has played piano since the age of 5. Taught by a musical after Alford played classical piano until he began exploring the world of jazz and Latin music in his late 20’s. Largely self taught alford has become a mainstay of the bay area music scene. He co-led Azesu with legendary Cuban timbalero Orestes Vilato of whom the Healdsburg Tribune said ‘Azesu lays down a new marker for Latin Jazz.’ Alford has also played with John Santos and Machete Ensemble, Santana, Chocolate Armenteros, and many other Latin greats as well as Bobby Hutchinson,Maria Marquez and John Stowell.
He is currently the leader of Proteus Trio with grammy winning artists Evan Price and Lewis Patzer. Andrew Gilbert of the East Bay Times has said ‘Proteus trio brings together 3 of the most versatile and adventurous musicians in the bay area. Proteus doesn’t so much ignore genre conventions as embrace every musical practice.
Enter through the west entry off the parking lot.
A selection of cocktails and bar bites will be served by Night Owl.